Chemical-Free From Sow To Sell—A Biocontrols Saga

Date/Time: 
Jan 23 2017 - 1:00pm

The Holy Grail for all growers, farmers, and retailers is to eliminate spray suits, masks, and toxic chemicals. Rules and regulations are becoming more stringent, creating issues in the supply chain. The key part, though, is that CONSUMERS are saying clearly that they want chemical-free, locally grown and even Certified Organic production available---and they want clean plants and chemical-free fresh produce year-round!! Lloyd will show you how Peace Tree Farm does this, and how this provides opportunity for you to set yourself apart from the competition. Lloyd has worked tirelessly to eliminate all chemicals, and has created an ‘ecology of competing organisms’ that results in sustainable and holistic control of pests, while controlling labor and input costs. The result is cleaner and healthier plants. Growers using their starter plants see insect pressure in their growing operations, retail stores, markets and farms go down because of the influx of predators that travel with his plants, and they arrive ready for your own biological program to start without fear of residual toxins or a time lag. Lloyd will take you from cutting to consumer and show you HOW it can be done and HOW it works, WHY you need to be doing this, WHO can help you, and WHAT it can do for you and your customers. Predators, Banker plants, and the RELATIONSHIPS among the Biological Control Agent are covered, as well as steps you can take to start your own program.

Session Track: 
Grower

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Peace Tree Farm LLC

President- Peace Tree Farm LLC. Kintnersville. Pa. USDA Certified Organic Wholesale Growers and Propagators of potted herbs, herb liners,and the Garden Geek brand of unique and quirky plants.
1983-present. Clientele includes Longwood Gardens, Chanticleer, Scott Arboretum, Smithsonian, New York Botanical Garden, other botanical gardens across North America and  locally-owned garden centers across the country. Primary forcing partner for exhibitors—Philadelphia Flower Show.
 
Grower of USDA Certified Organic starter plants for farmers, tunnel growers, greenhouses, and market gardens across North America and provides Garden Geek plant liners to growers and retailer across North America
 
Grower of ‘ready-to-eat’ herbs, vegetables and greens for restaurants and their purveyors across PA-NJ-NY 
 
Regular guest on Martha Stewart
 
Selected as US GROWER OF THE YEAR, 2005
Summa cum laude graduate- Delaware Valley University, 1979
 
Graduate School- Cornell University Department or Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture, completed coursework towards Master of Science degree -August 1981
PRIOR JOB HISTORY:
Assistant to the President-Special Projects. Ball Seed Company-- developed Spark Plug, conducted scheduling research, developed pelleted seed product line, worked with Genesis Seed project, 1981-1983
Member:   AmericanHort, American Begonia Society, Perennial Plant Soc, Garden Writers of       America, DCH Plant Expert, PHS Gold Medal Committee
Penn. Assoc For Sustainable Agriculture, Board of Directors     
Cultivate (AmHort) Education Planning Committee 
AFE Scholarship Committee
             Penn State University—Landisville Advisory Committee
Co-Chair Horticulture, Philadelphia Flower Show
 
Author:  GMPro Magazine, OFA Bulletin, wrote chapters for Ball Red Book on Vegetables and Herbs contributed Herb Chapter to OFA Tips on Growing Bedding Plants (1999), Greenhouse Product News, Greenhouse Grower
 
Cover Features: Greenhouse Grower Magazine, GMPro Magazine, GrowerTalks
 
Speaker: International Floriculture Short Course, Longwood Gardens Professional Gardeners Symposium BPI, Canadian Greenhouse Conf, New England Greenhouse Conference, Southeast Greenhouse Conference (keynote), IGC Show Keynote, Direct Gardening Association, PPA, GWA, Farwest Show, Philadelphia Flower Show,  Hardy Plant Society, many others