The discovery of E. coli on romaine lettuce grown in California a few weeks ago took over the headlines leading up to the U.S. Thanksgiving, causing the leafy vegetable to disappear from stockrooms, store shelves and crisper drawers while the Center for Disease Control (CDC) sought the source of the issue.
Now there’s a bigger house on the Prairie, and its lights will be on through the long winter.
Leading Southern Alberta greenhouse producer Frank & Able shipped the first tomatoes-on-the-vine grown in their newly expanded facility in early November. Having doubled their acreage under lights just ahead of the first snowfall, brothers Dirk and Keith Vis, and their brother-in-law Devin Jaspers, are set to meet the winter demand for quality Canadian TOVs.
Wanting to give back to the community and support a new charity, the Visalia office decided to sponsor six families through a local parish, the Bethlehem Center, to provide all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal. Everyone in the office pitched in for five families of four and one family of six. Accounting Assistant Nancy Zelaski put six teams together in which each designated a captain that gathered their crew to discuss what they wanted to gather for the basket. It was a great success with many happy faces on delivery.
Having completed a five year, $125,000 pledge to raise funds for BC Women’s NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) the Vancouver team believed so deeply in the cause they decided to extend the commitment another 12 months. The office raised funds throughout the year—via a pumpkin sale, Halloween candy grams and a car wash—as well as the recent annual weeklong campaign.