Blue Ridge Growers
May 3, 2011
City: Stevensburg, Va.
Environmentally controlled square footage: 850,000
Percentage of production space under permanent environmentally controlled structure devoted to each crop:
|Ornamental bedding plants - 62%|
|Flowering potted plants - 18%|
|Plugs and propagation material - 15%|
|Vegetables - 5%|
What’s the best way to describe your greenhouse operation and its role in contract growing?
We produce plant material for other growers through contracts AND contract other growers to produce material for us.
What percentage of the crops you grow are produced for other growers as part of a contract growing relationship?
Less than 10 percent
What percent of the crops you sell are produced by other greenhouse operations as part of contract growing relationships?
Less than 5 percent
Do you typically draw up written contracts or rely on verbal agreements to do business?
About 50-50 (written/verbal)
Percentage of sales by customer:
|Home improvement chains - 5%|
|Independent garden centers - 15%|
|Mass merchandisers - 40%|
|Other growers - 5%|
|Supermarket chains - 35%|