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Ontario recognizes outstanding producers


June 28, 2010
By OMAFRA

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June 25, 2010, Thunder Bay, Ont – Ontario’s rural
communities are growing innovative ideas that drive the local economy and
advance Ontario’s agri-food industry.



June 25, 2010, Thunder Bay, Ont – Ontario’s rural
communities are growing innovative ideas that drive the local economy and
advance Ontario’s agri-food industry.

These ideas were celebrated recently at a ceremony in
Thunder Bay honouring regional winners of the Premier’s Awards for Agri-Food
Innovation Excellence
. The local horticultural recipient was:

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Mountain Fresh Farm – Kakabeka Falls

For the first time in 2009, Thunder Bay residents indulged
in fresh sour cherries that haven't been trucked in from hundreds of kilometres
away. James Sovereign worked with the University of Saskatchewan to establish a
dwarf sour cherry orchard that could withstand the tough northern climate.

Besides reducing the carbon footprint
from all that transport, the trees will thrive in other northern areas,
bringing the healthy fruit to more communities.  An added benefit is that the hardy trees require almost no
chemical spray.