January 13, 2018
2018 Southern Garden Tour Includes Visits to Young’s Plant Farm, the University of Georgia, and Metrolina Greenhouses
The tour is scheduled for June 5-7, 2018, and offers floriculture industry members the opportunity to view trials of thousands of new and proven plant varieties.
January 24, 2018
Automation Never Stops, Even for the Biggest Growers
Metrolina Greenhouses has designed a unique forklift system to help move plants more efficiently at its newest perennial facility.
November 6, 2017
Metrolina Shows Off Its Summer Best During Southern Garden Tour
This summer’s Southern grower trials experienced unseasonably cool weather, but the plants still thrived. Consumer panels topped off the week, providing valuable insight for suppliers, growers, and their retail customers.
September 26, 2017
Senator Thom Tillis Says eVerify, Border Security Key to Successful Immigration Reform
The North Carolina senator detailed his deal breakers on immigration reform for horticulture industry members during AmericanHort’s Impact Washington, just one day before filing the SUCCEED Act, a co-sponsored solution to the DREAMers’ plight.
August 1, 2017
MPS Honors D.S. Cole Growers for 10 Years of Sustainability Leadership
At Cultivate’17, a ceremony to mark a 10-year milestone since D.S. Cole Growers became involved with More Profitable Sustainability (MPS), as the first U.S. grower to achieve MPS certification, took owner Doug Cole by surprise. Separate celebrations also recognized Metrolina Greenhouses and Dümmen Orange for achieving MPS certification.
July 7, 2017
Metrolina Builds, Decorates Greenhouse for Young Cancer Patient
When Michael VanWingerden and his wife Courtney heard through their work with the Make-A-Wish foundation that 11-year-old Jason wanted a greenhouse to grow vegetables in, they knew Metrolina Greenhouses could help.
June 25, 2017
Consumers Revel in Gardening at Metrolina Greenhouses’ Dig & Swig Events
Metrolina wanted to promote plants, gardening, and creating a sense of community, so it decided to host Dig & Swig events at a local brewery.
June 3, 2017
An In-Depth Look At Metrolina Greenhouses’ Water Retention Pond Project
Metrolina Greenhouses’ York location in South Carolina has undergone a series of water retention pond construction projects in recent years, with more planned for the future. Here’s how planning and logistics make resources and labor go further.
May 31, 2017
Art VanWingerden on the Importance of Investing in Your Greenhouse Structure
When it comes to reinvesting in structures, Art VanWingerden of Metrolina Greenhouses says it's important maintain the longevity of the building so it will last to the next generation and the generation after that.
February 4, 2017
Getting to the Next Generation of Greenhouse Automation
The most successful growers in the future will be those that are willing to accept and invest in new technology.
May 23, 2016
What’s Good For The Environment Is Good For Business [Opinion]
Investing in technology to become more sustainable “always goes hand in hand,” says Abe VanWingerden, co-CEO of Metrolina Greenhouses. “If it is good for the environment, it normally is good for business over the long term.” That connection was abundantly clear in the responses we received to this year’s Top 100 Growers Survey. VanWingerden points to three investments Metrolina has made as good examples of how technology can reduce an operation’s carbon footprint and pay dividends financially. Its biomass system burns locally sourced waste wood — a renewable resource; its ozone water treatment system cleans irrigation water, reducing the need for fertilizers and pesticides, and improving plant quality and precision growing; and electrostatic sprayers reduce water and chemical use, and provide more targeted chemical applications. Other Top 100 Growers have found VanWingerden’s theory to be true, as well. Costa Farms’ investment in solar energy panels on three buildings at its […]
February 18, 2016
Metrolina Greenhouses Has Improved Heating Efficiency With Green Solutions
Sustainability started to become a keyword in the horticulture industry in the late 2000s, when growers began converting their heating systems to greener options to save on energy costs and reduce their impact on the environment. However, there haven’t been many operations that have invested in sustainable solutions on as large of a scale as Metrolina Greenhouses at its Huntersville, NC, headquarters. Six years later, the operation is still fully committed to its biomass heating system and everything it entails. Metrolina first fired up its Vynke biomass system from Belgium in 2010. The four wood boilers cover 95% of the operation’s heating needs at its 201-acre main location in Huntersville, NC, and Metrolina still maintains its traditional heating systems for back up and to provide flexibility of resources. Wood chips are sourced locally, with the majority from local forestry activities like wood harvesting companies and developers. The other […]