Some of the industry’s leading growers and educators had strong things to say this year. Here’s a look at some of the most memorable quotes from 2016.
“We do not have a choice, we either automate or disintegrate.” — Eduard Van Wingerden, CEO of Ever-Bloom Inc., after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will make farmworkers in the nation’s largest agricultural state entitled to the same overtime pay as most other hourly workers
“With every plant that leaves our farms, we have one chance to provide a consumer with a pleasing experience. This consumer is more likely to spend money on repeat purchases if our products are of adequate quality.” — Albert Grimm, Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 Head Grower of the Year, of Jeffrey’s Greenhouses in St. Catharines, Ontario
“Transparency is important to make the industry better for all. We want to be working together to make the industry better for everyone today and tomorrow.” — Art Van Wingerden, Co-Owner and CEO of Metrolina Greenhouses, during Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers Breakfast at Cultivate’16
“I have now seen the future of horticulture. It is both mind-boggling and exciting, and it’s going to start a revolution in how we grow.” — Lloyd Traven of Peace Tree Farms, after attending the Academy of Crop Production in Athens, GA
“Congratulations to all the breeders and staff who put on such a show. While we might catch ourselves saying ‘so what’ about a new plant, it is essential to remember that new is an absolute necessity. Let us all encourage curiosity, encourage risk, encourage gardenscaping, and always encourage new ideas from young people.” — Allan Armitage, after attending 2016 California Spring Trials.