The 2016 Canadian Greenhouse Conference will take place Oct. 5-6 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, and is considered a great connecting point for growers, suppliers, and researchers to share ideas and strategies.
Registration is now open for the event, which features educational presentations, a trade show, and a bus tour of some of Ontario’s premier vegetable and flower growing facilities. Here’s a look at a few things you won’t want to miss if you’re planning to attend.
• Dr. Silke Hemming, who holds a Ph.D. in Horticultural Sciences from the University of Hanover, will speak in the vegetable sessions and will deliver a keynote address. Since 1999, Hemming has worked at the Wageningen University and Research Centre at different institutes in a variety of positions, most recently as head of the Greenhouse Technology scientific research team. The Wageningen UR LightLab is a unique facility with the most modern measurement equipment for optical properties of greenhouse materials. Hemming is a well-known expert on the field of novel greenhouse design concepts and modern greenhouse coverings. She is leader of the ISHS (International Society of Horticultural Sciences) scientific working group “Light in Horticulture.” She conducts several international research projects on greenhouse systems in different climate zones worldwide.
• Lloyd Traven of Peace Tree Farm in Kintnersville, PA, will discuss how to maintain a clean greenhouse. See the steps Peace Tree Farm has established to prevent the unforeseeable, stop the unforgivable, and keep your greenhouse clean from day one.
• The session “Lighting in Commercial Greenhouse Vegetables: Grower Experience” will offer details of a study conducted at seven commercial greenhouses looking at various lighting configurations on different greenhouse vegetable crops.
• Three sessions will focus on managing humidity in the greenhouse, including one by Albert Grimm of Jeffrey’s Greenhouse, winner of Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 Head Grower of the Year award.
• The bus tour offers a unique opportunity to tour local production facilities, providing valuable insight and information. The exact tour sites are not yet finalized, but vegetable and flower operations will be featured.