Meet the Growers

Algoma Orchards a sustainability leader in Ontario’s apple industry

For more than 50 years, the Gibson and Kemp families have been growing apples at Algoma Orchards near Newcastle in Durham Region. Their apple roots go back much further than... read more

How new apple varieties come to our local markets

An Ontario apple farmer tells us how he picks what apples he’ll be growing next.   Photo credit: CropLife Canada Over 7,500 apple varieties are grown around the world. Not all of these... read more

Seasonal ag workers: the backbone of Norfolk County fruit farm

Photo credit: Farm and Food Care For as far back as he can remember, seasonal workers have been part of Joel Porteous’ family fruit and vegetable farm. In fact, if it... read more

On the lookout for new technologies, techniques and ways of doing things

Photo credit: Glenn Lowson for The Grower Tom Ferri’s lifelong passion is growing things. He’s a third generation apple grower carrying on a family business first started in the 1930s. Today his... read more

A helping hand for new apple growers

The learning curve is steep and the sheer volume of things you don’t know can seem overwhelming when you’re starting into something new – and apple growing is no different. To... read more