Just as defining your market and finding your greenhouse location have variables that impact your business success, so too does the greenhouse structure. This does not only matter to new businesses but also for those of you wanting to expand or renovate your existing greenhouses. Up front, I will say what might not be the traditional thought behind buying a greenhouse and that is, each business is different and the greenhouse needs to be tailored to each business for them to be successful. Your greenhouse is the end product of your planning, not the starting point. Often, the greenhouse is thought of before the market you will be selling to, the product you are growing and even the systems that will be growing the products.
Knowing your market or outlet, for the produce you will be growing and selling to, is as important as your growing facility. Who and where are your customers? Understanding your market points you in the right direction of narrowing down your greenhouse location. This is covered in our initial and the 3rd post, in this series. Highlights being market size, who the buyers are and planning for the future.
Let’s dive a bit deeper into why you need to understand your market.
As you work through Part 1, it will become apparent that it is going to take a lot of time, not only to work through the initial planning phase but also to put the items into action. This is a short and sweet rundown of the very, very important topic of time management and expectations. Building a time table is the best way to stay on top of your building project as more and more actions are combined. Just as growing crops follows a schedule, building a business needs to be laid out and follow a path of milestones, each milestone building on the last. Questions that we have listed in each of the previous posts and ones to come will have a time factor that will need to be taken into account and tracked.
In short, the below list is a start to forming the ideas you have into an actionable and analytical plan. This list is geared towards people wanting to start a commercial greenhouse. Several other posts will follow helping to guide the decision processes as you move toward starting a vegetable greenhouse. While you fill out the list, give yourself the freedom to explore all ideas and answers. Analyze and build on what makes sense for your situation, taking into account your capabilities, your team’s talents and the markets needs and wants.
These are objectives to investigate and complete as you work towards getting your greenhouse up and running.
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