US (NS): Planting ideas for growth on Nova Scotia farms

The growing season at Andy Vermeulen's farm looks very different these days from what it was in 1988.

Back then, Vermeulen Farms Ltd. in Canning, N.S., was focused on growing fresh salad vegetables, which evolved through the years to crops such as asparagus, cucumbers, peppers, squash, and zucchini — everything from A to Z, he says, with a laugh.

The biggest crop of them all for Vermeulen now, however, is strawberries.

"It's really an exciting time to be in agriculture," the veteran farmer says as he provides a tour of the acre-sized greenhouse. He built it in 2017 following trips to visit family in Holland, where he got a glimpse of the future.

The greenhouse, a $1-million investment, provides the kind of certainty a farmer in 1988 could only have dreamed of. For Vermeulen, it also shows what's possible for Nova Scotia's agriculture sector.


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