Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2017 Regional Award Winner

 

Shorequip Sandy Shores Farm Ltd., Norfolk County

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James Kingsbury, Hon Deb Matthews, MPP

James Kingsbury, Hon Deb Matthews, MPP

For workers using conventional multi-person picking carts to harvest asparagus, progress up and down the rows can have efficiency challenges. To avoid potential bottlenecks, Shorequip Sandy Shores Farm hired an engineering firm to design Mantis: a one-person cart that allows staffers to pick at their own pace. Thanks to the efficient new carts, growers can harvest more fields while significantly reducing the cost of production. The lighter-weight equipment reduces soil compaction and overall impact to the environment. Don't be surprised to see the made-in-Ontario innovation south of the border: with 85,000 acres of asparagus farmland in Mexico and the U.S., there's a big market for this little cart.


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