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Re: sales


Betsy,
There was an article in our paper last week about a grower in the East who
has a HD contract.  He signs up local farmers and runs the arangement like a
chicken hatchery.  He had at least 18 farmers working for him - most had
been chicken or tobacco farmers.  They buy their seedlings from him and grow
them on to his specs and then are paid for the trays they return.  The
article talked about one chiken farmer who had had trouble making ends meet
and at 70 years old he changed over to HD flowers.  He paid off his
investment a yr early - after 4 years.  He said his chicken enterprise cost
the same $ and took 15 yrs to pay off and he was lucky to break even.  Now
he has a better business to pass on to his sons.

Kitty

----- Original Message -----
From: "Betsy Kelson" <bkelson@ix.netcom.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2003 3:28 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] sales


> Fran,
>     There is a HD not far from my garden center whose garden dept is run
by
> a friend of mine. She is very concerned about her stock and does a great
job
> of keeoing things in order. And that is the exception. There had been some
> rumors that HD was not going to pay their suppliers for their plants
unless
> the SKU was run through the registrers. So I guess if a rack of plants
went
> unwaterd by some inconsiderate employee, that grower did not get paid. I
can
> not imagine that the plant suppliers would agree to that, but I guess if
you
> are lucky enough to get an HD plant contract, maybe the loss is small
> compared to the gain. The HD in my area at least gets a lot of their
nursery
> stock from Hines NUrsery out of CA and OR. That is a big national grower.
>
> Betsy
> Evergreen Co
> It's trying to rain. They say we are in the monsoon season but I havent
seen
> it.
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "fm4re" <fm4re@swbell.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2003 1:33 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] sales
>
>
> > I guess that I'm lucky that my local Home Depot is pretty good about
their
> > garden section.  This year, they had quarts of perennials for 1.59 and I
> > went nuts!  Also allowed me to experiment with some penstemmon and
> veronica.
> > Was able to stock up on hens and chicks for the strip along my entry
> > sidewalk.  BUT my heucheras are doing beautifully!  Finally a plant for
> > those partially shaded areas that seems to make it in this heat.
> >
> > Fran, OKC
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Donna " <justme@prairieinet.net>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2003 10:37 PM
> > Subject: RE: [CHAT] sales
> >
> >
> > I don't even bother to look anymore....
> >
> > Donna
> >
> > >
> > > Our HD is the same. Makes you want to cry. Too bad there is not a
> > > Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Plants!
> > > Cathy
> >
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