NatureFresh Farms announces partnership with the Van der Knaap Group

NatureFresh Farms announces partnership with the Van der Knaap Group

In the deal, the Canadian grower will increase its organic pepper offer in 2018 and 2019.

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October 9, 2017
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Business

NatureFresh Farms signed an agreement with Netherlands-based specialists in high quality rooting and growing media Van der Knaap Group to grow peppers organically using a patented sustainable organic cultivation system. This agreement supports NatureFresh Farms plans increase it’s organic peppers lineup from 9 acres to 15 acres in 2018, and further this effort with 30 acres of organics by 2019.

Sustainable Organic Cultivation: Seven Years in the Making

Van der Knaap’s R&D team has been working with their partners to develop a cultivation system for growing organically above the soil. This effort has been led by Karel de Bruijn, R&D Manager of Van der Knaap who developed a reactor that converts proteins into nitrates (NO3) nitrogen. This nutritional solution produced with the reactor is free from organic residue, fungi and bacteria.

Applying Global Best Practices to Local Growing

“Our team strives to constantly innovate in order to improve our growing practice.” says John Ketler, General Manager of NatureFresh™ Farms. Working with Van der Knaap’s cultivation system underscores NatureFresh Farms commitment to improving the quality of its organics offering by applying the latest technologies from across the globe. “Sustainability is core to our business and this partnerships allow us the ability to think globally and grow locally.”  says Peter Quiring, CEO & Owner of NatureFresh Farms.