July 16, 2010

Metrolina, Coronado Earn Grower Of The Year Awards

Greenhouse Grower hosted its annual Evening of Excellence event July 12 at OFA Short Course, where it unveiled the 2010 Operation of the Year and Head Grower of the Year award winners. Earning Operation of the Year honors this year is Metrolina Greenhouses, the sixth largest greenhouse operation in the United States that’s constantly developing new ideas, inventing new production systems and automation and building effective service and merchandising programs. Head Grower of the Year honors, meanwhile, went to Regina Coronado of Stacy’s Greenhouses. With a staff of four assistant growers, four scouts, eight irrigators and 12 chemical applicators, Coronado uses a variety of methods to ensure every plant grown at Stacy’s grown to the highest quality and ready to perform for the consumer. Coronado manages 250 miles of drip irrigation and 20 acres of lit growing beds, and she keeps the operation at the front end of technology and […]

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June 15, 2010

2010 Head Grower Of The Year Finalists

For the first time, Greenhouse Grower is recognizing head growers as part of its Grower of the Year program. Our Head Grower of the Year will be named July 12 during our Evening of Excellence ceremony at OFA as part of our program. Our Operation of the Year will be named then, as well. Seventeen head growers were nominated for this award. Our 2010 panel, which narrowed the field down to four, includes Associate Professor Paul Fisher of the University of Florida, Greenhouse Grower Editor Delilah Onofrey, our last two Growers of the Year – George Lucas and Mark Elzinga of Elzinga & Hoeksema Greenhouses – and Steve Larson, national ornamentals account manager for BASF. Now, we present our four finalists of Head Grower of the Year. Andrew Britten, Costa Farms Andrew Britten, who currently manages plug, propagation and offshore stock production at Costa Farms, joined the Miami, Fla.-based operation […]

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August 24, 2009

Slideshow: Grower Of The Year Lucas Greenhouses

Grower Of The Year Lucas Greenhouses

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June 23, 2009

Who Will Be Our Next Grower Of The Year?

Progressive growers move our industry forward and deserve to be recognized. Greenhouse Grower has partnered with BASF Turf & Ornamentals to take our traditional Grower of the Year recognition to the next level by creating a true industry award. For the first time, we opened up the award to industry nominations and have a panel reaching a consensus on finalists and our next Grower of the Year. In the nominations process, we sought growers who: • Exemplify modern, high quality production practices. • Are innovative marketers. • Are strong on customer service. • Embrace technology. • Demonstrate industry leadership. Our panel consisted of myself, Associate Professor Paul Fisher of the University of Florida, our past two Growers of the Year – Mark Elzinga of Elzinga & Hoeksema Greenhouses and Juan St. Amant of Plug Connection − and Steve Larson, national ornamentals account manager for BASF. Larson, who holds bachelor’s and […]

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October 27, 2008

Elzinga & Hoeksema is Grower of the Year [Slideshow]

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December 5, 2007

2007 Grower Of The Year: The Plug Connection

Built On Integrity Greenhouse Grower is proud to recognize The Plug Connection as its 2007 Grower of the Year. There’s a saying that you’re only as good as your last sale or last interaction with your customer. For 20 years, The Plug Connection in Vista, Calif., has humbly built its reputation as the preferred West Coast young plant supplier by taking care of customers, large and small, and making them successful with each transaction, as well as bigger picture programs. Ranked at No. 5 on our Top 25 Young Plant Growers producing 220 million plugs and liners, Plug Connection is unique in its independence. Other young plant growers of their stature are closely aligned with specific breeders and brokers. Plug Connection serves an extensive network of 27 brokers supplying a complete range of annuals, perennials, grasses, herbs and vegetables from seed and cuttings. Plug Connection also has built a reputation […]

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