Why you should join the S.V.G.A.
Joining the S.V.G.A. offers several benefits to producers working in the Vegetable, Fruit, Agricultural and Agri-Tourism Industry. Here's a few reasons to consider joining:
- Networking opportunities: S.V.G.A. offers opportunities to network with other professionals in the industry, including producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, farmers markets and industry experts. This can be an excellent way to meet potential partners, learn about industry trends and gain new insights into the industry.
- Advocacy: S.V.G.A. advocates for the interests of members and works to influence government policy and regulations that impact the industry. We are part of the national group on Canada's Vegetable Industry, the Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada. By joining S.V.G.A., you can help shape the vegetable industry and protect the interests of your business.
- Professional development: S.V.G.A. offers training in Bio-Security to our members. We host a Vegetable Field Day every summer and our AGM has a mini conference as well, with workshops and speakers. We partner with ADOPT and the Ministry of Agriculture and run demonstrations of new and interesting developments and new varieties and processes each year. These events can help you stay up to date on industry best practices, acquire new skills and improve your business operations.
- Marketing and promotion: S.V.G.A. offers marketing and promotion opportunities, such as our member listing on our website, our Farmer's Market list that our members attend on our website, Facebook opportunities and participation in Industry Events. These can help increase your business's visibility and attract new customers.
- Access to resources: S.V.G.A. website hosts the last 25 years + of Dr. Doug Waterer's vegetable research and demonstrations at the University of Saskatchewan. His ongoing ADOPT projects are published on our website too. Other ADOPT and vegetable projects are published on our website too. This information is free for everyone to use. These downloads can be invaluable in helping you make informed decisions and stay competitive in the Saskatchewan Vegetable Industry.
Interest in local grown food
Interest in locally grown food has been gaining momentum in the past few years. Saskatchewan consumers are paying attention to where their food was grown or produced.
We encourage the public to 'think local' when it come to choosing their produce.
Local Secure Food
You may be new to the idea, or maybe you have been buying local grown vegetables for years. Food security and supporting local agriculture are most important issues in our community, province and Canada.