Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers
The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) is a not-for-profit organization, formed in 1967, representing more than 200 members. Their members grow greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers on over 3,200 acres in Ontario. OGVG was one of the founding members of the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) in 1995.
OGVG works hard to promote and connect its growers with government agencies, consumers, retailers and foodservice operators across North America through various government lobbing events, research, marketing initiatives, trade shows and community activities.
OGVG is responsible for licensing all growers, packers and marketers of Ontario greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers. As a member-based organization, a Board of Directors and committees have been put in place to aid in the decision-making process and to ensure the standards of the sector. Areas of focus include research, food safety, energy, environment, market performance and marketing.
OGVG also participates in many research projects that benefit their growers. One of those research projects was recently completed by researchers at the University of Windsor, who were looking to the sun to help solve a challenge for Ontario greenhouse growers – how to expand the sector sustainably while reducing its environmental footprint. Prof. Rupp Carriveau partnered with OGVG member, Under Sun Acres, to lead this research project looking at the feasibility of a novel solar renewable energy system that would both generate and store energy for Ontario greenhouse growers.
This research project received funding from Ontario through the Greenhouse Renewable Energy Technologies (GRET) research and development initiative, a program administered by AAC.