Food Hub Grant: MVGA in the News
The Food Hub grant concluded this past Tuesday. Much was discovered with plenty of interest communitywide. Thanks the MVGA Board and Business Committee for pursuing this grant. It provides a wealth of information for food hub participants in NW Ohio to consider. A special shout-out to Jeff Creque (Creque's Greenhouse), Jim Bloom (Sustainable Local Foods), Karrie Carte (WSOS) and members of the Farmer's Market for being so helpful. MVGA will review the findings and will offer next step recommendations after the flower season concludes in the summer.
Tom Creque, Wade Smith, and Joe Perlaky were interviewed by Channel 13 regarding the findings. View the interview here.
Ronald McDonald 2015 "Roundup" Program
MVGA will partner with the Ronald McDonald House Charities for a "Roundup" program in May!
To help celebrate the building of the new Ronald McDonald House, MVGA retailers that wish to participate are encouraged to ask their customers on Tuesday May 12th through Sunday May 17th if they would like to “Round up” their change to the next dollar and contribute to this valuable program. (Some of you actually extended that duration which is fine.)
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio is a children's charity that focuses on helping families accessing medical care for their children, as well as helping to enrich the lives of healthy children. Families can stay as long as their children are receiving specialized medical care. And, they can return as often as necessary for follow-up care.
Built in 1906 as a farmhouse on Monroe Street near the entrance of Toledo Hospital, the structure operated as a funeral home from 1940 until Ronald McDonald House opened its doors. The building has undergone several expansions to reach its present 8,000 square feet.
The new building will be completed this summer. The planned 38,000-square-foot house will double the amount of space for families from 14 to 28 rooms. For more information on the new facility click here. They have raised $7.5M to date!
As usual, this opportunity is optional. If your greenhouse and garden center would like to participate in the program, please let us know by contacting Joe Perlaky at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be happy to answer any questions you might have and include your facility as part of the promotion.
More details to follow.
MVGA Greenhouse Industry Opportunites
MVGA wants to assist growers by sharing different needs throughout the year. We've established three categories:
Review the Greenhouse Opportunities page to see what's currently available, such as equipment at Schmidt Brothers, plants available and needed at Schmidlin and Waldo, and help wanted at Whiteford Greenhouse.
USDA-ARS Stakeholder Meeting
The Greenhouse Production Research Group, USDA-ARS, Application Technology Research Unit (ATRU) held a Stakeholder Conference on Wednesday, March 11th at the Toledo Botanical Garden (TBG). The purpose of the meeting was to review recent and ongoing research activities at the University of Toledo, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, in Wooster, and at TBG. Scientists presented their research to nearly 30 in attendance.
MVGA 2015 Winter Conference
Our Winter Workshop was recently held at the Erie Street Market followed by a captivating tour provided by Jim Bloom, owner of Sustainable Foods who operated his hydroponic facility there. Challenging the 0 degree weather, nearly 40 attendees were provided a status update of the 2015 MVGA Food Hub grant, insight to driver/vehicle record keeping and a greenhouse certification credit on pest control management.
Go to the MVGA Meetings page to view the documents from the Winter Conference (click the "2015" tab).
Maumee Valley Grower Specials
Maumee Valley Growers is an industry-based association committed to working together to strengthen our local greenhouse industry. The industry includes more than fifty individual Maumee Valley growers, alike in offering top-quality local plants but distinct in location, product mix, and focus. Learn more about what you can find at these individual locations by visiting our specials page.
About the Maumee Valley Growers
Maumee Valley Growers
(MVGA) is an industry-based agriculture producer group committed to working together to strengthen our local greenhouse industry. The industry includes more than seventy individual growers, alike in offering top-quality local plants but distinct in location, product mix, and focus. MVGA is committed to sustaining and growing the local economy. Through a collaborative process of sharing resources and knowledge, we identify solutions to commonly shared problems.
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