Red Sun Farms begins use of supplemental lighting in Ontario
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Red Sun Farms begins use of supplemental lighting in Ontario

The Canadian grower announced three projects to help it grow year-round.

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According to a press release, Red Sun Farms is currently working on supplemental lighting to help it grow year-round in Ontario. The projects are described as follows: 

  • First, a new state of the art 27-acre facility with a dedicated partially lit growing area. This investment will allow for a longer growing season in Canada for specialty tomatoes.
  • A second project has 42 acres lit, all dedicated to growing 12 months of the year in organic & conventional farming. With this new technology, they can extend their growing season into the winter months, responding to consumer demand for local produce year-round.
  • Finally, a third project introduces the first of its kind LED technology that will supply Ontario peppers year-round. This unique technology recreates and modulates the full spectrum of the sun's natural light, essentially enabling the farm to deseasonalize productions.

"Introducing these new technologies into the greenhouses will allow Red Sun Farms to offer year-round supply from Ontario," said Jim DiMenna, the president of Red Sun Farms, per the release. "Usually over the winter months, we ship our product from Mexico to Canada; however, this new lighting technology will allow us to give some of our Canadian customer's limited products over the winter months."