June 2008
In February, Big Grower and Visions Group produced our first Executive Summit in Pacific Grove, Calif. At this event, 29 CEOs and senior managers from 21 of the largest growing operations convened for an open exchange of...
Everybody is talking about sustainability. You have seen a lot of coverage recently in the mainstream media as well as Big Grower, GPN and our sister publication, Lawn & Garden Retailer. And with good reason: It is an...
From the beginning, Michigan-based Grand Flower Growers, Inc., took a chance with Home Depot. In 1999, brothers John and Todd Mossel, along with good friend Steve Mulder, had visions of “doing their own thing,” recalls John...
Since our last issue, the sheer volume of information — and, in some cases, mis-information — published on the subject of sustainability in this industry has been nothing short of staggering. A lot of fact, mixed with...
In the past six months, I have had the privilege of working with dozens of farming and handling operations in four countries that are certified under the VeriFlora program, which is fully consistent with the Draft National...
“Survey says…” The famous line from Family Feud has been in our cultural vocabulary since it was first spoken in the mid-1970s. Now let’s bring the phrase back: Survey says…it has been an average spring from a national...
When the economy falters, consumers close their wallets and forgo or delay some purchases. The fine line that exists between necessity and indulgence becomes much more defined. Retailers cannot afford to stand pat and take a...
The Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA) is an association of peat moss producers and related enterprises devoted to promoting the long-term health of the industry. Founded in 1988 to highlight the benefits of...
All too often, the “H” in HR department stands for “hidden” rather than “human.” What was once little more than a vehicle to meet state and federal employment regulations can now be — if designed and staffed correctly...
Over the last decade, many organizations have embraced the idea that they can become more productive and competitive by better managing knowledge — the ideas, insights and expertise that originate in the human mind...
Growers across the country are carefully weighing the costs and benefits of becoming certified as sustainable. As the industry charges toward a more sustainable future, big growers are fast approaching a crossroads: Do they...