• 2018 Annual General Meeting and District Meetings

    GGO 70th Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 4th at 7:00 pm at Club Roma in St. Catharines

    District 5  - Tuesday, March 27, 2:00 pm - North 42 Degrees Winery, Harrow
    District 6 - Thursday, March 29, 7:00 pm - Ramada Trenton

  • GGO meets with Premier Wynne

    During grape harvest in October 2017, the Grape Growers of Ontario welcomed the opportunity to meet with Premier Kathleen Wynne in the vineyards of grape grower Bill George in Beamsville.

     

     

     

  • 'The Grower' Icewine Production Podcast

    Bill George, past Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario and current Vice Chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association, was interviewed for The Grower's January podcast on Icewine production. The podcast can be heard at  http://thegrower.org/node/1220

     

  • 2017-2018 Grape King

    Doug Whitty
    President, Whitty Farms and 13th Street Winery

    Doug Whitty is a third generation grape grower in St. Catharines and has been selected as the 2017 Grape King to serve as ambassador for Ontario's grape growers. 
     

     

2018 Annual General Meeting and District Meetings

Grape Growers of Ontario's 70th Annual General Meeting

The Grape Growers of Ontario 70th Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 4th at 7:00 pm at Club Roma in St. Catharines, Ontario (map). 

District Meeting Dates:

District 5 - Tuesday, March 27 at 2:00 pm at North 42 Degrees Winery, 130 Essex County Rd 50, Harrow (map)

District 6 - Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 pm at the Ramada Trenton, 99 Glen Miller Drive, Trenton (map)

RSVP for District meetings to info@grapegrowersofontario.com.

Letter from the Honourable Jeff Leal to the Grape Growers of Ontario membership

 

On March 28, 2017, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs provided the Grape Growers of Ontario with a letter supporting regulated marketing in Ontario. The following is an excerpt of the letter, and the full letter can be read here.

"These actions do not impact any other marketing boards regulated under the Farm Products Marketing Act. As I have stated on numerous occasions, our government has not wavered from its commitment to maintain regulated marketing in Ontario. This includes the ability of marketing boards to negotiate collectively on behalf of their members where such a requirement is included in the powers delegated to that board, as is the case for the Grape Growers of Ontario."  Minister Jeff Leal, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Jim Willwerth speaking at CCOVI Lecture Series on February 26 at 2 pm

Jim Willwerth, CCOVI Senior Staff Scientist in Viticulture, will be speaking at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 26th. His topic is: Effects of Abscisic acid form, concentration and application timing on grapevine cold hardiness.

Attend at Brock University, Mackenzie Chown Complex, Room H313 or online via video conference https://brocku.ca/ccovi/outreach/lecture/.

Previous lectures are posted to the CCOVI website:  https://brocku.ca/ccovi/outreach/lecture/

Two winners of Ontario fruit and vegetable Industry Award of Merit announced

Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association
Niagara Falls, ON - February 21, 2018

Apple and lavender grower Harold Schooley and crop protection specialist Craig Hunter (pictured with wife Jane) are the winners of the 2018 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) Industry Award of Merit. It’s the first time in the organization’s history that two winners were selected in the same year. The awards were presented at the OFVGA annual banquet in Niagara Falls last night.

Hunter has dedicated his career to crop protection, spending 30 years with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) before joining the OFVGA to work on behalf of horticulture growers and becoming an industry-renowned expert in the process.

Ontario’s fruit and vegetable growers re-elect Chair, Vice Chair

Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association: Niagara Falls ON, 21 February 2018 – Greenhouse vegetable grower Jan VanderHout will serve another one-year term as Chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA). He first assumed the role in 2017 and was re-elected at the OFVGA annual general meeting in Niagara Falls yesterday. Grape grower Bill George was re-elected as Vice Chair.

“It’s an honour to serve Ontario’s fruit and vegetable growers for another year as chair of their organization,” says VanderHout. “It will be a busy year for the board as we head into a provincial election, where our goal will be on raising awareness around the competitiveness of our sector and how government policies can have significant impact on growers.”

He expects key areas affecting grower competitiveness, such as labour, energy and trade, to be front and centre this year; crop protection and environmental issues will also be a focus for the organization. 

Edible Horticulture Support Program

The Edible Horticulture Support Program provides financial support to help Ontario producers of edible horticulture products adjust to new and challenging cost pressures in the small business environment. Payments are based on net sales of edible horticulture. The Edible Horticulture Support Program is funded by the Government of Ontario and runs for two years, from 2018 to 2019.

Participants will receive a payment in late April based on their allowable net sales of edible horticulture, as reported in your 2016 tax data and already calculated for SDRM: Edible Horticulture. Payments are calculated using tiers based on your ANS and a proration rate is applied, based on participation, to ensure total payments do not exceed available funding. 

No action is required for producers who have made a deposit for 2017 SDRM: Edible Horticulture, or received a 2017 SDRM participant package and have a valid premises ID on file with Agricorp These producers will automatically receive payment details in the mail beginning in late April. Other producers can apply by calling Agricorp who work with you to collect your tax data and make sure you have a premises ID by March 23.

For more information, visit www.agricorp.ca, view the program guidelines and information sheet, or call Agricorp at 1-888-247-4999. 

2018 Dave Lambert Agricultural Scholarship

Please be advised that the Niagara Peninsula Fruit & Vegetable Growers' Association is offering a $1,500 scholarship to students currently enrolled in, or applying to post-secondary agriculture courses. Please note that students must be from the Niagara Region to be eligible.

Further details can be found at npfvga.org/scholarship or click here for application form.

The intake period is from March 1st - May 31st

Ontario and Canada Supporting Local Food and Beverage Businesses

February 16, 2018 - St. Catharines, ON: Member of Parliament Chris Bittle and Member of Provincial Parliament Jim Bradley were at 13th Street Winery today to announce funding provided through Growing Forward 2, for 13th Street Winery and Kings Court Estate Winery to purchase and install a hopper, tanks, insulated bins, upgrade temperature control systems to increase labour productivity, increase productivity and leverage innovation to grow their businesses and the local economy.

Click here to read more.

Canadian Agricultural Partnership

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector. The Partnership features:

  • simplified and streamlined programs and services that are easier to access
  • key enhancements to programs that help farmers manage significant risks that threaten the viability of their farm and are beyond their capacity to manage

Do grapes SCREAM for frost tolerance?

The next speaker in CCOVI's 2018 Lecture series is Annette Nassuth, a CCOVI Fellow and Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Guelph. She will be speaking at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 12

Lectures are free to attend in person at Brock University, Room H313 or online via video conference (details can be found here: https://brocku.ca/ccovi/outreach/lecture/). 

If you missed last week’s lecture featuring Ronald Jackson, his slides and video presentation will soon be posted to the CCOVI website:  https://brocku.ca/ccovi/outreach/lecture/