Canada: Photo report greenhouse tour Beverley Greenhouses

Ontario greenhouse vegetables – specifically cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers – are one of our largest local produce crops and one that we an enjoy almost all year round. Most of the vegetable greenhouses are centered in the Leamington and Niagara areas. Earlier this spring, an editor for the blog Food and Farming Canada was able to tour one of these operations Flamborough area : Beverly Greenhouses, where brothers Jan and Dale VanderHout grow 22 acres of English cucumbers. The tour was part of an annual food media tour hosted by Farm & Food Care.

During the visit, Jan fielded in-depth questions on everything from pest control, plant genetics and water use to the farm’s work force and how and where the cucumber crop is marketed.

Participants were particularly impressed by his operation’s innovative approaches to pest control – like using ornamental pepper plants as a food source for the minute pirate bugs (Orius) that help control thrips in the greenhouse.

Click here to view the photo report at Food and Farming Canada's blog

Source: Food and Farming Canada

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