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Nova Scotia losing greenhouse space, says StatCan


May 7, 2019
By Maan Alhmidi The Chronicle Herald

The total sales and resales of flowers and plants grown in Nova Scotia greenhouses are down by 25.5 per cent over the last three years, an analysis of Statistics Canada data reveals.

Greenhouse farmers are competing with the big-box stores including Walmart, Sobeys and Canadian Tire. These giants sell a diverse collection of greenhouse products at low prices, and they provide high-quality customer service, said Daina Budde, the owner of Waterville’s Glad Gardens Greenhouses.

While estimates show that Nova Scotia’s total greenhouse-grown vegetable sales increased slightly by 1.64 per cent during the same three-year period, the province is losing greenhouse space.

“When we look at greenhouse vegetables sales, the share calculated on total greenhouse products sales in Nova Scotia is showing a strong change in shares from 26.4 per cent in 2012 to 40.8 per cent in 2018,” said StatCan analyst Serge DesRoches. “Maybe there are good opportunities to sell greenhouse vegetables compare to ornamental products?” | READ MORE