Nutraponics employees include aquaculturalist Geoff Harrison, left, plant specialist Stephanie Bach and CEO Tanner Stewart. The company grows fresh produce at its facility 
near Sherwood Park, Alta. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Going indoors to grow local

SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. — Providing fresh local produce to Canadians year round could be achieved with a new farming concept that combines horticulture with aquaculture. NutraPonics, which opened in 2015 near Sherwood Park, is dedicated to supplying the local produce market and supporting local suppliers. Since last December, it has been selling fresh romaine lettuce, […] Read more

Photo selective netting experiments cover Honeycrisp apple trees at the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee.  |  Lee Kaicsits photo

Coloured netting is picky with light

Photo selective netting gives fruit and vegetable growers something to smile about, says a provincial specialist in fruit crops. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s a win, win, win,” Forrest Scharf of Saskatchewan Agriculture told the Saskatchewan Fruit Growers Association’s annual conference in Saskatoon Jan. 15-16. The special netting helps control leaf size, stem length, […] Read more

Rick Gelowitz checks the quality of the saskatoons at his farm in central Alberta. Solstice Berry Farm has been a commercial operation for seven years.   |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Saskatoon growers move from bushes to pies

DOG POUND, Alta. — The first things visitors see when they approach Solstice Berry Farm are long parallel rows of saskatoon bushes climbing up a hill toward Rick and Marsha Gelowitz’s home. The family’s quarter section of hayland between Crossfield and Dog Pound was converted to a saskatoon orchard in 2003. “We had done our […] Read more


Steve Loewen told participants at the Vegetable Open House at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus that excessive rainfall has increased the incidence of bacterial disease in Ontario tomato fields.  |  Jeffrey Carter photo

Hairy tomatoes come with built-in protection

The hairs on a tomato, which are called trichomes, have defensive capabilities for deterring insect threats

Anyone growing tomatoes has likely observed the profusion of tiny hairs. University of Guelph plant breeder Steve Loewen says there are good reasons for their presence. In science speak, the hairs are known as trichomes, and there are two main types: glandular and non-glandular. Both types appear on the stems and leaves and can be […] Read more

Spinach is one crop that can be produced in the dead of winter without supplemental heat and light.  |  Ten Hen Farms photo

High tunnels help growers harvest year-round

In the right greenhouse, some cold-hardy vegetables can be grown in winter without additional heating

ORILLIA, Ont. — High tunnels are not just about extending the growing season for market gardeners. In latitudes where the sunlight allows, some are now harvesting crops year round with no supplemental heat. Adam Montri operates Ten Hen Farms at a latitude of 42.8 degrees north in central Michigan with his family. He is also […] Read more


Gary and Susan Snow operate Tabletree Enterprises in Creston, B.C.  | File photo

B.C. producers juice up CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos

Tabletree black cherry juice | B.C. producers and juice makers 
sell to Canadian Football League coach for use as an anti-inflammatory

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Matt Reilly is known for running the ball in the face of unlikely odds. Will a shot of cherry juice from a Creston, B.C., company help protect him from injury and heal his bruises? Eskimos head coach Chris Jones may have that in mind. Tabletree Enterprises co-owners Gary and Susan Snow, who […] Read more