Our AGM will take place 16th January at 4pm (delayed by an hour to allow more members to travel from the poinsettia meeting in Holbeach see below) at the Stratford Manor Hotel (Stratford Manor, Warwick Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0PY 01789 731173) followed by the annual conference dinner. Directions.
The Spring Conference will be held on 17th January all day at the NFU Conference Centre, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, CV8 2TZ. Full programme here. Book here now
We are delighted that the Spring conference 2018 will be opened by Albert Grimm, head grower/ production manager of Jeffery's greenhouses, Jordan, Ontario. Jeffery's is one of the largest producers of pot and bedding plants in this area and they send their plants across the border into the US, covering the eastern seaboard down to Florida. (This is one of the organisations that the AHDB / BPOA pot plants study tour visited in October).
Albert will speak about the production of plants to supply this competitive market and how they deal with marketing over long distances, vendor managed inventory (VMI) and, in a separate talk, how they manage greenhouse environment to produce top quality plants for their market.
You can read more here http://www.jefferysgreenhouses.com/about-us/
In addition we are going to hear from speakers on a range of topics including Labour supply and management, Xylella, Glasshouse environment management; Testing water for pathogens and variety testing with the RHS.