CCPI News and Updates

Next Learning Day & AGM - March 2018 in Saskatoon

Notes from the 18 Nov 2017 Learning Day:

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT
Forrest Scharf                                           (soon to be posted on a “Members Only” section of this website).
1. Multi-step process that helps growers make informed decisions about all aspects of orchard management
2. Pests: fruit flies, maggots, and weevils
3. Diseases: brown rot, powdery mildew, leaf spot, and gummosis

WHERE WE GO FROM HERE
Tyler Case, Edwards School of Business
1. Developing Strategic Alternatives for CCPI and the growers - Identify and capitalize on opportunities; Recognize risks and minimize treats; Identify resources; Innovate for survival – change is constant – be prepared
2. What makes our cherries unique? – Differentiating characteristics, Health content
3. What can CCPI do best? - Communication ; Leadership; Sharing knowledge and collaboration; Research
4. What do cherry growers value? - Information; Collaboration and Partnerships; Quality and efficiencies; Sustainability and advancement; Research on health benefits
5. What is next for CCPI? - Improve communication with members and growers; Diversifying the Board of Directors; Identifying processing needs; Incubate a marketing system ; Branding; Identifying funding sources

GROUP SHARING offered sources for Chemicals, Containers, Organic fertilizers, Soil Rejuvenation, Netting, and Mulch. Members explained their experiences with Hutterites, Osler Food Network, and a homemade cherry shaker.

Canadian Cherry Producers Inc. (CCPI) is a producer-controlled umbrella organization for the prairie cherry industry based on the premium University of Saskatchewan cultivars.  Growers from other provinces and some US states are trying these cherries to evaluate their growth, disease and pest resistance in a variety of climates.

It's purpose is to promote the industry, educate consumers and producers, and encourage research.

CCPI is non-profit corporation that:

  •  Promotes the prairie cherry industry
  • Informs consumers and producers
  • Documents and shares best practices and research results to benefit all members
  • Encourages co-operative activities to create marketing and processing opportunities
  • Initiates tart cherry research

We believe in partnerships that will advance the ability of growers to sustain their farms. Together growers can tackle industry issues that would overwhelm individual endeavors.

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President: Jocelyn Zurevinsky
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Cora Greer
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Phone: 306-544-2734
Address: Box 86 Kenaston, SK S0G 2N0