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This new pear variety lets Canadians eat local all year round
Mar 27, 2017

CBC
We Are The Best

Thanks to a group of researchers and producers from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., Canadians can now enjoy local pears all year round. Dr. Amy Bowen heads up the research on the Cold Snap pear at Vineland Growers' Co-operative. In this episode of We Are The Best, she explains to chef Ricardo Larrivée how this Canadian invention was developed, and makes her pitch for why consumers should give the Cold Snap a try. View here

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Rose created to grow and thrive in the north
Mar 17, 2017

Up North, CBC Radio
By Jason Turnbull

Gardeners in northeastern Ontario who struggle to grow roses now have a new variety to try. The Canadian ShieldTM rose has been created for Canada's 150th birthday celebrations this summer. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, in the Niagara region, is the group behind the new variety of flower. Read more

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Introducing the Canadian ShieldTM rose, just in time for Canada's 150th
Mar 10, 2017

The Gardener, Spring 2017 issue
By William Hrycan

A new rose is taking centre stage at this year’s Canada Blooms flower and garden festival in Toronto—the Canadian Shield™ rose. The rose is truly Canadian, possessing a refined beauty yet hardy enough to thrive in the diverse conditions found across our country. Like all roses that come out of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, it is disease resistant and will not succumb to black spot or powdery mildew. Read more

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Canada’s changing face presents opportunity for Ontario flower growers
Mar 7, 2017

AgInnovation Ontario, March 7, 2017
By Lilian Schaer

Immigrants coming to Canada bring with them not only their own culture and food, but also distinct floral preferences. As Canada’s demographic makeup changes, this means new opportunity for flower growers in this country. Researchers at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) in collaboration with Ontario grocery chain Longo’s have identified a particular opportunity for jasmine and  are now working with flower grower Westbrook Floral to bring the first Ontario-grown jasmine plants to market this spring. Read more

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Celebrate Canada's 150th with a Canadian Shield rose: Real Dirt
Mar 6, 2017

The Toronto Star, March 3, 2017
By Sonia Day, Gardening

Canada Blooms has picked a rose as its Flower of the Year for 2017, just when roses are coming back into fashion. Canadian Shield is a luscious new red rose from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more

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Ontario greenhouses move toward automation
Mar 3, 2017

The Packer, March 2, 2017
By Cynthia David

Mucci Farms’ Kingsville, Ontario, greenhouse is part of the company’s increasing automation of its packing process. The company is expanding so rapidly and labor is so hard to find there will be plenty of other jobs available. Though Mucci imports its automated equipment from the Netherlands, they might just take a drive down the highway next time to see what manager Darren Ward and his commercialization team are up to at the eight-month-old Collaborative Research Technology Centre at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland, Ontario. Read more

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Canada Blooms features new Canadian Shield rose
Feb 24, 2017

Garden Making, February 17, 2017

Canada Blooms helps celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017 with a distinctly Canadian flavour to the show, from the design of the displays to the plants being used. Centre of attention will be the new Canadian Shield rose developed by Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and Canada’s horticultural industry. Read more

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Making ethnic markets pay
Feb 21, 2017

Country Guide Magazine, February 14, 2017
By Lois Harris

Edamame, okra, bitter melon, quinoa, Chinese long eggplant — all these are edible crops that you’d have had a hard time finding on the country’s store shelves 50 years ago, let alone growing in Canadian fields and greenhouses. They’re still crops that few Canadian farmers know about, and that even fewer have considered growing. But maybe that’s about to change. Today, three of the most promising new-to-Canada vegetables to come from the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre are okra, Chinese long eggplant and Indian round eggplant. Read more

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Vineland Research and Innovation Centre: The quest for diversity in Canadian-grown table grapes
Feb 17, 2017

Orchard & Vine Magazine, February 8, 2017
By Ronda Payne

The quest for something other than Sovereign Coronation led researchers at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to connect with others in the industry to explore more options in Canadian-grown table grapes. Read more

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Canada’s own hybrid pear could feed a growing appetite for the fruit and local produce
Feb 15, 2017

Financial Post, February 13, 2017
By Hollie Shaw

Canadians love pears. Their consumption of the fruit continues to grow even though homegrown pear production has steadily declined for 40 years despite grocery retailers’ recent acceleration of "buy local" produce campaigns. Jim Brandle, chief executive of Ontario’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, hopes that will change with the advent of Cold Snap pears, a hybrid Canadian fruit more than four decades in the making. Read more

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