Greenhouse operations are heavily dependent on irrigation water. In many cases, municipal water is very expensive and contains Chlorine and other chemicals which is not beneficial to the crops. In the summer time, the municipal water can also be too warm for some crops affecting plants to wilt or cause deceases from warm water in the root zone.
We are fortunate to be on our own well system that provides us with great pressure, fantastic tasting, clear, unchlorinated water. We prefer to hand water our plants versus employing a mechanized watering system. We find that we waste much less water through run-off and are able to provide more personalized attention to our plants.
We employ the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra wherever we can and whenever possible. Used poly from our greenhouses is used to insulate outbuildings, pots can be reused using a homemade bleach cleanser, we reuse trays that our plugs come in to plant our seeds, and all of our cardboard is recycled.
We use high efficiency Viessmann boilers on Natural Gas to heat our greenhouses. We service them annually to ensure that they are operating at optimum performance. These boilers operate at a 97-98% efficiency rating.
We seed a number of our plants ourselves, but it is not always cost effective to do so depending on the finish time of the plant. When we don’t do it ourselves, we look for options that will bring the cuttings and plugs to us using the most direct route possible, in order to reduce emissions caused by transportation.
When we send trucks for delivery, we plan our routes so that we are delivering full cube vans of inventory, and when orders don’t require full trucks, we use a trailer towed behind a half-tonne truck in order to reduce emissions.