Shawn Brenn has been appointed chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA). Mike Chromczak has been elected vice chair.
Brenn served for one year as the vice chair and takes over from apple and blueberry grower Charles Stevens. Brenn and his brother are co-owners of their fourth-generation family farm located in a rural area of the city of Hamilton where they grow potatoes and onions, fresh cilantro and dill, and corn, soybeans and wheat as rotation crops on approximately 2,300 owned and rented acres. He is currently chair of the Ontario Potato Board and is the vice chair of the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) advisory committee for agriculture and horticulture, as well as serving on the WSPS executive advisory committee.
Chromczak is the owner and operator of M&J Chromczak Farms Inc. near Tillsonburg where he grows asparagus, watermelon and row crops. He is actively engaged on and off the farm, serving as vice chair for Asparagus Farmers of Ontario as well as the OFVGA’s board of directors and management committee while also chairing the safety nets section. He is one of OFVGA's three director representatives to the Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada board.