Sustainability - Part Two

February 19, 2020 
In many of our discussions with investors, partners, and other interested parties, we often mention that when we are up and running we will deliver tomatoes from farm to table in 24 hours. Part of why we hand-picked Dauphin, Manitoba as the site for our state-of-the-art greenhouse is our ability to deliver to the Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northwestern Ontario markets with farm fresh tomatoes in 24 hours. By reducing the reliance on transportation of imported tomatoes from places such as Mexico and California, we help reduce the carbon footprint of our food consumption.
According to the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Ministry of the Federal Government, tomatoes have been the largest fresh vegetable import in Canada (on a per metric tonne basis) for five years in a row (2014-2018). As of this writing, we don’t yet have the numbers for 2019, but In 2018, Canada imported $416,007,000 of tomatoes and of that amount, $297,814,000 was imported from Mexico. By producing and selling vegetables locally from Dauphin, we will displace some of these imports. This will lower the total amount of carbon emissions produced as a result of trucking tomatoes a shorter distance when compared to transporting from Mexico and other countries.
In addition to reducing the carbon footprint from transportation, we will be stripping the carbon dioxide from the exhaust gas of our boilers which will provide heat for the greenhouse. This carbon dioxide is then pumped into the growing area. By doing this, we are limiting carbon emissions that would otherwise be expelled into the atmosphere. In addition to the environmental benefit, this process allows us to improve the yields in the greenhouse as the plants use the carbon dioxide as food via photosynthesis. We are committed to ensuring that the triple bottom line of protecting people, planet, and profit is our priority. Reduced emissions and increased efficiency benefit not only Vermillion Growers, but the community and planet as a whole!


January 28, 2020

Progress Update 

Vermillion Growers has reached a milestone in the construction of its commercial greenhouse and would like to acknowledge the work that has gone into the project to date. Horizon Builders has been an integral part of the first phase of construction, taking on the General Contractor Role and achieving initial construction objectives, including all foundation work for the warehouse, despite challenging weather conditions early on in the season.

“We are happy to have been able to work with Manitoban companies in this phase of our construction,” says Vermillion Growers Managing Director, Maria Deschauer.

“Horizon has played a key role in getting this state-of-the-art greenhouse project off the ground,” she adds.

Vermillion Growers will continue construction with Winnipeg Environmental and Remediation Inc. (WERI), who has been involved from the beginning of the first phase of construction, and transitions immediately to the next phase. WERI has completed backfill of the warehouse area and continues to complete topsoil stripping and work on retention ponds. The site is now seeing the walls of the warehouse go up this week, with trusses arriving by month’s end.

Anyone interested in learning more about the greenhouse construction timeline is encouraged to contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (204) 701-0120.

Sustainable Farming: Part One

January 20, 2020

Sustainability - Part One 

Whether people discuss traditional farming or state-of-the-art greenhouses like the one Vermillion Growers is building in Dauphin, and whether the conversation takes place at the restaurant, grocery store, or kitchen, the words, “sustainable,” or, “sustainability,” are bound to crop up (pardon the pun!) Today we begin a multi-part series on sustainability as it relates to our project.
First of all, it’s important to understand what this buzzword, sustainability, actually refers to. Sustainability seems to have appeared in our lexicon in the past decade and, beyond defining it as, “able to be sustained,” not everyone understands the complete definition as it pertains to the food industry. So let’s start with that:
Avoidance of depletion of natural resources while being capable of enduring, maintaining an ecological balance.
Broken down, this simply means that as we produce tomatoes in our greenhouse, we will do it in such a way that the natural resources of the area will not be used up - and we will keep the operation functioning productively and efficiently.
One example of how we will be sustainable is with how we will recycle water for reuse. The greenhouse uses a state-of-the-art computer system called Priva to control climate and irrigation conditions. Just the right amount of water will be used to ensure irrigation of the tomatoes is at the perfect level. The ground the  rows of tomatoes will be grown on is actually built on a slight north/south grade so that water can be collected for reuse. Picture a street with grates for water on the street edges. The pavement is not actually flat, but concave, allowing water to collect on the sides, ensuring the street doesn’t flood. Similarly, the greenhouse will be graded to collect any excess water the roots don’t take up, and help keep us sustainable.
In addition, the greenhouse is built with a special gutter system which will collect rainfall and condensation. The Priva computer system, which includes a weather station, will allow us to monitor snow on the roof of the greenhouse, and melt it to ensure no sunlight is blocked when needed, and to also collect more water through the complex gutter system.
We expect to reuse approximately 99% of the water we will use for irrigation, ensuring we don’t deplete that natural resource. Then, we keep our operation functioning - we endure - by using the Priva computer system to maintain optimal growing conditions. As we do so, we ensure an optimal yield of crops. 
The next part of this series we will share some information on how Vermillion Growers will address the issue of transport miles for Canadian produce imports and exports.
If you ever have any questions about our operation and how we promote sustainability, we are here. Simply click the Contact Us heading at the top right of any page on our website. 

Happy Holidays from the Vermillion Growers Build Site!


December 18, 2019

In this blog entry, we are pleased to reveal the design of our warehouse, currently under construction at the site of our state-of-the-art greenhouse. There may be a few tweaks between now and completion, but the above conceptual rendering of the warehouse is the design we have chosen for maximum productivity and efficiency. We also think it happens to look pretty great! 

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