Province recognizes Kawartha Lakes’ Fisher Farm for innovation excellence
The Fishers are vegetable growers who cover their fields in plastic mulch to reduce the need for irrigation and pesticides. In an effort to reduce the need for multiple passes to get the plants physically in the ground the Fisher’s designed a frame that keeps the planter centered within the plastic mulch. Now a single pass is enough.
As a result, the Fishers have boosted productivity by 75 per cent, cut fossil fuel use and input costs, and reduced the wear and tear on their equipment. The frame has already piqued the interest of local growers, and the Fishers are eyeing commercial sales this fall.
Local food shoppers will recognise the Fisher family as regular vendors at the Bobcaygeon and Lindsay Farmers’ Markets.
“The Fishers are an excellent example of the agricultural innovators we have here in Kawartha Lakes,” said Kelly Maloney, the City’s agriculture development officer and acting director of Economic Development. “We couldn’t be more proud to see their achievement recognized provincially and offer our congratulations to Ivan and Barb Fisher and their son Kevin.”
The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence recognizes and celebrates the agri-food producers, processors, organizations and rural communities, who through their innovative ideas and projects are helping strengthen communities, support a sustainable environment, create jobs and boost the economy.
For more information please contact:
Acting Director of Economic Development
705-324-9411 Ext. 1208