Pleasant View Gardens has added more than 30,000 square feet of production space and upgraded existing greenhouses at its Loudon, N.H., location.
“The main advantage will be better light levels for earlier crops and being able to bring finished product to market earlier,” says Henry Huntington, president. “We’re continuing to improve our efficiency and upgrade growing facilities. Our focus on quality demands better environments.”
This move answers Pleasant View Gardens’ demand for both increased production space and enhanced efficiency. The project replaced older double-poly hoop houses heated by oil with new greenhouses that will be heated by the operation’s energy-saving biomass boiler system, which burns wood chips. The naturally ventilated houses are also designed to provide maximum light.
Labor efficiency was also a key part of the project. The old houses were all separated and required going outside from one house to the next. The new gutter-connected Nexus single-atrium glasshouses are totally enclosed and connect the entire operation. Additional efficiencies come from components, including booms, curtains, HAF fans and concrete flood floors.
Production in the new range will primarily consist of Proven Winners spring finished materials, including hanging baskets, 4.25-inch grande and mixed patio pots, though Huntington says anything is possible.
“The new greenhouse space allows us to have greater control over additional environments, creating more opportunity for new crops,” he says.
The expansion takes production at Pleasant View Gardens to a of 14 acres indoors at all locations.
Source: Pleasant View Gardens