Canada: Farming with a purpose in York Region

Growing up in Toronto and studying environmental sciences at McMaster University, Brandon Hebor always dreamed of being able to use innovative forms of agriculture technology to produce nutritious local food year-round in urban environments, a goal he accomplished through the creation of Boreal Greens Co.

He launched the vertical farming agribusiness a little over two years ago in Markham after participating in Seneca College’s innovation and entrepreneurship incubator, HELIX. The company has since moved to the Township of King, where, just like the plants it grows, it has flourished.

“As I have evolved as an entrepreneur through Seneca, a strategic partnership in Markham, and now a facility in King Township, I’m very appreciative at how receptive the York Region business community has been for myself and Boreal, as well as the team at the Kingbridge Centre and the Kingbridge Innovation Hub, which have supported me as both an entrepreneur and a futurist in terms of helping to support and redesign local food systems,” says Hebor, who also did a post-graduate certificate in sustainable business development at Seneca College.

A vertical farm with a purpose, Boreal Greens grows a variety of herbs, specialty greens, and small vegetables indoors using a hydroponic, multi-tiered growing infrastructure that is completely soilless, making it ideal for urban agriculture and harsh environments.

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