Author Archives: Sean Westerveld

About Sean Westerveld

Ginseng and Medicinal Herbs Specialist, OMAFRA

Summer Student Positions Available at the Simcoe Research Station in Norfolk County

Organization: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Division/Branch: Economic Development Division / Agriculture Development Branch Position Title: Student – Summer Research Assistant Job Term: Temporary (8 positions) up to 14 weeks Location: OMAFRA Simcoe Resource Centre, Simcoe, Ontario … Continue reading

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New Farmer Session at the 2020 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention

Are you new to farming? This year the 2020 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention (OFVC) will feature a full day session designed specifically for the new farmers interested in fruit or vegetable production. The session, which is titled ‘Farming Basics … Continue reading

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Lavender Content at the 2020 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention

The 2020 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention (OFVC) takes place on Feb 19-20 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls, Ontario. This year the OFVC will feature both the Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Lavender Association … Continue reading

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Early Winter Injury to Lavender – November 21, 2019

At this time of year, plants are still in the process of entering dormancy and are not as hardy as they would be in mid-winter. The recent, sudden cold snap has been very hard on many perennials including lavender because … Continue reading

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Ginseng Pesticide and Research Prioritization Meeting Dec. 5, 2019

Ginseng growers, researchers and industry representatives are invited to attend the annual Ginseng Pesticide and Research Prioritization Meeting. ***Due to construction at the Simcoe Research Station, please note the change of venue for this year.***  Where: ST. WILLIAMS COMMUNITY CENTRE, … Continue reading

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Fall Considerations for Lavender

Summer is winding down, but vegetative growth of the lavender will continue for another month or more. This is a critical time for lavender when it has recovered from flowering in July and is now putting on new growth that … Continue reading

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Basil Downy Mildew Confirmed in Ontario – July 31, 2019

Basil downy mildew has been identified in Norfolk and Prince Edward Counties in Ontario and is likely to be present elsewhere over the next week. Basil downy mildew is a highly destructive disease that can completely defoliate a plant within … Continue reading

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