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Proven Profits October 2013

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Proven Profits

Four Star University was a Success

Four Star UniversityGrowers from around the country gathered at Four Star for an educational event designed exclusively for hands-on growers.

"Attending Four Star University was a positive opportunity to learn from Four Star and meet other growers from greenhouse operations across the country," said Jeff Mayer of C K Greenhouses, regarding the first annual Four Star University, held this September at the Carleton, MI headquarters. Growers travelled from all over the country for this grower-to-grower event. Some came from as far away as Montana and Maine for the one-day event at our Indian Trails facility.

Dennis Crum, Director of Growing, commented, "It was nice for the first year to have so many attendees, and such a broad range of customers. We had everyone from small growers to big growers, all here with the same goal — to learn how to be better growers."

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Best Practices

4 Ways to Keep
Training on Track

Consistency is the key to smooth production, and a regular program of training helps make sure our growers continue to produce high quality crops.

Four Star uses a combination of methods to train new growing team employees and also help experienced staff keep updated, while practicing good growing techniques. It's important to develop training to make sure production and crops are consistent. In a given year, Four Star will produce upwards of 110,000 Grande™ trays, 100,000+ hanging baskets, and thousands more trays of small containers, large containers, perennials and ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs. So our training needs to be comprehensive, regular, and consistent. Here are a few of the more successful methods we use.

Training

1. Learn from staff experience

New employees 'shadow' the experienced team to learn the plant care protocols, observe watering techniques, and understand the Four Star approach to growing. The experienced staff share "do's and don'ts," as well as their individual tricks of the trade. The shadow program continues for the first few weeks, until new employees are well acquainted with routines.

2. Keep it in writing

Another useful program has been the development of a printed "growers' protocol" booklet, which is given to all growers ...

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Product Spotlight

Choose the Right Size Liner for Small Containers

There's a perfect size for each of your small container needs.

Liners

With so many different liner sizes available, finding the right liner for each of your needs can be overwhelming. However, the selection process doesn't have to be complicated. Our Product Line Managers recommend asking yourself three simple questions to narrow down the field and find which option is best for you.

Question 1: Is the liner available as a Supernova® liner?
We always recommend and use Supernova liners for small container production, when available. A selection of our plants benefit from the exclusive Supernova treatment process that is responsible for bud-initiation and increased branching.

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