Sustainable Production Resources for Container Plant Nurseries

Gary Knox, Alex Bolques, Matthew Chappell, Linda Landrum

Abstract


Sustainable production practices are methods that conserve or reduce natural resources needed to produce a crop. A team from the University of Georgia, Florida A&M University, and University of Florida compiled and developed resources for Extension faculty to help move the container nursery industry towards sustainability. An advisory committee of existing nursery producers assisted in developing and revising resources and curriculum to result in effective, “real-world” tools for county Extension faculty and their clientele. Sustainable production topics include reducing the levels of chemical fertilizers and pesticides; managing insects, diseases, and weeds by utilizing an integrated pest management approach; reducing, reusing, or recycling materials and supplies; increasing production efficiency; and using conservation practices aimed at reducing water consumption, managing runoff, and controlling erosion. Resources for Extension faculty include a website, publications, PowerPoint presentations and a series of short videos illustrating sustainable practices filmed at selective nursery operation site visits in Florida and Georgia. The long-term goal of this project is to enhance the environmental sustainability of nursery production while maintaining economic sustainability.


Keywords


best management practices, sustainability, nursery production, IPM

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283