Dave Harrison

Dave Harrison

Monday, 28 January 2008
“If you want to do something to draw attention to your garden centre, you have to do something spectacular. Small changes or improvements aren’t enough.”

Monday, 28 January 2008
While gutter heights of new greenhouses are continuing to rise, this remains a low-profile industry within Canadian business circles. There are the occasional greenhouse business stories in local papers and TV and radio stations, but not a lot of human interest or technology/science reporting.
Monday, 28 January 2008
Coalition wants to sow seeds for consumer market growth
Monday, 28 January 2008
Previewing the Alberta, Saskatchewan and Maritimes trade shows and conferences. Leading speakers, displays of the latest technologies and newest varieties, and a chance to meet old friends, among the highlights.

Monday, 28 January 2008
Here’s some food for thought. A recent UCLA/Louisiana State University study of dietary data on more than 17,500 people found that consumption of salads and raw vegetables correlates with higher concentrations of folic acid, vitamins C and E, lycopene and alpha and beta carotene in the bloodstream.
Friday, 25 January 2008
‘People, plants and pride … growing together.’ It’s hard to imagine a better national plant promotion program than Communities In Bloom. The industry would do well to back this winner.
Thursday, 24 January 2008
It was another award-winning year for a number of participants in this year’s Canadian Greenhouse Conference. And for four delegates, it was an especially profitable experience. About 2,400 people attended this year’s show, again held at the Toronto International Centre. The pre-conference bus tours – one flower, one vegetable – were sold out, with waiting lists for both.
Thursday, 24 January 2008
Some 350 growers enjoyed a preview of some of next year’s top garden performers at Idea Day 2006. The daylong event was co-sponsored by JVK and Sobkowich Greenhouses. Considerable note- and picture-taking were the order of the day, as the varieties were studied in great detail.

Thursday, 24 January 2008
P. Ravensbergen & Sons (and grandsons) marked the milestone in style with an open house that attracted guests from as far away as the Netherlands. “I am sure my grandparents couldn’t have envisioned what the business would look like today after 50 years.”
Thursday, 24 January 2008
Invariably when I’m talking with a grower and asking about the keys to the success of their business, the contribution of their employees is front and centre. But the growing challenge of late has been in finding, and more importantly, keeping good employees. That’s where managing SMART and managing FAST comes in.

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