Maumee Valley Growers

MVGA SPONSORS

  • Kim Bunge: Waldo & Associates, Inc.
    Distributers for Greenhouse Production, Nursery and Garden Center Products and Services
    28214 Glenwood Rd, Perrysburg, OH, 43551, 419-666-3662
    [www.waldoinc.com/]
  • Mark Evans: Eason Horticultural, Inc.
    Offering complete selection of Plants & Products for the Professional Grower
    28686 Brockway Dr., Westlake, OH, 44145, 440-670-6311
    [www.ehrnet.com/]
  • Robin Hawkins: Grayhawk Greenhouse Supply
    Supplier/Installer of Greenhouses and Steel Buildings
    11720 Old State Line Rd., Swanton, OH, 43558, 419-825-3355
    [www.grayhawkgreenhousesupply.com/]
  • Charles Krause: USDA-ARS
    Provides Scientific Research, Partnerships and Educational Materials to those interested in agricultural sciences
    1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH, 44691, 330-347-6789
    [www.ars.usda.gov/main/main.htm]
  • Rick Leonard: Leonard's Auction
    734-856-6530, email rleo777@aol.com
    [www.leonards.us/index.html]
  • Kirk Mizerek: Palmer Energy
    Energy Manager for Growers Energy Solutions (GES), a Maumee Valley Growers Association program
    5555 Airport Hwy Suite 101, Toledo, OH, 43615, 419-349-5990
    kmizerek@palmerenergy.com
    [palmerenergy.com/]
  • Beth Scheckelhoff: Extension Educator, Greenhouse Systems
    OSU's Extension Greenhouse Resource addressing a variety of Industry Research needs
    104 E. Washington St., Ste 302 Hahn Ctr, Napoleon, OH, 43545, 419-592-0806
    [www.ohiogreenhouse.wordpress.com]
  • Eric Stalkamp: Berger Horticultural Inc.
    Over 50 years' experience in high quality Growing Media and Technical Services
    2310 Ragan Wood Dr., Toledo, OH, 43614, 419-868-8113
    [www.berger.ca/]
  • David Steiner: Blackmore Company Inc.
    Blackmore seeding, sowing line equipment & Plastic trays, Ellepots & machines, GreenCare fertilizer products (800)874-8660, dsteiner@blackmoreco.com
    [www.blackmoreco.com/]
  • Steve Weihl: Ag Credit
    Lending Support to Rural America with Loans for Farms, Homes and Land
    111 E.Gypsy Lane Rd,. Bowling Green, OH, 43402, 419-352-5178 ext. 1504
    [www.agcredit.net/bowling-green.html]
  • Rick Leonard: Leonard's Auction
    Specialize in helping families expedite the liquidations of their estate due to relocation, loss of a loved one or downsizing.
    734-856-6530, rleo777@aol.com
    [www.leonards.us/index.html]
  • Mike Huggett: American Takii
    We offer a wide range of quality wholesale vegetable and flower seeds
    11845 Hutchins Rd., Litchfield, MI 49252, 517-392-1294, mhuggett@takii.com
    [http://www.takii.com/]
  • Willie Gombash - Berkey Farm Center
    12353 Sylvania-Metamora Rd, Berkey, OH 43504, (419) 244-3521, bcountr191@aol.com
  • Alicia Rittenhouse - OPMGA
    Ohio produce growers and marketers whose goals provide premier innovative educational programs, a legislative presence, and cooperation among members.
    2130 Stella Ct., Ste. 200, Columbus, OH 43215, 1-614-487-1117
    [http://www.opgma.org/]
  • Steve Carver - American Hort
    Horticulture industry's new trade association consolidating the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) and OFA - The Association of Horticulture Professionals.
    2130 Stella Ct., Ste. 200, Columbus, OH, 43215, 1-614-487-1117, scarver@ofa.org
    [http://www.ofa/]
  • Bob Jones, Jr. - Chef's Garden
    Our family farm produces exceptional specialty and heirloom vegetables, herbs, micro greens and edible flowers which top chefs and restaurants throughout the world recognize as the finest quality available.
    9009 Huron-Avery Rd, Huron, OH, 44846, 419-433-4947, bobj@chefs-garden.com
    [http://www.chefs-garden.com/]
  • Jason Fausey - Nufarm
    Nufarm is a major supplier of crop protection products to the agriculture, turf, ornamental, forestry and specialty industries.
    111 W. Co Rd. 173, Fremont, OH, 43420, 410-307-7666, Jason.Fausey@us.nufarm.com
    [http://www.nufarm.com/US/Home]
  • Karen Ranney Wolkins - Toledo Botanical Garden
    Enriching life through gardens, the arts and nature
    5403 Elmer Drive, Toledo, OH, 43615, 419-536-5554, karen.ranneywolkins@toledogarden.org
    [http://www.toledogarden.org]
  • Zak Pernack - Griffin Greenhouse Supplies
    SHS Griffin is a full-service broker who forges partnerships that empower growers to achieve sustainable growth.
    4343 Commerce Ct., Lisle, IL 60532, 810-569-0171, zpernack@griffinmail.com
  • Paul Ackerman, Ackerman Industrial Equipment
    Sales and service of new and used Material Handling equipment
    300 Mill St., PO Box 258, Curtice, OH 43412, 419-836-2100, PJA@ackermanforklift.com
  • John Sutherland, Sungrow Hort.
    Sun Gro is North America's largest producer of horticultural-grade peat and bark-based growing mixes.
    3440 Edgewood Dr., Stow, OH 44224-3943, 330-858-5980, johnsu@sungro.com

