The National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture, whose mission is to grow a healthy world through the art, science and business of plants, gardens and landscapes, recently shared a detailed array of resources for growers during its “Doing Business Under Difficult Circumstances: Finding the Resources You Need” webinar. These online resources are listed for you below:
- Regulations and Restrictions for Opening
Nursery and Landscape Association of North America https://www.nlae.org/covid-19/. Features a state by state map of regulation status and association contacts.
Society of American Florists https://safnow.org/covid-19-updates/state-resources/. Features a state by state listing of reopening status including tips for filing exemption.
CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html, with guidance for you and your employees’ safety.
- Social Distancing at Retail
National Retail Federation https://rilastagemedia.blob.core.windows.net/rila-web/rila.web/media/media/pdfs/committee%20documents/coronavirus%20documents/final-reopen-retail-blueprint-rila-nrf.pdf with a blueprint for safe shopping.
Purdue https://www.purduelandscapereport.org/article/green-industry-businesses-share-protocols-to-maximize-the-health-and-safety-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/, featuring a protocol to maximize health and safety.
- Building an Online Order Platform
Ecwid https://www.ecwid.com/blog/how-to-set-up-curbside-pickup-and-local-delivery.html?utm_source=Global+Newsletter&utm_campaign=bb555d2038-Blog_Digest_US_April_18_US&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_22ac545541-bb555d2038-66194706. Helps in setting up curbside and local delivery (even without a website).
- Marketing Resources for Retailers
American Floral Endowment https://endowment.org/afe-update-for-supporters-and-industry-members/, with some great resources and videos to use in your marketing efforts
Garden Media Group (Katie Dubow) https://www.facebook.com/watch/KatieGardenGirl/2508536379461713/. Katie has been doing a video series, showing how we can all still manage to have a little fun.
Dr. Bridget Behe https://www.greenprofit.com/Article/?articleid=24656, providing links to much useful research.
- Additional Resources for Retailers
Green Profit’s Covid-19 Resource Center https://www.greenprofit.com/COVID-19/
NALP Resources for Landscape Professionals https://www.landscapeprofessionals.org//LP/lp/About/Coronavirus.aspx?_zs=VqBCh1&_zl=6e5b6
American Hort’s Retail Resources https://www.americanhort.org/page/Coronavirus#retail
American Hort’s Reopening Resources https://www.americanhort.org/page/Coronavirus#opening
Garden Center Magazine’s Covid-19 Webinar https://www.gardencentermag.com/video/independent-garden-center-coronavirus-sales-marketing/
American Public Gardens Association Resource Page https://www.publicgardens.org/covid-19/resources
Georgia Urban Ag Council Resources Page https://urbanagcouncil.com/coronavirus-industry-updates/
- Crop Holding Resources
Ball Seed https://www.ballseed.com/QuickCulture/ProductionGuides/, customer or not, Ball Seed’s library of production guides offers advice on holding/delaying crops.
Michigan State University https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/holding-greenhouse-crops. Eric Runkle walks you through strategies to keep things ready.
JR Peters Inc. https://bit.ly/fertilizerforholding with fertilizer recommendations for holding.
- Managing Pests and Diseases
Greenhouse Tech Team Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/595797717666084/; connect with your peers and the experts digitally to understand what you’re seeing in your operation.
e-Gro http://www.e-gro.org/; hook up with top technical experts from universities across the country by subscribing to the e-Gro email newsletter.
- Additional Grower Resources
GrowerTalks COVID-19 Resources https://www.growertalks.com/COVID-19/
Emergent Facebook Group for various Horticulture Topics https://www.facebook.com/groups/471693102884875/
Greenhouse Grower’s Coronavirus Live Blogs https://www.greenhousegrower.com/management/coronavirus-and-the-greenhouse-industry-what-we-know-so-far/
American Hort’s Coronavirus Resources (General) https://www.americanhort.org/page/Coronavirus#plants
Developing Guidelines in a Pandemic & Post-COVID Greenhouse World
- Good For Everyone Resources
NICH https://consumerhort.org/plantsdothat/. For now (and later) NICH is working to help create consumer messaging that you can use for your businesses.
Kids Gardening https://kidsgardening.org/educator-resources/, continuing to put out awesome resources for engaging youngsters in the garden.
Seed Your Future https://www.seedyourfuture.org. We will get through this! And we need to remember that as we work through difficult times, we still need to build our industry for the future.
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