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Homegrown Innovation Challenge offers $33 million in funding

September 6, 2022 | By Monica Ferguson

The Homegrown Innovation Challenge, funded and delivered by the Weston Family Foundation, allows applicants to address challenges related to growing berries out-of-season, and develop solutions relevant to fruit and vegetable crops in Canada and around the world.

The Challenge will build partnerships between growers, farmers, engineers, scientists, and technologists. The goal is to leverage Canada’s talent-pool, and resources into scalable solutions, and transform the way we produce food.

“The judging panel is thrilled with the creativity and ingenuity of our Spark Awardees. Some early solutions include an underground berry farm, a year-round greenhouse with 3D berry production, and a multi-tiered sustainable system that will optimize crop health and production density for small-scale farmers in Northern climates,” said Emma Adamo, chair, Weston Family Foundation. “The sheer diversity of the projects submitted speaks to the incredibly broad scope of possibility and potential. We cannot wait to see the innovative projects yet to come!”



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