Instead of playing it safe with a typical agenda for the Vancouver office’s annual Health & Safety week, this year’s event diverted from first aid and emergency preparedness to spotlight instead on personal safety and healthy lifestyles.
Earlier this month, Amy Bianchi, Goran Adzic and Craig Winford braved the frigid climes of southeastern Alberta to help get the Frank & Able Tomato on-the-vine season off to a terrific start. While temperatures hovered in the single digits Fahrenheit, our team built on the warm relationship that is growing between Oppy and the innovative young greenhouse producers, brothers Dirk and Keith Vis, and their brother-in-law Devin Jaspers.
With the Organic Produce Network citing an 11 percent increase in organic apple sales volume last year, Oppy is poised to meet the demand with fresh new crop Southern Hemisphere fruit right now.
Donald traveled the world before landing in the Toronto Oppy office four years ago. Born and raised in the Netherlands, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business from Larenstein International Agriculture College—a school that would ready impressionable students by sending them to overseas Dutch colonies to manage plantations and trade. While spending part of his studies in Botswana, Donald caught the travel bug and worked abroad in Canada, Indonesia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Returning to Toronto in 2000, Donald has lived downtown ever since.
Operating in The Dalles since 1908, Omeg Family Orchards owner and operator Mike Omeg is a fifth generation cherry grower. With a master’s degree in entomology, he is an award-winning agriculturist and organic pest management conservationist, making him the epitome of a good fruit grower.