Last evening (Thursday) at the Berwick Lions Hall, guests of the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce heard from 7 applicants for the 4th Annual Agriculture Innovation Accelerator Award.
Congratulations to this year’s winner, Taproot Fibre Lab who received a prize package valued at $32,200 in cash and In-kind services.
Taproot Fibre Lab, owned by husband and wife team Josh Oulton and Patricia Bishop is well on its way to turning flax into linen. The prize this year will help them develop a process to steam the fiber as it is being spun.
In accepting the prize Oulton said, “this will help with the modification of this machine to introduce the steaming process.”
AVCC Agriculture co-chair Gary Morton thanked all the applicants and encouraged everyone to keep going with their innovative thoughts.
Health Minister Leo Glavine brought greetings from the province on behalf of Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell and remarked on the importance of innovation and how it relates to the economic growth of our province.
The 6 applicants besides Taproot Fiber are Dempsey Corner Orchards, Bad Apple Brewhouse, Jurg(Yourg) Stutz, Nova Green East, Vermeulen Farms and Barreling Tide Distillery.
AVCC represents nearly 400 members in Kings County and Eastern Annapolis County.