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Keith Wright awarded the Golden Apple Award for Ontario

January 16, 2009  By Jim Meyers


goldenappleJanuary 15, 2009, Niagara Falls, Ont. – Keith Wright of Wrightland
Farms in Harrow, Ont., was presented with the (Ontario) Golden Apple
Award at the annual meeting of the Ontario Fruit &Vegetable
Growers’ (OF&VGA) and the Ontario Apple Growers (OAG) in Niagara
Falls Jan.12-14.

January 15, 2009, Niagara Falls, Ont. – Keith Wright of Wrightland Farms in Harrow, Ont., was presented with the Golden Apple Award for Ontario at the annual meeting of the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ (OF&VGA) and the Ontario Apple Growers (OAG) in Niagara Falls Jan.12-14.

goldenapple
Essex County apple grower Keith Wright (middle) and his wife, Susan, receive the Ontario Golden Apple Award from Keith Lockhart (right), commercial manager – crop protection with Chemtura Canada. The company sponsored the award and wrap-up luncheon at the OF&VGA’s 150th annual meeting. Photo by Jim Meyers

Keith was a voluntary member of a steering committee that worked four years to form the OAG in 2004 and since that time has been a director for his growing area near Windsor in Essex County.

He’s past president and is currently a director of the Essex County Associated Growers and is a director on the board of the Ontario Asparagus Growers’ Marketing Board. Keith is also a past director and former president (1993-94) of the OF&VGA.

Keith graduated with a degree in agriculture from the University of Guelph and began his farming career on the family farm. Wrightland Farms harvests 62 acres of apples as well as asparagus, cabbage, and cantaloupe fruit and vegetable crops plus soybeans and seed corn.

The award presentation sponsored by Chemtura was made by OAG chairman Brian Gilroy, who outlined Keith’s cutting edge farm practices in regard to Integrated Pest Management spray programs, irrigation, removing old varieties for new ones, and his attendance at industry functions.


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