Vineland Centenary a Success
Just nine months in the planning, but 100 years in the making (1911-2011), the Vineland Research Station's Centenary Open House Celebration was met with great enthusiasm by the public, alumni, stakeholders, research collaborators and media on a very sunny Saturday, September 10. The wonderful weather held for the entire day as more than a thousand people walked through the Station's doors with many staying throughout the afternoon for lunch, the opening ceremony and lab and field tours.
Jordan Farm wagon tour
The opening ceremony saw more than 400 people gathered under the tent to hear M.P. Dean Allison, ADM Karen Chan (OMAFRA) and Mayor Bill Hodgson (Town of Lincoln) speak about the Research Station, the importance of the innovative work done there and what it means to the Niagara region and the horticulture industry.
Inside Full Tent
Our own Dr. Gary Whitfield acted as emcee and Dr. Gilles Saindon spoke in glowing terms about the history of the Station, thanking all members of the staff, past and present, for their commitment and contributions. M.P. Allison unveiled a commemorative centenary plaque in front of the group, then cut one of six celebration cakes as families and children gathered round to get their little piece of history.
Opening ceremonies – Dr. Gary Whitfield
Visitors came from all over the eastern and southern Ontario and Niagara regions, including Ottawa, Prescott, St. Catharines, Welland, Toronto, Delhi, London, Harrow and Guelph. International visitors were also present from Australia, Switzerland, the West Indies and the Netherlands.
In an on-site survey, they expressed their appreciation for the Open House, saying:
"I have wanted to visit for years! Great to have the opportunity to hear and see what you do."
"Great organization and very educational!"
"Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Wonderful Research Station for our area!"
"Wish I'd had more time."
"Great to see fantastic agricultural research being done."
"Keep doing the good work for another 100 years."