“This space will increase our capacity and allow us to add new varieties while increasing availability on current varieties,” says general manager Josiah Raymer.
View the embedded image gallery online at:Improvements to the Florida Panhandle growing space will deliver in increased energy efficiency, reduced labour and increased flexibility in growing conditions for different crops.
Completed in early 2016, the new Atlas gutter-connected double-poly range is 36,864 square feet, bringing Emerald Coast Growers’ total growing area under cover to more than 500,000 sq.ft., in addition to over 75,000 sq.ft. of outside space.
TENDER GRASS PRODUCTION
The new facility will be used primarily for tender grass production such as Rubrum and holds more than 19,000 trays.
“As is the case with all of our greenhouse in Florida, we utilize natural ventilation to deal with heat load for a large part of the year while using poly tops exclusively for covering to facilitate removal when necessary as part of our hurricane preparation plan,” says Raymer.
It is equipped with separate interval mist and irrigation systems throughout; LED lighting, which draws approximately 10 per cent of the power when compared to HPS lighting of similar light intensity; and Hired Hand propane heaters installed as two separate systems for redundancy in case of failure.
Emerald Coast Growers is proud to celebrate 25 years of success in the horticulture business.
Known for their wide variety of perennial starter plants and specialty plants, Emerald Coast Growers still maintains the distinction of being one of the industry’s largest suppliers of ornamental grass liners to North American growers and retailers.
With more than 500,000 sq.ft. of greenhouse space, 100 acres of farmland and growing locations in both the northeast and southeast, Emerald Coast Growers consistently supplies top quality starter plants to growers throughout North America.
ECG starters are available by common carrier, grower truck, or customer pickup in Florida or Pennsylvania.
For more information, visit www.ecgrowers.com