Taking 2020 trends into the future

2020-11-23T15:15:55-05:00November 23, 2020|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

The AmericanHort webinar was presented by Diane Blazek, executive director of both All America Selections and the National Garden Bureau.
Photo courtesy of Diane Blazek

by Enrico Villamaino

Leading agricultural advocacy association AmericanHort recently released their “Top Performers from All-America Selections Vegetable & Herb Variety Trials.” (more…)

Krueger family keeps it green

2020-11-04T16:20:22-05:00November 4, 2020|Grower Midwest|

Neil Krueger prunes trees for less density while maintaining a desirable shape.
Photo courtesy of Krueger’s Christmas Trees

by Sally Colby

Establishing trees for erosion control was a fairly new concept in 1954, but that’s one of the conservation measures Neil Krueger’s parents undertook on their Stillwater, MN, farm. (more…)

The Christmas flower at Hartman’s Towne and Country Greenhouse

2020-11-04T16:15:59-05:00November 4, 2020|Grower Midwest|

Tom and Diane Hartman of Hartman’s Towne and Country Greenhouse with their new variety, Christmas Wish poinsettia, in mid-October.
Photo by Gail March Yerke

by Gail March Yerke

With over 34 million plants sold last year during the holiday season in the U.S. alone, it’s easy to see why the poinsettia is known as the “Christmas flower.” (more…)

New career for retired military couple

2020-11-04T16:04:08-05:00November 4, 2020|Grower East|

When the Martinezes purchased Willow Pond Farm, it was an established Christmas tree farm and well known in the community. “It was a lot of work to bring the trees back into shape,” Rodney Martinez said.
Photo courtesy of Willow Pond Farm

by Sally Colby

Rodney and Lynn Martinez are new to farming, but not new to hard work. (more…)

Online ticketing a boon for seasonal operation

2020-11-04T15:59:42-05:00November 4, 2020|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Earlier this year, NAFDMA hosted an online roundtable to ask producers how they were preparing for an autumn influenced by COVID-19 restrictions. At the beginning of October, the international agritourism association brought in three different growers to discuss how the harvest season has been going. (more…)