Ontario Field Produce business updates

06/07/2012 02:26:00 PM
Coral Beach

Grower sells Tunnel Tech business

Bill Nightingale recently sold his agriculture tunnel business, Tunnel Tech, to Tillsonburg Tube Inc.

Nightingale and his son Bill Nightingale Jr. operate Nightingale Farms, LaSalette, Ontario.

Keith Prince, owner of Tillsonburg Tube, Tillsonburg, Ontario, said in a news release that the addition of Tunnel Tech is in line with his plan to diversify while maintaining a focus on green business. He said the tunnels help growers extend seasons and improve quality and yield.

Tunnel Tech provides turnkey services, beginning with planning and site measurements and continuing through installation, venting and tunnel management services. Tunnels are customized for each installation to accommodate winds, microclimates, soil types and crops.

Welsh Bros. Farm expands cooling space

For the past two years Welsh Bros. Farm, Scotland, Ontario, has been in an aggressive capital improvement mode, increasing cool capacity.

Charles Welsh, a partner in the growing operation, said they have doubled their cooling space and quadrupled their cooling capacity because it takes less time to cool the produce.

With the improved cooling capacity the Welsh operation only needs about half an hour to cool produce to 34 degrees. Welsh said that means the produce they handle can be at the optimum temperature within an hour of being picked.

Wilmot Orchards staff bikes for cancer study

For five years employees from Wilmot Orchards have been riding to raise money for cancer research. They have raised more than $35,000.

This year the Newcastle, Ontario-based orchard is continuing the tradition with a team entered in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. The two-day event covers a 200-kilometer route. Each rider must raise $2,500 to participate.

Wilmot Orchard employees scheduled to make the ride are Charles Stevens, Robbie Montgomery and Jeremy Calhoun. All proceeds go to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, Toronto.


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