Planting the seeds to Grow Appalachia

2019-02-08T16:47:12-05:00February 8, 2019|Grower Midwest|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Berea, KY, population 15,000, sits right in the middle of the Bluegrass State. It is home to both an organization called Fahe and Grow Appalachia, a program run through Berea College. The two groups have similar missions because they are fighting the same fight – they are trying to rebuild one of the poorest regions of America.

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Different by design

2019-02-08T16:33:42-05:00February 8, 2019|Grower Midwest|

by Sally Colby

When Ben and Amy Lindner started growing vegetables and plants in an area already populated with numerous greenhouses, they knew they had to distinguish themselves in order to be successful. The couple established Tender Shoots Gardens and Greenhouse on Ben’s parents’ former dairy farm in Greenwood, WI.

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Groth’s Gardens serves a niche market

2019-02-08T15:47:40-05:00February 8, 2019|Grower Midwest|

by Greg Hitchcock

Step along the streets of Winterset, Iowa, and many people will notice the beautiful hanging baskets of pink petunias along the sidewalks coloring the haze of a bright spring day. The hanging baskets are the product of Groth’s Gardens and Greenhouses, a Winterset gardening business owned by the Groths.

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Orchard Insights: Sustaining the orchard in changing times

2018-12-13T09:50:50-05:00December 13, 2018|Grower Midwest|

Consumers are demanding food grown without the use of chemical sprays. Pollinators are declining, with pesticide use being one culprit. Climate changes are causing changes in pest pressures while altering precipitation and temperature patterns. By necessity, tree fruit growers are finding new ways to adapt to the conditions – social, cultural and environmental – which are changing the way the orchard grows. (more…)

Hiring for holiday help

2018-12-13T09:35:49-05:00December 13, 2018|Grower Midwest|

by Courtney Llewellyn

There are two main seasons for “seasonal” work – the school break during the summer months, and the month or two leading up to the traditional holiday season. Efficient, qualified workers can be hard to find during both seasons if employers don’t know what to look for – or when to look for them. (more…)