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New horticulturist at AgraPoint

January 22, 2010
By Fruit & Vegetable


Jan. 22, 2010, Kentville and Truro, N.S. – Farmers, agri-businesses and industry associations related to horticultural crops now have a new specialist to call on for development and production advice.

Effective April 12, 2010, Rachael Cheverie will join AgraPoint as a horticulturist working from its Truro office. She will start part-time in mid- March. Although based in Truro, she will be dividing her time between the Truro and Kentville offices at peak growing seasons.

“We are so excited to be bringing such a seasoned and well-respected professional onto the AgraPoint team,” said Findlay MacRae, AgraPoint’s chief operating officer. “Rachael’s well-rounded horticultural skills, including her extensive experience in potatoes and integrated pest management for a wide range of crops, will mean she is positioned to have an immediate and positive impact on the province’s horticultural industry.”


Cheverie will be working closely with AgraPoint’s other horticulturists to become integrated and engaged in all the horticultural sectors.

Cheverie has a MSc. in environmental biology from the University of Guelph, with a focus on entomology. From 1998 to 2007 she was the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) specialist for P.E.I., in which role she dealt directly with farmers and industry groups and covered a whole range of crops. In 2007 she was appointed as the P.E.I. Department’s potato industry coordinator, coordinating research, training and extension activities for that important industry. During her time in P.E.I. she was P.E.I.’s Minor Use Coordinator, and served on various regional and national expert committees.

“I am thrilled to be working with primary producers in the horticulture sector once again,” said Cheverie. “And, I look forward to sharing ideas and working towards a prosperous future with our local agriculture community.”


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2 Comments » for New horticulturist at AgraPoint
  1. Clause Gallant, P.Ag. says:

    HI Rachael!

    I am searching without success “Strawberry Crop Production Guide avaliable on the AgraPoint website” as recommended on the Perennia “Calendar of events” for strawberries. In particular looking for spring fertilizer recommendations knowing it is not really a practice. BUT I forgot to apply fertilizer after harvest last year.
    Hope you are well and safe! Will chat soon.

    • Stephanie Gordon says:

      Hi Clause, I did some digging but wasn’t able to find the resource you mentioned. However, Perennia does have a web page dedicated to strawberry resources (

      You can also reach out directly to their small fruit specialist, Jennifer Haverstock, for questions about spring fertilizer recommendations based on your specific growing conditions. You can reach Jennifer at 902-678-7722 (office), 902-670-5003 (cell), or by email at Hope this helps! – Stephanie

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