Scaling up the flower farm
publication date: Jan 1, 2014
As the demand for local flowers grows and our farm increases its presence in the market, we are working to develop systems and obtain equipment to ease our expansion. In addition to the crop planning and budgeting discussed in 2013 issues of Growing for Market, many important factors have aided our growth; they include methods and equipment for weed control, standardized spacing, developing a system for order flow, heating our tunnels, hiring employees, and expediting the bouquet-making process, to name a few. All of these are important in making our business run more smoothly, and each could be an article of its own. But for this issue, I will focus on equipment and standardization, order flow, and heating tunnels — and how these methods have improved our operation.
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