The evolving state of sustainability through MPS certification

The evolving state of sustainability through MPS certification
Banker plants at Costa Farms offer a home and food source to beneficial insects. | Costa Farms

MPS has been making strides in sustainability for 30 years. It originated in Europe and caught on quickly. Many growers have found the benefits of MPS certification, ranging from improving their bottom line to using environmentally-friendly products to promoting their sustainable practices to retailers and consumers. MPS is newer to the U.S., and D.S. Cole Growers in Loudon, NH, was the first to give it a go.

D.S. Cole Growers Shapes MPS in the U.S.

Doug Cole, President of D.S. Cole Growers, says the company joined MPS in 2009. He learned about MPS from his trips to Europe, where MPS originated. While Cole was president of the Ohio Floricultural Association (OFA), MPS approached the board to see if OFA would be interested in working with MPS. Cole decided to be a guinea pig and take on the program at his own operation.

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