Feature articles

Feature articles provide a big-picture look at the issues that are facing the horticulture industry, and what these possible changes might mean for growers. Although the perspective of the articles is high-level, the stories also provide actionable advice.

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What to Expect When You’re Inspected: The Tools You Need for Your Farm’s Audit & Inspection

Nov 14, 2018
men in field

By Janet Krayden, Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) If your farm uses the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) through the Seasonal Agriculture Worker Program (SAWP) or Agricultural Stream to fill job vacancies when Canadians do not apply, you will have noticed the number of audits and inspections have increased significantly. According to Employment and…

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She’s All That: A Look at the Passionate Women Farm Workers Who Make the Trip to Canada

Nov 13, 2018
felena on tractor
Felena Pereira.

Story and photos by Jeff Tribe Felena Pereira lives her life with the personal philosophy, For success, always keep trying, always get your feet wet. “Meaning, don’t be afraid to get in there,” explains the Tabaquite, Trinidad resident and six-year Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) participant at Schuyler Farms Limited near Simcoe, Ontario. “It could…

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Harrison Van Meekeren: Injecting New Ideas into Apple Farming

Mar 26, 2018
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

Mar 26, 2018
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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Dusty Zamecnik: Horticultural Entrepreneur

Mar 26, 2018
Dusty Zamecnik
Dusty Zamecnik of EZ Grow Farms. Photo credit: EZ Grow Farms.

Dusty Zamecnik is a 27-year-old horticultural farmer in the lush farmland of Norfolk County, Ontario, which is situated close to Lake Erie’s north shore. Now production manager at his family’s EZ Grow Farms, Zamecnik returned to farming in 2014 after getting a business degree from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and spending…

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Bryce Loewen: Advocating Health Benefits of Potatoes

Mar 26, 2018
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

Mar 26, 2018
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

Mar 26, 2018
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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Safe Food for Canadians Regulations: DRC Membership Requirement for Buyers and Sellers of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Nov 10, 2017
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By Canada’s Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation Canada’s Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) are expected to come into force in mid-2018. Although much of the detail has to do with food safety and traceability, the regulations also include important trade and commerce requirements pertaining specifically to buyers and sellers of fresh fruits and…

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Artificial Intelligence and Scouting

Nov 3, 2017
Patrick Wspanialy makes adjustments to robotic arm
Patrick Wspanialy, a member of the GIGAS team at the University of Guelph’s Robotics Institute, making adjustments to the robotic arm and grippers. Photo: The Robotics Institute @ Guelph.

A disease-detecting robot devised by scientists at the University of Guelph is undergoing testing at a commercial greenhouse in Ontario. What could this mean for Canada’s greenhouse industry? By Mark Halsall One of the most dynamic forms of technological advancement today is artificial intelligence. Its use in such fields as transportation, health care and finance…

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