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Passing of Brenda Lammens, former OFVGA chair

 

Passing of Brenda Lammens, former OFVGA chair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 13, 2017

Guelph ON – The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) is saddened by the death of former OFVGA Chair Brenda Lammens, 61 who passed away surrounded by family on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

“Brenda was a strong, influential leader who contributed much to the edible horticulture sector and the agricultural industry as a whole,” said Jan VanderHout, OFVGA Chair. “She was a positive voice for growers, and had a particular passion for mentoring women in agriculture. She will be fondly remembered.”

Last month, Brenda was named the 2017 recipient of the Industry Award of Merit – a prestigious award given out annually by OFVGA to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the fruit and vegetable industry. For over 30 years, she and her husband Raymond operated their family farm, Spearit Farms located in Norfolk County. She served on the OFVGA board for seven years and became the second woman to Chair the OFVGA in 2007. 

“We offer our deepest condolences to the Lammens family during this difficult time and hope they take some comfort knowing the legacy that she leaves behind as a champion for agriculture may serve as a powerful source of inspiration,” said VanderHout.

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The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) advocates for the sustainability of fruit, vegetable and greenhouse farmers as a nationally recognized not-for-profit association. The edible horticulture sector supports 30,000 farm-based jobs in Ontario, as well as a further 8,700 jobs specific to horticulture and specialty crops. More than 125 different fruit and vegetable crops are grown in Ontario.

For more information:

Alison Robertson, Executive Director, OFVGA

Tel: 519-763-6160 ext. 115

arobertson@ofvga.org