New England Environmental Horticulture Economic Impact Survey--2006
New England's green goods industry is big...but how big? All involved with this industry helped answer that question by completing and returning the survey that was mailed fall 2005 to about half the industry.. The New England Nursery Association (NENA), working with state associations, is eager to assess the size of the entire industry--nursery and greenhouse production, tree care, landscape design/installation/maintenance, florists, and garden center sales.
Industry information is critical for decision-making by state legislators, state departments of labor, guidance counselors, students, and others seeking to enter the industry, and industry members looking toward the future.
Funding of this survey by New England Nursery Association (NENA), New England Grows, and regional state associations will enable an assessment of the industry's size.
The green goods industry of New England survey was conducted by Dr. Leonard Perry, Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont, and Dr. Lois Berg Stack, University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Dr. Perry's experience includes an in-depth survey of Vermont's green industry and Dr. Stack brings an extensive background in survey techniques. This survey was an update of a previous reports published in 2000 and 2003.
This New England survey is unique in its effort to characterize the Service end of the industry in addition to production, for the entire region. The survey also gathered information on types and seasonality of employees, starting wages, the potential and need for more employees, and out-of-state sales of products. Data is available for each state, as well as for the region as a whole. A final product consisting of 16 page 4-color report premiered at New England Grows in February 2006, with data for the region as a whole, as well as the six individual states of New England.
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