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By Paul Tukey
Every decade has a G word connected to it that somehow defines the period forever. Think the groovy ’70s or the greedy ’80s, followed closely by the Gen-X, grungy ’90s. Always fun to revisit in our minds, but of little social consequence after their moments atop our lexicon, the words represent trends that came—and went—in the blink of a marketer’s eye.
This decade’s signature word, I’m guessing, is green. Today’s obsession with everything eco extends from the natural food movement that began in the ’80s and ’90s. If organic food tastes better—and is better for us—then we ought to go more organic in everything, from our homes and cars to our cosmetics and mop supplies.
The eco movement has shifted into high gear at garden centers, where people shop for products that will render their plants and lawns a kinder, gentler green than the tone achieved by potentially toxic chemical fertilizers and pesticides. “Sales of organic lawn and garden products comprise the fastest growing sector of the horticulture industry as a whole,” says Bruce Butterfield, director of research for the National Gardening Association in Vermont. “Ten years ago, the only people who bought organic fertilizers were wearing Birkenstocks. Now, it’s soccer moms with minivans.”
Only three years ago, Butterfield’s research showed just 5 percent of consumers were buying all-organic products, spending about $450 million of the roughly $8.5 billion total for the year. By his conservative estimate that number has already more than doubled to 10 to 12 percent of the market—making organics a billion-dollar industry in lawn and garden.
Still, questions remain for the rest of us: Are the organic products necessary and safer? Do the organic products work? What will they cost? And will they be around a decade from now, or are they yet another fad?
Safe haven for all
Twelve years ago, when I began lecturing about the need for organic lawn and garden care, I would’ve had an easier time drawing sunbathers to a snowy beach than getting people to show up and listen to my talk. Today, more people realize pesticides can cause considerable harm. “Pesticides, including insecticides and herbicides, are intentionally toxic substances,” says John Wargo, PhD, of New Haven, Connecticut, who co-authored the results of a landmark study about children and pesticides published by Environment and Human Health Inc., a nonprofit organization of doctors and scientists from Yale University. “There is broad scientific consensus that children are especially vulnerable to the adverse effects of pesticides. Children’s low body weight and rapidly growing organ systems combine to make them more susceptible to many toxic substances, including pesticides.”
Those same health risks extend to adults, pets, and wildlife, as well as insects and even the tiniest single-celled organisms. “I am very concerned about pets who have access to lawns that are treated with pesticides,” said Diana Post, DVM, a veteri...
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Farwest Show 2013
Dates: 8/22/2013 – 8/24/2013
Oregon Convention CenterPortland
7777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
The Farwest Show offers many opportunities to expand your contact base and reconnect with past customers.Plus - you get to mix business and pleasure when you come to Portland. Known as a foodie's paradise, it is centrally located for short drive to wine country, hiking on Mt. Hood and Oregon's stunning coast line.One of the best values in the industry, the Farwest Show remains committed to providing a lot of marketing opportunity for a lower price tag than many shows.The Farwest Show, held in August, is a premier nursery industry trade show. It's the place industry professionals go to look, see, touch and buy while taking advantage of networking and educational opportunities. Fifty percent of exhibiting companies are wholesale nurseries - more green goods exhibitors than any other show in North America and 31% of attendees are independent garden centers.This show is made up of four distinct branches: nursery tours, seminars, exhibit floor features and exhibits. Nursery tours give buyers an opportunity to go behind the scenes to see world class growing facilities, while seminars offer continuing education to keep up-to-date on retail and production trends. The exhibit floor features include the New Varieties Showcase, New Product Showcase and Garden Center Pavilion.The Farwest Show, now going into its 41st consecutive year, is proudly produced by the Oregon Association of Nurseries. This dynamic organization represents more than 1,300 growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers and other green industry professionals around the world.Not sure if you want to exhibit at or attend the Farwest Show 2013? See the panels below to get the information you need to make an informed decision.