Grower Day preview: The seven habits of successful growers
By Dave Harrison
June 1, 2017, St. Catharines, Ont. – Pre-registration has been strong and the momentum is growing for this year’s Greenhouse Canada Grower Day (June 21).
“The seven habits of successful growers” theme is tackling a variety of topics, ranging from crop lighting and water treatment, to labour management and automation. Other talks will look at the ingredients of a successful family business, the importance of long-range planning, and the keys to marketing to millenials.
Pre-registration is encouraged to avoid lineups at the door. (But walk-ins are always welcome!)
THE SESSIONS AT A GLANCE
Where Do We Stand with LED Crop Lighting (Dr. Chevonne Carlow, OMAFRA greenhouse floriculture specialist). What is the latest on LED crop lighting? This session will look at their performance and economics so you can decide on the right time to adopt this technology.
The Future of Greenhouse Labour (Albert Grimm, of Jeffery’s Greenhouses of St. Catharines, Ont.). Have you planned to meet your future labour needs? How do we keep the employees we now have and how do we prepare for the next generation?
Water Treatment Systems (Shalin Khosla, OMAFRA greenhouse vegetable specialist). There are so many treatment systems for water quality? How does each of them work, and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
Ingredients of a Successful Farm Business (Jim Meyers, of Meyers Fruit Farms and Greenhouses of Niagara-on-the-Lake). Making a family business work and be successful includes good organizational planning, specific responsibilities, enthusiastic teamwork and positive attitudes all around. Family businesses need to be continuously on the lookout for new opportunities – and never become stagnant.
Marketing to Millenials (Will Heeman, of Heeman Greenhouses and Strawberry Farm of Thorndale, Ont.). Will Heeman is an award-winning garden centre manager with many great ideas to share on marketing to millenials. He is a millennial who will show you there is hope in attracting the new generation, leading to higher sales and greater brand loyalty.
Mechanization and Effective Efficiencies (Chris Newhouse, of Waldan Gardens of Wainfleet, Ont.). Labour efficiencies and product quality are the backbone of a thriving business. Mechanization is the most important factor in improving both labour efficiencies and product quality.
Which Greenhouse Operations Will Thrive in the Year 2025 (Melhem Sawaya, of Focus Greenhouse Management of Simcoe, Ont.). Most greenhouse owners and operators are very good in planning for next year, but what about planning for five or 10 years down the road? Here is what you need to consider now so your business will thrive later!
Grower Day also includes a mini trade show of leading industry suppliers, offering a timely one-stop shopping opportunity. In addition, considerable time has been set aside for networking with industry specialists and other growers.