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Nursery and Landscape
The nursery and landscape industry is strong in Indiana. A growth rate of around 7% per year over the last 5 years has the various landscape and nursery firms in good shape. Profitability of nursery and landscape enterprises remains good but strongly seasonal. Their success is fueled by a healthy economy, new home starts, and corporate expansion. Continued decline in the national and state economy could lead to some downturns, but most businesses are optimistic for a good year in 2003 and the next few years. Currently there are about 500 certified nurseries and over 3700 licensed nursery stock dealers in Indiana.
Fruit crops are grown on over 5,000 acres in Indiana producing crops worth about $20 million annually. Major crops include apples, peaches, blueberries and grapes. Most fruit crops are marketed directly to the consumer through farm stands and farmers's markets. Exceptions are blueberries and wine grapes. Wine grapes are sold mostly to local wineries on a contract basis. Over 50% of Indiana's blueberry crop is marketed through Michigan Blueberry Grower's Cooperative (MBG Marketing) and the rest are sold locally.
Vegetables, melons and potatoes valued over $115 million are grown on approximately 35,000 acres in Indiana. Major crops include tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupes, sweet corn, potatoes, cucumbers, snap beans and pumpkins. Fresh and processing tomatoes, snap beans, and pumpkins have increased in acreage since 1997 while potatoes and cucumbers for processing have declined. Dozens of other vegetables are grown in smaller quantities. Crops are marketed to wholesale buyers, grocery stores, restaurants, and direct to consumers at farm stands and farmers' markets.
Farmer clientele may be divided into three groups: 1) those with smaller acreages, more likely to be direct-marketing and who grow either a wide variety of crops, or concentrate on 'Halloween crops' like pumpkins and gourds; 2) those farming larger acreages and wholesaling fresh market vegetables; and 3) those farming larger acreages and growing on contract for processors. The processing industry itself is another client. County-based extension staff form another group of clients. Outside of Indiana, clientele include growers, extension staff and others who contact us for information, attend educational events for take advantage of resources and expertise for local events and meetings.
Organisations / Institutes:
Consumer Horticulture Extension
Purdue Agricultural Centers
Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
Master Gardener Program
Plant & Pest Diagnostic Laboratory
Center for New Crops & Plant Products
Office of the Commissioner of Agriculture
Indiana Agricultural Statistics Service
Indianapolis Museum of Art & Oldfields Estate
Garfield Park conservatory
Taltree Arboretum and Gardens
White River Gardens