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Our Growing Practices

OGVG growers utilize the latest advances in hydroponic technology, computerized climate control and integrated pest management using good bugs to eat the bad bugs in order to ensure that the vegetables you eat are fresh and nutritious.

The controlled greenhouse environment enables us to grow a uniform product that minimizes waste and maximizes yield and quality. Ontario greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers are grown in a nutrient-rich water solution. Our growers also utilize bumblebees to naturally pollinate tomatoes and pepper crops.

OUR FOOD SAFETY STANDARDS

OGVG was one of the first grower groups to regulate food safety in its sector and was among the first horticultural organizations in North America to require all of its growers, packers and marketers to undergo annual third-party food safety audits. In addition, many OGVG growers implement a rigorous traceability program, allowing their produce to be traced back to the time and location of picking.

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Innovative processing techniques allow water and nutrients to be recycled within the greenhouse, reducing water consumption and protecting this valuable natural resource. OGVG’s Environmental Policy encourages all growers to practice nutrient recirculation.

The link, on the right, contains the current Environmental Policy governing the activities of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers organization.

PHOSPHORUS REDUCTION

Ontario's greenhouse farmers are very concerned about increasing phosphorus loadings in the Great Lakes and are committed to addressing this issue through education, adaptation and mitigation. See the link to the right view our phosphorus reduction strategy outlining our progress to date and our plans for the future.

OGVG's Phosphorus Reduction Strategy