Representatives from HMGA attended the Canadian Horticultural Council’s Annual General Meeting in Quebec City on March 10-12. The participants of the meeting represented fruit and vegetable growers from across the country. Hot topics included Reusable Plastic Containers (RPC’s), labour, environmental concerns, and marketing. Problems surrounding the use and cleaning of RPCs were aired. Labour issues were discussed in relation to the new regulations for advertising and also how to streamline the process. Issues surrounding sustainability, protection for produce sellers, and pollinator health were also raised and debated. The opportunity to talk and share with horticultural growers from across Canada showed that while the list of crops is diverse, many of the issues are shared by all.
The HMGA's Annual General Meeting was held the evening of February 2. It was well attended by 31 farmers representing a mix of types and sizes of farms. Following reports by the Chair and the Association, elections were held to fill the 3 open board positions due to the end of Herman Gasko, Kyle Horlings, and Alex Makarenko's terms. Herman Gasko was re-elected and Tim Horlings and Dom Riga were elected. Dom Riga stepped into the Chair position to fill the vacancy left by Alex Makarenko.
The remainder of the meeting focused on three key areas: future directions, future funding sources, and future research. An open discussion was held and various ideas were debated. The board will review the ideas raised and determine the objectives for the upcoming year.
Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting, to the board for their work over the past year, to the outgoing board members for their effort, to those who stood for election, and, finally, to Alex for his leadership. Welcome to the new board members and to the new Chair.
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