By The Brothers Greenhouses' Horticulturist, Sam Maupin
It is important to recognize the value of nursery and greenhouse growers in the local food movement. These businesses provide the community with plants needed for growing food. Professional growers also share important experiential knowledge with their communities, and influence the development of local landscapes. Nurseries and garden centers benefit from interest in local food, so should be active in supporting the movement.
Communities would not have such access to plants for home gardening without nurseries and garden centers. Short growing seasons are limiting for growing many of our favorite fruits and vegetable. Greenhouse growers provide plant starts that give home-growers a needed head start at the beginning of the season. Nurseries propagating fruiting plants are fueling the interest in permaculture and food-forests. Garden centers allow everyone access to a variety of plants that keep landscapes healthy and people connected to culture and environment.
The wisdom help by professional growers is important for the success of the gardening community. Experienced growers are the best resource for new and transitional gardeners. Sharing awareness of the possibilities and limitations of the local climate helps others navigate the growing seasons. The inspirational value of this interpersonal communication is not replaceable with internet and literature. Growers who become trusted sources for information inevitably influence the way the community gardens and develops the landscape.
There are many sides to the local food movement, but supporting nurseries and garden centers should be a priority. They provide the plants needed for home gardening, which is at the heart of local food. Growers and retailers should be proud of their place in the local food movement, and support organizations that focus on soil health and help drive interest in positively interacting with the landscape.
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