a 38’ long mobile snapshot of our 160 acre farm in Leamington, ON and 45 acres in Delta, OH that was built to show consumers how we grow. Traveling to locations throughout eastern North America, check out our calendar to see when we are coming to a town near you.View All Events
Not all vegetables are created equal.From carrots to broccoli to Tomatoes, they are all different. What further differentiates vegetables is how they are grown. Greenhouse grown Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, and Cucumbers are the most consistently flavorful vegetables there are. Our sustainable growing environment where we recycle 100% of our nutrient water, grow in medium that is not dirt, and use Bumble Bees to pollinate our flowers allows us to be unique. We are a family owned & operated greenhouse operation with facilities in Leamington, Ontario and Delta, Ohio that enables us to grow year-round, although we cannot grow year round in a single greenhouse. This is because of how greenhouses work: the greenhouse grows tomatoes for 10 months per year. During the remaining 2 months of a 12 month cycle, the greenhouse facility is cleaned and disinfected to prepare for the next crop cycle. Typically the cleaning process starts with the removal and shredding of all current plant material. The facility is then swept and air blown to gather any other debris. The next step is disinfection. This step is very important because it allows us to do all we can to ensure that the new plants have the least chance of being subject to harmful external factors such as pests and disease, and enables limited and targeted pesticide spray use. After the greenhouse has been disinfected and dried we can then begin to prep for the arrival of new plants. During this down time for production, various maintenance is done on the facility including checking and repairing water systems, packaging lines, scissor carts and greenhouse controls. At the end of this 2 month process, new tomato plants are planted and the cycle begins again. Our challenge? Do consumers really know how their vegetables are grown and where they come from? Surprisingly, most do not. This is where we come in.
a learning experience for all
The Greenhouse Education Center is an essential tool in our quest to increase fresh produce consumption.