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).
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.
MVGA 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).
Rep. Kaptur Meets with MVGA Executives
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
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
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,
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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