|November 4, 2016||Posted by Issac Morgan under Agriculture, Business, Education, Events, FAPC, Farms, Food, Gardening, Green, Horticulture, Kids, Marketing, News, Produce|
People travel to Florida from all corners of the world to experience fun in the sun at one of its sandy beaches, and to explore its rich culinary scene! Fresh From Florida has the inside scoop on fine dining and delicious recipes offered on its website, featuring a variety of Florida commodities that are available […] continue reading
|August 1, 2016||Posted by Issac Morgan under Agriculture, Cooking, Education, Farms, Food, Gardening, Healthy Eating, Horticulture, In Stores, Marketing, Nutrition, Produce, Recipes|
Thanks to Florida’s tropical climate, consumers are able to enjoy a bounty of fresh, home-grown produce in grocery stores and local markets! Of course, the Florida orange is the king of fruits, as it is a well-known, special component of the citrus family. According to Visit Florida, citrus boasts a $9 billion industry, employing nearly […] continue reading
|July 17, 2015||Posted by Arlette under Education, Events, Gardening, Green, Healthy Eating, Horticulture, Kids, Nutrition, Produce, Uncategorized|
It seems as if everyone is going green these days. Home builders are building green homes, apartment dwellers are planting gardens on rooftops. We’re saving our rainwater, composting our garbage and using natural fibers for our clothes. There are hundreds of ways we can all save energy, and use our current resources more efficiently. And […] continue reading
|April 3, 2015||Posted by Melissa under Business, Events, Gardening, Horticulture|
Native Gardens Nursery, located at 1660 County Road 13A S in Elkton (just west of St. Augustine), is hosting an open house on April 10 and 11 to showcase the beautiful plants it produces. According to the nursery’s own Master Gardener Renee Stambaugh, the timing is perfect to focus on native Florida blueberries, noting “For a beautiful spring […] continue reading
|September 19, 2013||Posted by Melissa under Events, Horticulture|
If you’re planning on attending Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association’s The Landscape Show in Orlando today through Saturday, please stop by the “Fresh From Florida” island (booth #573) to meet Florida Agricultural Promotional Campaign members Bernardo Alzate Nursery, Brite Leaf Citrus Nursery, and NGM Productions. These “Fresh From Florida” companies will be displaying their […] continue reading
|December 13, 2012||Posted by Marisol under Events, Horticulture, News|
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam H. Putnam continued the tradition to present Florida-grown Christmas trees to the Governor and Cabinet Members on behalf of the Florida Christmas Tree Association. On Tuesday, Franco and Sigrid Camacho from Bavarian Christmas Tree Farm in Tallahassee presented fresh cut Red Cedar trees to Governor Rick Scott, Chief Financial Officer Jeff […] continue reading
|November 2, 2012||Posted by Marisol under Agriculture, Horticulture|
In August, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services hosted Florida companies at the Floriade Trade Mission in Venlo, Netherlands. The mission, sponsored by the Southern U.S. Trade Association, was comprehensive and gave the participants the opportunity to experience firsthand the components of the Dutch horticulture trade by visiting the Aalsmeer Auction, the phytosanitary agency […] continue reading
In August, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services hosted Florida companies at the Floriade Trade Mission in Venlo, Netherlands. The mission, sponsored by the Southern U.S. Trade Association, was comprehensive and gave the participants the opportunity to experience firsthand the components of the Dutch horticulture trade by visiting the Aalsmeer Auction, the phytosanitary agency Naktuinbouw, the Rotterdam Port, by conducting trade meetings at Dutch nurseries and the Plantarium show, and exploring the Floriade exhibition, which takes place every 10 years.
Dutch horticulture growers are best known for their production of top quality plant materials. Their affordable energy resources such as natural gas and their investment in new technologies like climate and light controlled greenhouses, mechanized plant production, geothermal and dripping irrigation systems, custom packaging, and distribution positions them as leaders in the horticulture trade industry around the world.
According to the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Dutch horticulture imports were valued at as much as 8.2 billion euros in 2010. If you wonder how all this relates to Florida’s horticulture business, “Euromonitor International” records reflect more than 12 million dollars in Florida foliage, live plants, tubers and bulbs exports to Holland in 2011. Also, Dutch plant masters own or manage plant production operations in Florida, and Dutch horticulture entrepreneurs visit trade shows like TPIE to develop business relationships.
During our visit we learned that the Dutch local market is the main client because they value gardening so much. Regarding import procedures, the primary phytosanitary restriction is that plant materials cannot be sent on foreign soil growing mediums (defined as a mixture of clay and sand) or plant materials grown on pine bark because is believed to have the potential to be a habitat for beetles. However, plant materials can be shipped on peat or coco moss. There’s a 13 percent import tax for U.S. plant exports to the E.U. For information about European certifications available for your business please visit:
Our intention is to help Florida horticulture businesses engage in international exports. If you would like to be part of this “Florida-Holland Horticulture Affair,” feel free to contact me at Marisol.Alvares@FreshFromFlorida.com.