Archive for March 2018

Summary of 2018 Annual General Meeting

Audience at CHC 2018 AGM

The 96th Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Horticultural Council took place in Ottawa from March 13-15, 2018. By all accounts, the event was a success. More than 150 delegates from all over Canada participated in over 30 standing committee and working group meetings for an update on activities and to discuss issues pertaining to…

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Harrison Van Meekeren: Injecting New Ideas into Apple Farming

Harrison Van Meekeren
Harrison Van Meekeren of Van Meekeren Farms, pictured here in a field planted with a cover crop blend that includes sorghum-sudangrass, oriental mustard, and Japanese millet. The field will be planted with apple trees in the spring of 2018 and it’s hoped the cover crops will act as biological fumigants once they are mulched and incorporated into the soil, helping to reduce replant diseases and inhibit harmful nematodes in the new establishing orchard. Photo credit: Van Meekeren Farms.

By Mark Halsall Harrison Van Meekeren is a third-generation apple farmer in Lakeville, Nova Scotia, managing the crop on property his grandfather Frank bought back in 1964 to grow vegetables, apples, and other fruit that he sold door-to-door. Today, Van Meekeren Farms comprises a bustling apple packing facility, along with 100 acres of trees that…

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A Model Farm: Where Ecology and Short Distribution Channels Work Together

Véronique Bouchard and François Handfield
Véronique Bouchard and François Handfield, owners of Ferme aux petits oignons, were named 2017 Canada Outstanding Young Farmers, along with Derek and Tannis Axten of Saskatchewan. Photo credit: Ferme aux petits oignons.

By Simon Lavoie, Les Producteurs en serre du Québec Located in the charming valley of the Diable River in Quebec’s Laurentian Region, Ferme aux petits oignons has an incredible story to tell. As part of the wave of agroecological horticultural field and greenhouse production, the Mont-Tremblant business continues to impress with its capacity to develop…

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Bryce Loewen: Advocating Health Benefits of Potatoes

Bryce Loewen
Bryce Loewen (centre) of Garden Valley Vegetable Growers, pictured here with his dad, Leonard Loewen, and his cousin, Austin Loewen. Photo credit: Peak of the Market.

Bryce Loewen is a 28-year-old potato farmer in Winkler, Manitoba who believes more young people should be eating more spuds because of their significant nutritional value. That’s why he supports a new fresh potato marketing campaign from Manitoba’s grower-owned vegetable marketing board, Peak of the Market. The campaign, called Potahto Lovers of Manitoba, was launched…

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Cory Gerrard: Potato Farming in the Shadow of Vancouver

Cory Gerrard
Cory Gerrard of Rod Swenson Farms. Photo credit: Rod Swenson Farms.

By Mark Halsall Cory Gerrard is a 33-year-old potato producer at Rod Swenson Farms, a fourth-generation farm on Westham Island in Delta, British Columbia. Gerrard married into the Swenson family and runs the operation along with his wife, brother-in-law, and father-in-law, but he’s certainly no stranger to farm life. “I was born into it,” says…

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Legacy Program: Supporting the Success and Longevity of Canadian Horticulture

Bob Mitchell, owner of SunTech greenhouses, describes the use of disinfectants to cleanse the greenhouse after the growing season, during the CHC crop protection information tour.
Bob Mitchell, owner of SunTech greenhouses, describes the use of disinfectants to cleanse the greenhouse after the growing season, during the CHC crop protection information tour.

By Karen Davidson In 2022, the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) will be marking its 100th anniversary. That’s one hundred years of focused advocacy work on behalf of fruit and vegetable growers across the country. As a small not-for-profit, CHC prides itself on being able to make the most of its limited resources, yet its success…

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Awards presented at CHC 2018 AGM Banquet

alvin presenting the doug connory award to john macdonald
John MacDonald, (R) receives the Doug Connery Award from outgoing president, Alvin Keenan.

A changing of the guard was a central theme at the recent Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) annual general meeting. Held in Ottawa from March 13-15, the meeting attracted 150 delegates to review and debate policy – and to honour those for outstanding service to horticulture. Rebecca Lee, CHC Executive Eirector, gave an Honourary Life Membership…

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Update – NAFTA Round 7 – Mexico City

CHC was on the ground in Mexico City for the agricultural portion of Round 7, from February 24-27. NAFTA Highlights Negotiators closed the sanitary and phytosanitary chapter, good regulatory practices chapter, and publication and administration chapter, as well as the chemicals annex, and the proprietary food formulas annex. These are in addition to three others…

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