June 20, 2013

Dennis Crum Is The 2013 Head Grower Of The Year

Dennis Crum is a grower’s grower. The 21-year mainstay at Four Star Greenhouse spends a lot of his time on the telephone answering culture calls and flying around the country to work with growers, help them plan spring production, review their seasons and decide what to grow or replace. It’s all part of the partnership Four Star has established with its grower customers, but it’s also the role, among his many, that makes Crum the happiest. As the director of growing relations and the wearer of many hats, he says he’s first and foremost a grower at heart. He has mentored countless young growers and emphasizes hands-on education and training with his fellow production teammates. “I try to stay as close to the greenhouse and growing as I can,” he says. “I never want to lose touch and become a talking head.” Crum started at Four Star in 1992 to […]

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June 20, 2013

Corwin Graves Is A Head Grower Of The Year Nominee

When Rocket Farms merged with Nurserymen’s Exchange in 2011, the company also acquired a huge resource in head grower Corwin Graves, an eight-year veteran who was then in charge of the operation’s substantial miniature rose program. Learning how to grow roses taught the horticultural science graduate from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo about the importance of stock management and that taking shortcuts in production leads to less-than-desirable results. Since then, the pride Graves takes in ensuring quality in all of Rocket Farms products shows in the company’s success. “We have built our reputation as a company by not taking shortcuts,” Graves says. “We have great facilities, an experienced and thoughtful staff, an ideal climate and a sense of pride that I think is uncommon in the trade.” Graves became head grower in 2011 and is responsible for all flowering products under the Rocket Farms brand, including 18 flagship and research and […]

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June 20, 2013

Rob O’Hara Is A Head Grower of the Year Nominee

For the second consecutive year, Rob O’Hara is a finalist for Head Grower of the Year. As someone who has truly helped to grow a business from the ground up, O’Hara’s reputation is synonymous with hands-on innovation, education, crop quality and leadership. In the 16 years O’Hara has been at Rainbow Greenhouses, the company has grown from just two acres to three fully automated locations that will grow to 50 acres by next year, with a 200-person staff.  O’Hara grew up in the greenhouse at his parents’ small operation on the prairie in Alberta, Canada. He studied greenhouse management at Alberta’s Olds College, where he continues to dedicate time and resources to up-and-coming students. Currently, he is helping students there research the use of renewable biochar to enrich growing media. Education has always been a focus for O’Hara, who promotes horticulture at a local secondary school program, where he mentors […]

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September 13, 2012

Grower Of The Year Award: All-Time Winners

2012 Operation Of The Year – James Greenhouses, Colbert, Ga. Head Grower Of The Year – Joe Moore, Lucas Greenhouses, Monroeville, N.J. 2011 Operation Of The Year – Bob’s Market & Greenhouses, Mason, W.Va. Head Grower Of The Year – Mike Friddle, Speedling, Sun City, Fla. 2010 Operation of the Year – Metrolina Greenhouses, Huntersville, N.C.  Head Grower Of The Year – Regina Coronado, Stacy’s Greenhouses, York, S.C. 2009 George and Louise Lucas, Lucas Greenhouses, Monroeville, N.J., for its high-tech and modern production. 2008 Mark Elzinga & Roger Rosenthal, Elzinga & Hoeksema Greenhouses, Portage, Mich., for their investment in sustainable production and alternative energy. 2007 Tim Wada, The Plug Connection, Vista, Calif., for creating opportunities for growers in organics and leadership in young plants. 2006 Raker Family, C. Raker & Sons, Litchfield, Mich., for their progressive corporate culture and leadership in young plants. 2005 Lloyd & Candy Traven, Peace Tree […]

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