March 5, 2014, St. Catharines, Ont. – Well over 100 growers from across
Ontario attended the 21st annual Grower Appreciation Night hosted by
Specialties Robert Legault and Berger Peat Moss.
March 5, 2014, St. Catharines, Ont. – Well over 100 growers from across Ontario attended the 21st annual Grower Appreciation Night hosted by Specialties Robert Legault and Berger Peat Moss.
The day began with an educational forum that included a pair of timely presentations.
Albert Grimm, head grower at nearby Jeffery’s Greenhouses, and industry consultant (and Greenhouse Canada columnist) Melhem Sawaya from Focus Greenhouse Management led a discussion on the topic of “Minimizing Your Mistakes is the Secret for Profitable Greenhouse Operations.”
Mistakes are important learning tools, said Grimm. They clearly illustrate the differences between good and bad crops. Mistakes only hurt when they’re not recognized or acknowledged.
“We make money by repeating what works,” said Grimm, “and by not repeating what doesn’t work.”
He added that a lack of qualified horticulturists is a serious problem and is limiting the expansion of the industry.
Sawaya urged growers to use new products on a small scale first. New varieties should be trialled on a small scale.
“Listen to the more seasoned people in your operation so you an avoid the mistakes they have done,” he said. Each can also be an excellent sounding board.
“And listen to the new people in your operation. They will have a new way of looking at things that you have been looking at for years.”
Following the seminars, guests enjoyed a social hour and later a banquet with the SRL and Berger team. Among special attendees were Julie Daigle and Benoit Corbeil of Berger Peat Moss.
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