When it comes to your greenhouse, you want a quality product that is safe, efficient, and cost-effective. You also want a builder that has similar goals.
The National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association (NGMA) is in your corner with the same ideals as you, and has created standards for designing, purchasing, and building structures, as well as maximizing energy efficiency.
NGMA is a professional trade organization for the manufacturers and suppliers of greenhouses and greenhouse components, bringing together some of the most knowledgeable leaders to protect, foster, and advance the interests of the industry.
The NGMA does this through education, networking, and communication, disseminating information regarding the proper construction and maintenance of glazed enclosures, greenhouses, and sunspaces in all climates.
Founded in 1959, the NGMA looks to improve manufacturing procedures whenever possible by exchanging ideas for the benefit of the industry. The association does this in several different ways.
The NGMA website offers plenty of industry resources in the form of downloads on topics such as energy conservation, irrigation, supplemental lighting, and chemical cautions, among many others. In addition, a membership list by member category with contact information is available, which makes it convenient to reach out to your peers.
The association also seeks to explore markets for additional products which could be marketed and/or manufactured during offseason periods.
The NGMA offers a membership program aimed at four areas: structural manufacturer, component manufacturer, service membership, and university and extension agent membership.
When you become a member of the NGMA, you receive the following benefits:
- Exposure: Inclusion in the member directory with your company’s listing
- Education: Exclusive information on best practices
- Information: Subscription to the NGMA e-newsletter, NGMA Insights
- Awareness: Updates on legislative action affecting the greenhouse industry
- Inclusion: Networking opportunities to share best practices and more between members
For the NGMA, the priority on education isn’t just targeted to its members, but also to those students looking to get into the industry. The National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association Scholarship targets students majoring in horticulture and bioengineering or the equivalent and are at least a junior at an accredited four-year college maintaining a 3.0 GPA. A winner is selected annually.
Hortica, too, strives to educate and promote greenhouse best practices for maintenance and safety to its customers and those in the industry. That’s one reason why Hortica and the NGMA have a strong relationship. Education, guidance, and member support are what make our industry so successful and how we grow stronger for the future. Find out more about NGMA, and see if they are the right fit for you.