Mucci Farms, Kingsville, Ontario

Grower Herney Hernandez (middle) welcomed us at Mucci's tomato production site in Kingsville, Ontario. Mucci Farms owns 150 acres of greenhouses, and are responsible for the marketing of more than 400 acres of Ontario greenhouse product across North America.
Grower Herney Hernandez (middle) welcomed us at Mucci's tomato production site in Kingsville, Ontario. Mucci Farms owns 150 acres of greenhouses, and are responsible for the marketing of more than 400 acres of Ontario greenhouse product across North America.
This 15 acre greenhouse is part of a 30 acre expansion that was completed by Thermo Energy Systems in 2013. Both 15 acre greenhouses are used for the cultivation of tomatoes on the vine.
This 15 acre greenhouse is part of a 30 acre expansion that was completed by Thermo Energy Systems in 2013. Both 15 acre greenhouses are used for the cultivation of tomatoes on the vine.
This is the other 15 acre greenhouse. Both greenhouses are connected with Metazet's Chain Track System. Full trolleys will be automatically sent to the processing area, while empty trolleys will be returned to the harvesting crew.
This is the other 15 acre greenhouse. Both greenhouses are connected with Metazet's Chain Track System. Full trolleys will be automatically sent to the processing area, while empty trolleys will be returned to the harvesting crew.
The rows are 100 meters. The crops grown are ; Rijk Zwaan's Endeavour and De Ruiter's Komeett. The crops are grafted on RZ Kaiser, RZ Bruce and De Ruiter's DRO141TX rootstocks. At the moment of our visit, the greenhouse with Endeavour was 1,5 kilo/m2 ahead in production.
The rows are 100 meters. The crops grown are ; Rijk Zwaan's Endeavour and De Ruiter's Komeett. The crops are grafted on RZ Kaiser, RZ Bruce and De Ruiter's DRO141TX rootstocks. At the moment of our visit, the greenhouse with Endeavour was 1,5 kilo/m2 ahead in production.
The tomato plants are grown on Grodan Vital rockwool substrate and propagated on Cultilene cubes by OntarioPlants. Clips are used instead of twining the crop.
The tomato plants are grown on Grodan Vital rockwool substrate and propagated on Cultilene cubes by OntarioPlants. Clips are used instead of twining the crop.
The bus tour participants fired many questions at Mucci Farms' grower & manager Herney Hernandez.
The bus tour participants fired many questions at Mucci Farms' grower & manager Herney Hernandez.
This corridor connects both 15 acre TOV greenhouses to the central packing area.
This corridor connects both 15 acre TOV greenhouses to the central packing area.
Also Mucci Farms fights white fly with the help of patterned sticky tape Optiroll Super from Russell IPM.
Also Mucci Farms fights white fly with the help of patterned sticky tape Optiroll Super from Russell IPM.
The crops are being harvested directly into the end packaging in some occasions. All the produce is marketed to major retailers like Costco, and the tomatoes are shipped in 11, 13 or 4.4 pound packaging. (5,6 or 2 kilo).
The crops are being harvested directly into the end packaging in some occasions. All the produce is marketed to major retailers like Costco, and the tomatoes are shipped in 11, 13 or 4.4 pound packaging. (5,6 or 2 kilo).
In order to optimize the labour management, productivity and traceability, all employees register their work and locations via Priva's FS Performance.
In order to optimize the labour management, productivity and traceability, all employees register their work and locations via Priva's FS Performance.
In order to optimize the labour management, productivity and traceability, all employees register their work and locations via Priva's FS Performance.
In order to optimize the labour management, productivity and traceability, all employees register their work and locations via Priva's FS Performance.
Each task has its own code and RFID tag.
Each task has its own code and RFID tag.
2 kilo packaging.
2 kilo packaging.
All trusses are pruned to 5 fruits.
All trusses are pruned to 5 fruits.
Visser was responsible for the design and installation of this immense fully automated packing line.
Visser was responsible for the design and installation of this immense fully automated packing line.
A special line for the 2 kilo / 4.4 pounds packaging.
A special line for the 2 kilo / 4.4 pounds packaging.
Each carton is checked on quality, color and and weighed.
Each carton is checked on quality, color and and weighed.
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The 2 kilo boxes are shrinkwrapped with a special film to guarantee freshness.
The 2 kilo boxes are shrinkwrapped with a special film to guarantee freshness.
We would like to thank Herney Hernandez and Mucci Farms for hosting the 2015 Canadian Greenhouse Conference Bus Tour.
We would like to thank Herney Hernandez and Mucci Farms for hosting the 2015 Canadian Greenhouse Conference Bus Tour.

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