Media Release - Mayor's Greenhouse Roundtable

Lincoln hosts greenhouse roundtable with local businesses

Lincoln, ON – (October 30, 2017) – On Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, Mayor Sandra Easton, Councillors Dave Thompson and Paul MacPherson, and CAO Michael Kirkopoulos, assembled representatives from Lincoln’s greenhouse industry to discuss current and future opportunities for the continued growth of the sector in Lincoln today.

The roundtable discussion, hosted by CosMic Plants in Beamsville, touched on a variety of topics, such as: factors affecting greenhouse competitiveness, innovation and research opportunities, municipal partnership opportunities to encourage growth and sustainability, and value-added diversification. The purpose of the discussion was to help convey to our greenhouse operators that The Town of Lincoln sees them as a valued component of Lincoln’s overall diverse economy and an economic driver in our community.

Lincoln’s Council has made economic development a priority and this roundtable discussion goes towards encouraging our local businesses to continue to invest in our community.

Quick Facts

  • Lincoln has over 8.7 million square feet of greenhouse space, an increase of 26% since 2011
  • Greenhouse flowers consist of over 8 million square feet of greenhouse space, with vegetables consisting of over 184,000 square feet.

Participants in the roundtable included:

  • Mike van Steekelenburg, CosMic Plants
  • Neil van Steekelenburg, CosMic Plants
  • Andy Hendriks, Hendriks Greenhouses
  • Jeff Nickerson, Freeman Herbs
  • Jim Brandle, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
  • Sharon Snoei, Homestead Growers
  • John G. Albers, Homestead Growers
  • Gord Bonisteel, St. Davids Hydroponics
  • Robert Bierhuizen, Sunrise Greenhouses
  • Ian Vermeer, Westbrook Floral
  • John Kouwenberg, Foliera
  • Jim Olsthoorn, One Floral Group
  • George Alkema, Linwell Gardens
  • Peter van Beurden, Westland Greenhouses
  • George Mitges, George Mitges and Associates
  • Andrew Morse, Flowers Canada (Ontario)
  • James Farrar, The Ontario Greenhouse Alliance

Quotes:

“The greenhouse sector is an important and valued component of Lincoln’s overall economy and helps define us as a Centre of Excellence for Agriculture. Lincoln’s Council has made economic development a priority and this roundtable discussion is the first of many geared towards encouraging our local businesses to continue to invest in our community by helping to identify opportunities for growth and enhancing competitiveness.”

Mayor Sandra Easton

“Thank you to CosMic Plants for hosting our roundtable discussion and to our local operators for participating. This roundtable discussion was a great opportunity to hear from our local businesses on how we can partner to ensure growth and sustainability in Lincoln’s greenhouse sector. We look forward to hosting similar roundtable discussions with other members of our local business community, all part of our economic development strategy of encouraging our businesses to continue to invest in Lincoln.”

Michael Kirkopoulos, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Lincoln

“We thank the Town of Lincoln for organizing this roundtable discussion and recognizing that floriculture is an important and valued economic driver in Ontario today. We look forward to building on this positive momentum and collaboration to advance the growth opportunities for our sector.”

Andrew Morse, Flowers Canada (Ontario)

“This groundbreaking discussion provided local greenhouse operators with a unique opportunity to let their voices be heard by local government. The Town conveyed that it not only cares about the challenges greenhouse farmers face but is keen to support their plans to grow and invest. TOGA thanks the Town of Lincoln for organizing this refreshing roundtable discussion and conveying confidence in the future of the greenhouse sector of agriculture.”

James Farrar, The Ontario Greenhouse Alliance (TOGA)

Photo attached:

Front Row (L to R): Neil van Steekelenburg; Peter van Beurden; Jim Olsthoorn; John Kouwenberg; Robert Bierhuizen; Ian Vermeer; Mayor Sandra Easton; Andy Hendriks; Councillor Dave Thompson; Councillor Paul MacPherson; Andrew Morse; Sharon Snoei; Gord Bonisteel; John G. Albera; Mike van Steekelenburg; George Mitges; Jeff Nickerson; James Farrar; George Alkema

Additional photo attached – roundtable in progress

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Contact:

Paul Di Ianni
Economic Development Officer
Town of Lincoln  
pdiianni@lincoln.ca
Cell: 289-407-1402             

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