Barlow’s Flower Farm in Sea Girt, NJ, was named Operation of the Year at Greenhouse Grower’s Medal of Excellence awards program, held July 16 at Cultivate’18 in Columbus, OH. Barlow’s was also recognized for Excellence In Quality, and in particular making sure no plants go on the shelves unless they are perfect.
“It doesn’t take fancy machines or high-tech greenhouses to be successful,” said Stephen Barlow of Barlow’s Flower Farm in accepting the award. “It takes hard work and dedication.”
Barlow’s uses biocontrols to control insects, and over the past five years, the company has reduced its use of pesticides by more than 95%. It has also converted many of its greenhouses from fans to passive ventilation, with very good results. Today, the company specializes in propagating seeds and cuttings, and it continues to be one of New Jersey’s largest retail annual growers.
Learn more about why Barlow’s Flower Farm was a finalist, and eventual winner, of the Operation of the Year award.