Parks Brothers Farm
May 3, 2011
City: Van Buren, Ark.
Environmentally controlled square footage: 677,000
Percentage of production space under permanent environmentally controlled structure devoted to each crop:
|Ornamental bedding plants - 90%|
|Flowering potted plants - 5%|
|Herbs - 1%|
|Vegetables - 4%|
What percentage of the crops you sell are produced by other greenhouse operations as part of contract growing relationships?
Less than 5 percent
What are the primary reasons your operation contracts other growers to produce crops?
They already grow the crop we needed and are good at it. They also wanted to sell more which we are able to do through our sales and distribution.
Can you describe how involved your operation is in the production of crops other growers are contracted to produce?
Very hands off. It's up to them to make sure it is up to spec or we don't sell it.
Percentage of sales by customer:
|Home improvement chains - 1%|
|Independent garden centers - 83%|
|Supermarket chains - 10%|
|Your own retail shop - 6%|