Located in Canada’s Niagara Region, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is a world-class research centre dedicated to horticultural science and innovation. Our researchers in Applied Genomics, Consumer Insights and Horticultural Production Systems work together to deliver innovative products and production solutions that address the needs of the horticulture industry and advance Canada`s research and commercialization agenda. Vineland’s Business Development Office aligns business and science interests by assisting with commercialization, technology scouting and technology transfer activities. Enter Niagara Region-based Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, whose world crops breeding program focuses on the commercial production of locally grown okra, Asian long eggplant, and Indian round eggplant, among other produce.
We are an independent, not-for-profit organization, funded in part by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. Vineland has been designated as an eligible Research Institute by the Canada Revenue Agency.
With a highly-skilled research team, oversight from an independent Board of Directors, engagement from an international Science Advisory Committee and collaboration with more than 160 global partners including a Stakeholder Advisory Committee, Vineland’s goal is to enhance Canadian growers’ commercial success through results-oriented innovation.
The Vineland Research Station was created through a gift by Moses F. Rittenhouse in 1906. This generous endowment contributed to the emergence of a competitive tender fruit industry, and more recently, wine and greenhouse industries, in one of Canada’s most unique geographic regions.
Vineland is located in the town of Lincoln, Niagara Region. It consists of 35 buildings (165,000 square feet) with a 218 acre land base. The site is located within a unique combination of micro-climate and an 'urban-rural' environment protected by the Ontario Greenbelt legislation.
In 2006, a panel was established by the Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to develop a vision that would lead to the transformation of Vineland into a world-class research and innovation centre.
A process was followed to understand the history of Vineland, the current operating environment and future needs of stakeholders. Today Vineland employs over 100 research and support staff, leading science and innovation for the Canadian horticultural industry.
For a comprehensive history of Vineland's first 100 years, please refer to the book entitled Celebrating A Century of Success, 1906-2006 by the Horticultural Experiment Station, Vineland and the University of Guelph.