Posted by: colleenoshea | February 10, 2009

“Canada’s Premier Horticultural Event” Approaches!

     Brock University in St Catherines Ontario will yet again be the host site of The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention next week. Otherwise known as “Canada’s Premier Horticultural Event” the conference will take place from Feb 18 to 19th. This leading horticulture show will include two “jammed packed” days of learning, networking and entertainment. According to the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention website, the highlights of this years event will include:

• Speakers from across Canada and the United States

• Two full days of learning sessions covering key horticultural issues

• Great networking opportunities with fellow growers and industry experts

• Trade show featuring industry leading suppliers

• Fine Food & Wine evening reception

• Sessions including: Apples, Berries, China, Direct Farm Marketing, Energy, Farmers’ Markets, Grapes, Organic, Pest Management, Tender fruit, Vegetables, Winery and many more (sessions subject to change).

In addition, a historical event will be held in conjunction with the conference- one which I am very excited for. The first annual Farmers Markets Canada Conference and Annual General Meeting will take place from February 16-17. During this exciting event, informative working and educating sessions will take place and the election of the first board of directors for Farmers Markets Canada will be named from across the country. As well, a major highlight will be the release of the 2008 Economic Impact Study of Canadian Farmers Markets- a study which farmers markets from every province participated in and thus will be quite intriguing to everyone. Immediately following the Farmers Market Ontario 19th Annual Networking Symposium will take place.


      For many horticulture enthusiasts this event is a nice change of pace from busy farm life to meet with other growers, or others involved in the horticulture business and share in their successes and challenges over the past year. I know my father will be in attendance again this year and this is an event which he looks forward to annually. Usually, this is a tradition for him and I to go to together and make the most of “father-daughter bonding time”, but unfortunately I will not be able to attend this year. As a youngster this conference simply was a chance for me to get off of school for a few days, spend some time with my Dad while staying in a hotel with a pool and to “terrorize the trade show” with my ‘Uncle’ Bob Chorny for free stuff. However, since my younger years I have learned that this event is so much more. It really is in a league of its own- bringing together some of the top researchers in the country, the greatest speakers, and experts in the fields of horticulture. It’s a time for horticultural enthusiasts to get together and share their thoughts, ideas and future plans for their operations and work together to improve the agricultural industry. It certainly will be an event in which many issues and topics on Ag-Communications will come forth, unfortunately I won’t be able to report on them…but will make sure Dad takes great notes for me.

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