Ronald McDonald 2015 "Roundup" Program

Ronald McDonald House Charities

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 perlaky@bex.net. 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:

- Employees Needed
- Equipment/Plant Material Needed or For Sale
- Available CDL Drivers

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

MVGA 2015 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.

Upcoming Meetings

  • MVGA: Board Meeting on Apr 09, Noon at Palmer Energy (Open to all members)
  • There will be a Lake Erie Water Technology Business Summit on March 23rd at the Lake Erie Center in Oregon on Bayshore Road.

    Sponsored by Rep. Kaptur, the afternoon session will focus on Farmers, agribusinesses, landowners and municipalities showcasing nutrient management technologies and resources. Also present will be potential funding agencies along with experts in anaerobic digestion, cover cropping, smart drainage and other innovations.

    Join us as we explore some promising options along with ways to help finance them.

    Please RSVP no later than March 19th to cleveland@sba.gov and indicate in the subject line which session(s) you will attend.

  • Click here for full information.

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).

Annie's Project

Annie's Project

Annie's Project is a program empowering women farmers to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information. The classes will be held at the Anderson's Activities building located at 1833 Holland-Sylvania Rd. in Maumee. Each session begins with a light dinner followed by presentations and discussion.

SAVE THE DATES: (Monday evenings from 5:30 pm - 9 pm). February 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9 and 16.

See attached for more information.

MVGA Annual Meeting

MVGA 2014 Annual Meeting MVGA 2014 Annual Meeting

MVGA recently held its annual meeting at Strawberry Acres Lodge in Holland, Ohio. The minutes from the meeting can be viewed here.

MVGA Awarded First USDA Grant

We are excited to announce that MVGA recently was awarded their first USDA government grant!

It is the first of three grants listed below that were all food related for NW Ohio. Stay tuned for more information regarding the progress of the grant. We will soon be reaching out to those MVGA members who are also involved in food production (in addition to floriculture).

  • $25,000 to Maumee Valley Growers (MVGA) to conduct a feasibility study to evaluate the viability of operating a food hub adjacent to the Farmer's Market in Toledo's central city.
  • $62,747 to WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc., Fremont, OH to increase marketing and support of Northwest Ohio Food Partnership Center, Toledo Farmers' Market.
  • $44,066 to ProMedica Toledo Hospital, Toledo, OH, to increase direct marketing and access to agricultural commodities from local producers to low-income seniors and food desert populations.

Read more about the grants here.

Rep. Kaptur Meets with MVGA Executives

MVGA meets with Rep. Kaptur Representative Marcy Kaptur met with President Tom Wardell and Executive Director Joe Perlaky to discuss current MVGA activities, accomplishments and local industry trends.

Virtual Field Trip: Fitkins Greenhouse/Monroe County

Schools Collaboration

This past Spring, MVGA in collaboration with Monroe County's ISD arranged for a series of instructional videos for their science teachers and students. Owner Mike Schenk of Fitkin's Greenhouse shared his expertise as host on camera.

Click here and see how we take the students on a virtual field trip through Fitkin's Greenhouse in Ottawa Lake, Michigan. Mike explains what a greenhouse is, as well as the characteristics and needs of the plants he carries. The following modules are designed to correspond to Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations standards. The segments are geared mainly for elementary level students.

The teachers and their students will preview these short segments before October 1st. On that date, Tom Smith, Owner of Four Star Greenhouse will be in the studio fielding live questions from the students about our greenhouse industry.

This was a major undertaking for those involved and they are to be commended for all their efforts!

MVGA's 2014 Annual Picnic

MVGA 2014 Annual Picnic

Everyone had a great time at our MVGA potluck picnic last week at the Secor MetroPark on August 28th. Great stories of Jeff and Eileen's trip to Alaska and the cooking of Gene Klotz was second to none!

Self-Guided Tour Features Hoen's, Bostdorff's,

   & North Branch Nursery

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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.

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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.

Contact Joe Perlaky, MVGA Consultant, at 419-356-4847 and email perlaky@bex.net for more information.