According to an article published in betterfarming.com, by SUSAN MANN the provincial greenhouse vegetable industry accounted for nearly two thirds of all Canadian greenhouse vegetable and fruit sales in 2011.
The Ontario greenhouse growers’ group move into its newly constructed office building this spring is helping to facilitate overall growth in the sector, says spokesman George Gilvesy.
The move into the 5,500 square foot building in Leamington also reflects the advancing needs of Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers’ members. The building has a large, technologically advanced conference room with seating for about 80 people making it possible for the organization to host on-site meetings and educational opportunities with its more than 220 members who grow greenhouse tomato, cucumbers and bell peppers.
The organization made the move into the new building after it outgrew its previous location. The Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, operating since 1967, had been renting facilities for many years.
Ontario is a greenhouse vegetable-producing powerhouse accounting for 63.3 per cent of Canadian greenhouse vegetable and fruit sales last year, according to Statistics Canada’s Greenhouse, Sod and Nursery Industries Report, 2011 released in May. Sales of greenhouse, nursery and sod products in Canada rose 1.3 per cent to nearly $3.3 billion last year and the increase was mostly the result of a 5.3 per cent gain in greenhouse vegetable and fruit sales, which reached $1.1 billion.
The number of greenhouses in Canada last year, 3,220, declined slightly from 3,285 in 2010 but the total area they covered increased to nearly 23 million square metres in 2011 from 22.5 million square metres in 2010. Most of the expansion was in greenhouse vegetables, Statistics Canada says.
Gilvesy, general manager of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, says increased sales correspond almost directly to an increase in provincial acreage. In Ontario, acreage went to 2,067 this year from 1,919 in 2011.
Increased demand for greenhouse products
Increased demand for greenhouse products is driving the expansion. “There is an increase in greenhouse products available at retail and in some cases displacing field products,” he says.