Media Release: Growcer partners with Abbey Gardens

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The Growcer partners with Abbey Gardens to make local produce available year-round 

HALIBURTON, ONT. - The Growcer, an Ottawa-based start-up enabling local food production with hydroponic container farms, has partnered with Abbey Gardens to make locally and sustainably grown food available year-round for the Haliburton community. 

On Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, The Growcer, Abbey Gardens, community members, and project partners, FedDev Ontario and Laidlaw Foundation, came together for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the addition of the hydroponic container farm to the community. The new addition will allow Abbey Gardens to provide fresh produce year-round through its Food Hub initiative. 

The Growcer retrofits old shipping containers to become indoor farms that can grow fresh greens year-round. The “indoor farm,” or hydroponic growing system, uses nutrient-rich water instead of soil to grow plants and can grow produce in the harshest conditions.

Abbey Gardens is a local farm and social enterprise in Haliburton, Ont. that focuses its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and foster sustainable initiatives. It runs a Food Hub that sells fresh food from its two-acre market garden as well as goods from local businesses. However, what can be grown on its two-acre farm outside is limited by the climate and length of the growing season in Haliburton, which is shorter than its counterparts in southern Ontario. By adding a Growcer system, Abbey Gardens extends its growing season by months enabling them to supply their community with fresh and sustainable green produce year-round. 

With the new system, Abbey Gardens plans on establishing a year-round produce subscription box and partnering with local restaurants to supply produce. The addition of a hydroponic growing system will also add to the educational opportunities available for the community about sustainable growing techniques.

Beyond selling food, The Food Hub operates as a social enterprise and profits go directly back into Abbey Gardens to help support educational programs for the local community and facilities. For Abbey Gardens, partnering with The Growcer was aligned with the organization’s interest in supporting local entrepreneurs in Canada.

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“We’re super excited to have invested in the Growcer here at our property both as a demonstration for year-round growing and to be able to provide leafy greens to our community!" - Heather Reid, Operations Director, Abbey Gardens


“Growcer is extremely excited to partner with Abbey Gardens in order to bring fresh, local produce to the Haliburton community year-round. We support their strong focus on sustainability and cannot wait to see the ripple effect this will have for food accessibility.”- Corey Ellis, Co-Founder and CEO, The Growcer

The team (from left to right: Jamie Laidlaw (Laidlaw Foundation), Patti Tallman (The Haliburton County Development Corporation), Heather Reid, (Abbey Gardens), Alida Burke, Corey Ellis (The Growcer), John Patterson (Abbey Gardens)) in front of the Growcer system at the ribbon-cutting ceremony in Abbey Gardens, in Haliburton, Ont.  Photo credit: Morgan Hector.

The team (from left to right: Jamie Laidlaw (Laidlaw Foundation), Patti Tallman (The Haliburton County Development Corporation), Heather Reid, (Abbey Gardens), Alida Burke, Corey Ellis (The Growcer), John Patterson (Abbey Gardens)) in front of the Growcer system at the ribbon-cutting ceremony in Abbey Gardens, in Haliburton, Ont.

Photo credit: Morgan Hector.

The Growcer system will allow Abbey Gardens to extend its growing season to be all year-round.  Photo credit: Morgan Hector.

The Growcer system will allow Abbey Gardens to extend its growing season to be all year-round.

Photo credit: Morgan Hector.

Backgrounder

  • Abbey Gardens runs an educational garden featuring various raised garden beds, vertical growing techniques and a solar-fed water tower. 

  • In addition to The Growcer, Abbey Gardens partners with other entrepreneurs on the site such as Haliburton Highlands Brewing Co., Haliburton Solar and Wind, and five local businesses that use the commercial kitchen.

  • The Growcer’s system can produce green produce such as lettuce, kale, Pac-Choi, basil and mint, among other leafy greens. 

  • The Growcer also partners with other sustainably-driven businesses such as Ottawa’s first zero-waste grocery store, Nu Grocery. 

  • The Growcer currently has hydroponic farms in several other northern communities such as Churchill, Man., Kuujjuaq, Que., and Kugluktuk, Nun., and was started in response to food security issues in Northern Canada. 

Media may contact

Alida Burke 

Co-Founder and, COO, The Growcer

613 898 5830

press@thegrowcer.ca

Heather Reid

Operations Director, Abbey Gardens

705 754 4769

heather@abbeygardens.ca


About The Growcer: Growcer manufactures modular hydroponic systems that enable commercial food production in plug-and-play 40 feet modules. Its vertical farming technology enables customers to grow fresh vegetables in virtually any climate and has been deployed within the Arctic Circle at temperatures below -50°C. Growcer empowers conventional farmers, entrepreneurs, communities and institutions to grow food locally all year round. Growcer's work has been recognized with awards from Fast Company's World Changing Ideas, the Entrepreneurs' Organization, and was also featured on season 13 of CBC's hit show, Dragons' Den.

About Abbey Gardens: Abbey Gardens is a social enterprise providing economic and recreational opportunities for the Haliburton community. Everything done on-site helps further its mission to create opportunities to learn about living more sustainably. We provide opportunities to learn about local food, gardening, energy, sustainable construction techniques, heritage agricultural animals, land restoration or cooking techniques.

Ilayda Coruk