Blue Ridge Growers

City: Stevensburg, Va.

Website: www.BlueRidgeGrowers.com

Environmentally controlled square footage: 850,000

Percentage of production space under permanent environmentally controlled structure devoted to each crop:

Ornamental bedding plants62%
Flowering potted plants18%
Plugs and propagation material15%
Vegetables5%

What’s the best way to describe your greenhouse operation and its role in contract growing?

We produce plant material for other growers through contracts AND contract other growers to produce material for us.

What percentage of the crops you grow are produced for other growers as part of a contract growing relationship?

Less than 10 percent

What percent of the crops you sell are produced by other greenhouse operations as part of contract growing relationships?

Less than 5 percent

Do you typically draw up written contracts or rely on verbal agreements to do business?

About 50-50 (written/verbal)

Percentage of sales by customer:

Home improvement chains5%
Independent garden centers15%
Mass merchandisers40%
Other growers5%
Supermarket chains35%

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