Congratulations to Rainbow Heritage Garden Winner of a 2014 Regional Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence for their Root Cellar

Congratulations to Rainbow Heritage Gardens – A Regional Winner of the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence for 2014, for their Root Cellar!

 

The Township of Laurentian Valley is pleased to congratulate Rainbow Heritage Garden for being one of the 2014 Regional Award Winners of the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, for their Root Cellar innovation.  “The Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence recognizes innovations that improve existing products, create jobs and drive economic growth.“  http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/premier_award/2014/events/g/rhg.htm

 

Provincial representatives attended at the Township Office on Monday December 22nd, 2014, to present Rainbow Heritage Garden with their award.  The innovative root cellar for their fruits and vegetables was inspired by European wine and cheese caves.  The 600-square-foot root cellar is carved into a nearby hillside, to 16 feet below grade.  The cellar takes advantage of cooler underground temperatures to keep their harvest fresh, along with a hundred cubic feet of ice that is harvested each February. The cellar can hold 20,000 pounds of produce. Completed in 2011, their investment has already paid for itself with spoilage rates at Rainbow Heritage Garden having dropped 90 per cent and also providing a draw to the Farm as part of “Root Cellar Days”.

 

Mayor Bennett says: “Council is very proud to have innovators such as Kylah and Zach continuing the agricultural tradition in Laurentian Valley in a sustainable way.  Congratulations and all the best for the continued success and growth of this exciting business.”

 

Rainbow Heritage Garden is located at 81 Stafford Second Line in the Township of Laurentian Valley and is operated by Kylah Dobson and Zach Loeks.  Rainbow Heritage Garden produces Certified Organic vegetables on a 7th generation off-grid Family Farm. They grow over 200 different varieties of fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, and dry beans, including many heirlooms. Their produce is available through a CSA program, a Farmers Market Share, the Ottawa Valley Food Coop and on Saturdays at the Carp Farmer’s Market.  More information on Rainbow Heritage Garden can be found on their website at http://www.rainbowheritage.ca

 

Rainbow Heritage Garden was also previously awarded a Regional Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence in 2010 for their innovations used to irrigate their crops using a catchment pond and mobile solar generator, providing for a system that is reliable, environmentally responsible and cost-effective.