All of us at Banner Greenhouses are committed to producing premium quality plants as sustainably as possible. Our commitment is reflected in these initiatives.
Banner Greenhouses recently introduced a pollinator garden to our headquarters in Nebo, North Carolina. The garden was installed in 2016 using a mix of blooming herbs and annuals we grew on site and perennials we sourced from our neighbors at Painters Greenhouse. In 2018, we have added two more pollinator beds throughout our property.
Plants were chosen to attract native pollinator species and selected to keep pollen and nectar available throughout the year. Plant species include Mountain Mint, Echinacea, Milkweed, Butterfly Weed, Butterfly Bush, and more.
We are registered on the Million Pollinator Challenge Garden map. You can find us on the map by visiting their website and searching for “Banner Greenhouses”.
Plastics: When possible, we sanitize and reuse plastic pots and trays, otherwise, unneeded plastic containers and tags are recycled. Water bottles and chemical containers and cardboard are also recycled.
Wood Pallets: After our use, a local company re-furbishes and re-uses. Pallets that are not repairable are ground for mulch.
Soil and plant waste: Unsalable plants and waste materials like spent peat moss and plant residues are composted on site. The compost is then made available for employee and neighbors’ gardening use.
Miscellaneous materials: Waste metal products and office waste paper are recycled. The combined results for our recycling efforts have been a 25% reduction in the amount of waste flowing to landfills.
Banner Greenhouses are proud to be certified by the industry-leading MPS Group, who recognize the quality of our products, the innovation of our procedures, and our dedication to sustainability. MPS is an independent sustainability certifying agency that analyzes and rates our environmental impact based on our resource usage. The agency considers our use of water, energy, chemicals, biological integrated pest management, recycling systems, and organic methods when rating our company.
Pest Management & Prevention
We take disease prevention and pest management very seriously. We follow a strict sanitation protocol in all of our organic greenhouses. Organic bio-fungicides and bio-insecticides are used in rotation based on regular scouting practices, preventing resistance and increasing efficacy.
Working with our friends at Koppert Biological Systems, we have increased our use of biological methods to prevent pests and disease. As part of our management and prevention protocol, we release beneficial insects, microbes and soil nematodes when necessary in our organic houses. These beneficials have also helped us reduce the volume of conventional pesticides applied during the production of our conventional plants.