New Quebec controlled-environment vertical strawberry farm the largest in Canada
January 26, 2022 By Fruit & Vegetable
Quebec company Winter Farm (Ferme d’hiver) has inaugurated its first industrial unit in Vaudreuil. With a total area of 1,150 square metres, the project becomes the largest controlled-environment vertical strawberry farm in Canada. The project was carried out in two phases in partnership with Les Serres Vaudreuil. Every year, between October and June, over 180,000 kilograms of strawberries will be grown, which is the equivalent of production yielded by more than two hectares of traditional greenhouse area.
This inauguration is an important milestone for Winter Farm, which works together with local produce growers in order to deploy its technology on a large scale.
“The Winter Farm solution is a 100 per cent made-in-Quebec innovation and a powerful lever to stimulate local off-season production,” said Alain Brisebois, president and CEO of Winter Farm. “In addition to increasing the production capacity of market gardeners, our units emit no GHGs and significantly reduce those emitted by greenhouses. This first industrial installation is another step towards our food autonomy.”
In order to reach its goal of replacing 10 per cent of strawberry imports to Canada and produce over 13 million kg by 2025, Winter Farm is integrating its units into the existing agriculture ecosystem and supporting the development of Quebec expertise in optimized interior growing.
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