What's the future of the big box merchandiser? It has so much to do with the future of the greenhouse grower.
Are more small-sized growers contract growing than I think? Exactly 50 percent of respondents to our Top 100 Growers Survey said they use contract growers. So there must be quite a few of them out there. Will we keep seeing a decline in the number of medium- to small-sized growers or will contracting pick up? And where do big and small growers meet to get their businesses to work together.
At OFA Short Course, I heard a little about Maumee Valley Growers, an association "committed to sustaining and growing the greenhouse industry in northwest Ohio." Here's their logo.
They've got an energy purchasing program. So are small growers in as much trouble as everyone says they are?