The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) was established in 1859, which makes it one of Ontario and Canada’s oldest agriculture organizations.
As the voice of Ontario’s fruit and vegetable growers, the OFVGA is a nationally recognized not-for-profit association that advocates on behalf of Ontario fruit and vegetable growers and the edible horticulture industry, and represents its members provincially, nationally, and internationally.
Advocate on behalf of fruit and vegetable farmers of Ontario in partnership with our member associations.
A thriving fruit and vegetable sector.
OFVGA’s members are the following organizations that collectively represent Ontario’s fruit and vegetable farmers:
- Apple Marketers' Association of Ontario
- Asparagus Farmers of Ontario
- Berry Growers of Ontario
- Bradford Co-operative Storage Ltd.
- Central Erie Fruit & Vegetable Growers' Association
- East Central Fruit & Vegetable Growers' Association
- Elgin County Fruit & Vegetable Growers' Association
- Fresh Vegetable Growers of Ontario
- Garlic Growers' Association of Ontario
- Georgian Bay Fruit Growers' Inc.
- Grand Bend Vegetable Growers Association
- Grape Growers of Ontario
- Halton-Wentworth Growers' Association
- Holland Marsh Growers' Association
- Middlesex-Lambton Fruit & Vegetable Growers' Association
- Niagara Peninsula Fruit & Vegetable Growers' Association
- Norfolk Fruit Growers' Association
- Ontario Apple Growers
- Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association
- Ontario Fresh Grape Growers' Marketing Board
- Ontario Ginseng Growers' Association
- Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers
- Ontario Potato Board
- Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers
- Ontario Tender Fruit Growers
- Southwestern Ontario Rutabaga Growers' Association
- Thedford-Grand Bend Vegetable Growers' Association
The OFVGA is led by an active and engaged board of directors consisting of 12 grower directors and ex-officio representatives.
On behalf of its members, the OFVGA leads lobbying activities in five key areas that affect all fruit and vegetable farmers: Safety Nets, Crop Protection, Energy, Property and Infrastructure, Labour and Environment and Conservation. The organization also supports national efforts on other issues concerning the horticulture sector across the country, such as international trade for example.
The OFVGA also supports national efforts through the Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada by appointing board of directors and being actively involved in all working groups including crop protection, labour, trade and risk management.
The OFVGA works to maintain close ties with its member organizations, industry stakeholders and partners, government liaisons and national bodies. This is done through monthly industry newsletters, regular email updates to members when pertinent issues arise and ongoing communication with the provincial government.
The OFVGA also participates in several events and tradeshows throughout the year including the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention, Ontario Greenhouse Conference and more.
Farm and Food Care
The OFVGA is a proud member and supporter of Farm and Food Care Ontario (FFCO). FFCO's mandate is to build public trust in food and farming in Ontario and have supported OFVGA on several issues including trespassing and environment. They are also an integral piece to the More than a Migrant Worker initiative.