McCorkle Nurseries, a household owned greenhouse and nursery based mostly in Dearing, GA, has been acknowledged for its dedication to sustainable and environmentally accountable rising practices by MPS (More Profitable Sustainability) with an MPS-ABC certificates, one of many first awarded in North America.
This certificates is acknowledged because the worldwide commonplace for sustainability within the flowers and decorative plant business. MPS-ABC gives transparency into the operational sustainability of every firm concerned within the rising technique of a plant. The rankings of every firm on a plant’s journey from seed to retailer could be tracked on at www.followyourflowerorplant.com. The third-party monitoring provides commerce and shopper clients assurance that MPS-ABC licensed merchandise contribute to a higher world.
More than 3,000 growers in 50 international locations take part in MPS-ABC, together with 70 in North America. McCorkle Nurseries has been a pioneer in pursuing this standardized and measurable ranking of sustainability in North America.
“As a family-owned company, we have always been focused on leaving a legacy for our future generations, including a green and healthy earth,” says Skeetter McCorkle, CEO of McCorkle Nurseries. “At McCorkle Nurseries, one of our guiding values is to serve as stewards. It drives our commitment to protect and improve the environment.”
McCorkle Nurseries has systematically improved its environmental stewardship in a variety of methods, together with a plant well being program that depends on cautious monitoring and biocontrols, together with useful bugs, to information and scale back the necessity for chemical substances. As of 2019, all vegetation raised on web site are grown with out neonicotinoids in accordance with beneficial administration practices for pollinator security.
Additionally, McCorkle Nurseries makes use of water reclamation ponds for the vast majority of the 4 million gallons of water required every day through the peak rising season, and conducts recycling and composting applications on web site to cut back and reuse waste supplies. In February 2019, Acting US. EPA Director Andrew Wheeler selected McCorkle Nurseries as the location to announce a number of Federal measures, together with proposed reform, funding, and coverage affecting water use, infrastructure, and high quality throughout the nation.
McCorkle Nurseries additionally helps innovation and breeding developments that scale back the necessity for chemical substances to develop wholesome vegetation, each in its personal operations and in shoppers’ properties. The firm’s product combine, together with the Gardener’s Confidence Collection, focuses on domestically tailored, disease-resistant vegetation that assist owners create “A Garden You Can Count On.” Through the Center for Applied Nursery Research (CANR.org), McCorkle Nurseries additionally sponsors analysis for new techniques for addressing pests and ailments, together with non-chemical biocontrols, and growth of resistant plant varieties.