February 5, 2018
It was back in late 2012 that the Ontario Asparagus Growers’ Marketing Board changed its name to AFO to reflect a ‘grower first’ philosophy. At the time, a new governance structure was also created, and Fox Seeds was formed. Executive director for both entities, Bernie Solymár, came on board in 2013. He indicates that, because AFO is a not-for-profit organization regulated under the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Act, selling seed would have to be done under a private corporation. Fox Seeds got its name from the type of sand found in Norfolk County, where a large percentage of asparagus is grown in Ontario. The University of Guelph’s breeding program for the vegetable is also located there.