The Center for Family Business at the University of New Hampshire recently named Pleasant View Gardens , Loudon, N.H., as the 2010 Family Business of the Year.
In 1976, Jonathan and Eleanor Huntington, and sons Jeff and Henry, purchased Pleasant View Gardens, a wholesale greenhouse company. Back then, the facility consisted of three greenhouses and 10 employees.
Pleasant View now has two facilities in New Hampshire with 13 acres of greenhouses, 15 acres of outdoor growing space. Pleasant View Gardens is one of the founding partners of Proven Winners. They are also a partner in Ticoplant, an offshore stock facility in Costa Rica, and Plant 21, a breeder of new plant genetics.
Today, Pleasant View is owned and operated by Jeff and Henry, and a third generation (Jeff and Henry’s five sons) has begun to fill the ranks of the Huntington family business.
Last year, the Huntingtons established a scholarship fund for students in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture and the Thompson School of Applied Science who are studying plant science, horticulture and related subjects, or applied business management.
"We wanted to give back to the university, but we're also preparing for the future. We need to be able to find good people for our team and for our industry in general,” Jeff Huntington said.
“The life, history, and achievements of the Huntington family tell a remarkable story of how hard work, dedication, and family unity can establish a thriving business,” said Barbara Draper, director of the UNH Center for Family Business.
Three generations of the Huntington family have graduated from the University of New Hampshire.