Future of Demand for Traditional Green Industry and Agriculture

Dr. Tom Sproul and Dr Charlie Hall in from of plain home and valuable landscaped home

Dr. Tom Sproul and Dr. Charlie Hall with photos of a plain home and a valuable, fully  landscaped home with character and livability

While the US economy declined in the last five years, growth in the Horticulture Industry led all other “Green Industry” sectors. (The term Green Industry includes only chlorophyll-based sectors including man-made landscapes and natural resources). In the past couple of years, the other sectors (Landscaping, Agriculture, Golf, etc.) have caught up as the Horticulture segment matured.

Dr. Charlie Hall, of Texas A & M University, said the Green Industry is “doing more with fewer people.” He is optimistic for the industry’s future. [more]

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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