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.
August 29, 2017
Know Your Grower: New Platform Brings Consumer Transparency to Horticulture
The new Follow Your Flower or Plant vignette from MPS allows consumers to learn all about the producers of the plants and flowers they see at retail, and how sustainably their products are grown.
May 24, 2017
Sustainability in the Greenhouse is More Than Just About Dollars and Cents
Bell Nursery has taken several steps over the years to make our operation more sustainable from a technological standpoint. Here’s how we are doing it.
May 23, 2017
The Road to Sustainability at Cavicchio Greenhouses
Incremental changes to reduce its carbon footprint have paid off in greater efficiency and public recognition for this Massachusetts greenhouse grower.
January 31, 2017
European Growers Move Forward With Floriculture Sustainability Initiative
During IPM Essen, members of the initiative introduced new efforts targeting social environmental standards such as working conditions, water use, and more.
November 27, 2016
How The Sustainability Movement Impacts Growing Media
As consumers continue to focus on sustainability, growers need cost-effective media additives and options that produce high-quality plants, all while conserving precious natural resources and reducing the grower’s carbon footprint.
November 8, 2016
Oregon Nursery Lean Consortium Welcomes New Grower Members
The Oregon Nursery Lean Consortium, which helps the horticulture industry learn and apply Lean principles, is inviting greenhouse and nursery growers — and their suppliers — to join its 2017 program.
September 6, 2016
Cavicchio Greenhouses Wins Inaugural Sustainability Award
The Sudbury, MA, growing operation sustains more than 250 acres of annuals, perennials, and nursery stock, with a number of practices to mitigate its impact on the environment.
December 7, 2015
Sustainability Is Key To Your Operation’s Future
During Greenhouse Grower's 2015 Top 100 Growers Breakfast at Cultivate'15, Arthij ven der Veer of MPS (More Profitable Sustainability) discussed crop protection trends in Europe, Latin America, and around the world, and what to expect on the horizon.
November 17, 2015
International Seminar Finds Broad-Based Need For Industry-Wide Sustainability And Transparency
Achieving durability and maximum transparency is the responsibility of the entire floriculture supply chain, was the main conclusion of the seminar “Shaping the Future of Floriculture,” which took place on Monday 9 November on the S.S. Rotterdam in The Netherlands. With just under 300 participants, the seminar, organized by Union Fleurs, VGB and MPS, received plenty of attention.
July 28, 2014
California Cut Flower Farmers Help Launch Sustainability Program
This summer, the California Cut Flower Commission released a grower self-assessment sustainability workbook. Next on the commission’s agenda is to roll out a comprehensive sustainability certification program.
May 12, 2014
Eco-labeling: Study Shows Which Terms Are Effective In Marketing Ornamental Plants
Consumers are most interested in locally produced plants and biodegradable or compostable pots.
April 16, 2014
Growers Find Sustainable Business Saves Money And Empowers Employees
Two growers explain the benefits their businesses are finding from sustainable certification, not only in environmental aspects, but also in better financial margins and improved business management.
April 16, 2014
D.S. Cole Growers Is Growing With Lean Flow And Sustainable Certification
Both Lean Flow and MPS sustainability certification raise D.S. Cole Growers in New Hampshire to a level of being more professional, with tighter margins and better employee processes, says Doug Cole, the company's owner and president.