Merlin Club visits Cedarline Greenhouses
On Saturday April 7, 2018 at 9:30am The Merlin Amazing Aggies met for their second meeting of 2018. The meeting was held at Cedarline Greenhouses in Dresden, Ontario.
The 4-H group started off with the 4-H pledge. Then they got a little history lesson of the Cedarline Greenhouses by Hilco Tamminga. They now know that Cedarline Greenhouse only started with 6 acres. The group learned about the procedure that the harvesters must do if there is Pepper Weevil present on any of the Peppers. As the mini history lesson came to an end, the group then got a tour of the greenhouse.
The Merlin 4-H group was then brought to the boiler room. Mr.Tamminga told them a little bit about the boiler. There was a little magnifying glass at the back of the boiler that showed inside of the huge boiler. The group got to look through it. Then, they all moved over to where the workers signed in and they found out what jobs they had to do for the day.
Mr. Tamminga then showed the group how the carts that the harvesters use to put the peppers into worked. The Merlin 4-H group members were very interested in how the peppers grow, and there were lots of questions answered. They learned that the peppers take 8 weeks to grow and are harvested about twice a week, once there are peppers on the plants. The plants are planted in mid December and grow w for almost an entire year producing peppers the entire time
Mr. Tamminga was telling the group about the flowers that were on top of the pepper plants, and that the different varieties of peppers can take different amounts of heat. Mr. Joe Barkhouse took the members for scissor rides. A scissor is a machine that the workers use to get up high to be able to reach the top of the plants. Mr. Barkhouse showed the members two at a time, how the workers are able to complete the work assigned to them using this machine. He showed them how high up the scissor could go and how the workers twist the plants around the string so that they would keep on growing upwards. String was attached to a metal bar that runs across the greenhouse for each row.
Marg Nauta asked why there were ribbons attached to the bars on the scissor. The orange ribbons are to tell the harvesters that they found a bug in that plant, and the green ribbons are to tell the harvesters that that plant is a bad plant. Then, Ben Rhodes thanked Joe Barkhouse, Greg Devries and Hilco Tamminga for giving us the tour.
All the members went in the lunch room to begin their meeting. Ben Rhodes completed roll call ‘’what was the highlight of the tour for you?’’. Oliver Brady recited the minutes from the last meeting, and after that Shaun Sullivan explained the judging activity that we did for ‘’onions to put on a hamburger’’. Then, Marg went through the old and new businesses.
Then the meeting was adjourned, and the group ate their refreshments and sang ‘’Happy Birthday’’ to Becky.
The Merlin 4-H Press Reporter