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Agri-Business & Nutraceuticals

Windsor-Essex has one of Canada's longest growing seasons - 212 days per year.  No surprise then that it's home to North America's largest greenhouse industry, with over 1,900 acres under glass and 450 more planned for the near-term.  Growers are diversifying into non-traditional crops and nutraceutical herbs.  The mild climate also accommodates 17 commercial wineries - and growing! - plus food processors and packagers with national and international distribution.  All are supported by the Greenhouse & Processing Crops Research Centre located in Harrow, ON.

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Highlights:

  • 325,000 acres of rich, fertile farmland form the agricultural heartland that has become highly valued for field vegetable processing, orchards and fruit processing, flowers, soybeans and white beans, dairy farming and a wine producing region covering over 1,000 acres.
  • On the same latitude as northern California with mild winters, and the southern influence from Lakes Erie and St. Clair, the region enjoys the longest growing season in Canada, averaging 212 days and 3,700 heat units annually.
  • Pioneering the development of controlled environment technology, local growers transformed the greenhouse industry into the largest in North America, with almost 1,500 acres under glass or plastic.

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Growing and processing with closest access to U.S. Markets! All the vital assets: human resources, location, climate, quality of life and the ability to manufacture and grow what the world needs.

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