After two years of research and pilots, Luci Faas was successful in identifying a home-compostable cucumber wrap for Nature Fresh Farms, Leamington, Ontario. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is honouring her as one of 10 Women in Produce nominees. 

Ontario growers should note that April 22 is the intake opening date to apply for a maximum of $15,000 to help offset costs of personal protective equipment and redesigned work stations. It’s first-come, first-served for the $10 million provincial program.

Cultivar, a produce company based in Spain, has won first prize in the “Best Convenience Packaging” category of the World Food Innovation Awards. The jury praised the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the paper-based format, while noting the reduction of plastic.

Ontario’s vaccination strategy prioritizes agricultural workers in its phase-two rollout. Culturally appropriate resources in English, Spanish and Thai are available from the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association to communicate about the COVID-19 vaccines.