Burnbrae solar farm wins Excellence in Agriculture award

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Burnbrae Farms is one of the recipients of the Ontario government’s Excellence in Agriculture awards.

The province made the announcement at the start of the recent Ontario Agriculture Week.

Burnbrae Farms operates the largest solar-powered egg farm in Canada, operating off the electricity grid. Four barns use high-efficiency motors, lighting and ventilation systems to ensure minimal power usage. It also shares surplus power with an adjoining farm.

The Excellence in Agriculture awards were launched in 2018 and recognize innovation in five categories: primary producers, processors, youth, agri-food innovators, and agri-food organizations.

The other top award recipients include:

  • Austin Bruch for developing a corn cross-breeding program to reduce crop failure while increasing the quality of corn produced and consumed.
  • Transport Genie for creating an animal transport system that monitors micro-climate conditions of livestock from a farm to the next destination.
  • Green Table Foods for manufacturing sustainable, quality, organic, locally sourced food to produce plant-based fermented foods.
  • FoodShare Toronto for helping to increase people’s access to and consumption of produce grown by Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) communities.

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