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Soaring Food Prices
These are just a few of the many reasons why the home vegetable garden is making a comeback in a big way. If you own a small nursery or garden shop, the PGTA can help you grow your business, all year long, while significantly minimizing seasonal sales fluctuations.
Sales of vegetable seeds and plants for the 2009-2010 season were up by 40 percent over the previous year, an unheard of one year growth rate for any segment of the $40 billion annual lawn and garden market. Why? Because the rise in energy prices is not only affecting fuel prices, but virtually every consumer product including food. Obviously, one of the easiest ways to provide a hedge against rising food prices is to grow your own.
Of course, other factors are driving this growth, including continuing reports of contaminated vegetables, growing concern for the environment, and even supplementing the family income with small market farms and gardens.
The Progressive Gardening Trade Association has been on the forefront of these issues for over a decade, providing information on progressive home gardening techniques that include organics, hydroponics, drip irrigation, container and other eco-friendly, water-wise plant growth and food production solutions.
Why the PGTA?
One of the most prevalent impediments to the successful application of progressive gardening technologies is the lack of accurate and reliable information available to the consumer.
Low paid employees at big box stores and discount centers generally don't have the expertise nor experience necessary to successfully guide the customer.
The PGTA provides the help you need to successfully help your customers grow healthy food, aromatic herbs, and fantastic flowers, right in their homes or yards, with methods that are safe, responsible and eco-friendly.
For more information on how the PGTA can benefit your business and community, see our membership information page.
PGTA Member Technaflora Offers Sponsorship
for 50 New PGTA Members
Technaflora Plant Products has pledged to sponsor membership dues for 50 Hydro Retailers who have not previously been members of the Progressive Gardening Trade Association and has challenged other manufacturers and distributor members to do the same. If you are a retailer, and have never joined the PGTA, get in touch with Technaflora at this link to take full advantage of this unprecedented offer.
United we stand!
2012 PGTA 15th Annual Meeting
Our thanks go out to everyone who participated at our 15th Annual Meeting this year at the MGM Grand Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Progressive Gardening Trade Association works with many organizations to further the use of progressive gardening techniques in classrooms of all grade levels. For the past several years, we have worked in conjunction with the National Gardening Association, The Grow Store in Colorado and numerous product manufacturers to provide indoor hydroponic gardening grant packages to elementary, middle and high schools.
These packages provide eligible schools with the equipment and expertise that encourage students to explore how plants grow in hydroponics, without soil, which provides real world experience for subjects including biology, mathematics, science, and many others. We hope that you will encourage your customers to make their childrens schools aware of this exciting program and offer them the opportunity to participate.
We are excited to announce that we will be revamping the entire Hooked On Hydroponics Grant Program for future years.
We are also excited to announce the formation of the Professional Hydroponics Education Council (PHEC), which will bring standardized curriculum and certification programs to those interested in higher education programs emerging as a result of the emerging Hydroponics and Environmentally Controlled Agriculture (HECA) industries. Again, check back for further details.
Annual Media Awards Program
Our thanks goes out to all participants in the 2012 Annual Media Awards Program. The purpose of the program is to recognize PGTA member efforts to create superior advertising, writing, websites and other projects and materials aimed at promoting the image and encouraging the use of earth-friendly, water-wise and organic gardening principles.
Click here to see the winners for the 2011 PGTA Media Awards as well the winning entries from 2008, 2009, and 2010! Winners of the 2012 PGTA Media Awards will be posted soon!
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