July News & Updates

The 2019 Annual Meeting was a success!

Two Representatives from the Small Business Association of Michigan talked about a few of the benefits now available to all MGGC members as part of the Strategic Partnership we recently entered.

Goeff Hansen, Executive Director gave us an update

Thank you to Countryside Greenhouse for hosting the Michigan Greenhouse Growers Annual Membership Meeting.

Meet our Executive Director


Welcome to our new Executive Director, Mainstreet President Goeff Hansen, who brings 30 years of business and 14 years of Legislative experience to the Association. Goeff comes to us fresh from the 99th Legislature as the 34th district State Senator and is eager to help us grow and prosper as he settles in to the position.

Goeff lives in Oceana county and has a long background with agriculture specialty crops and ag promotion and understands how to help make our brand grow. Goeff spent 30 years in the grocery business, learning it from the bottom up, from bagboy to store owner, he learned about hard work and how to make sure the customer was well served and happy. Goeff is planning on visiting many of the member greenhouses across the state this year and speaking directly to members to learn of the issues that are important to them.

You can contact Goeff directly by email at Mainstreet@SBAM.org with any questions or ideas you may have for the Association.

2019 Great Lakes Expo

Save the date!

The 2019 Great Lakes Expo is December 10-12 at the Devos Center in Grand Rapids. The EXPO’s trade show is one of the largest shows for fruit and vegetable growers, greenhouse growers and farm marketers in North America!

About the Expo:

  • 70+ education sessions and workshops will be offered over the three day period.
  • 450+ exhibitors in an expanded trade show.
  • The EXPO offers many special events, receptions and other networking opportunities.

Visit their website for more information.  https://glexpo.com/

Annual Meeting

June 24,2019
11:00 am
Countryside Greenhouse
9050 Michigan Dr.
Allendale, MI

All Michigan Greenhouse Growers Council members, non-members and other interested industry professionals are invited to attend this event.

You will learn about additional benefits for your small business through the Strategic Partnership with Small Business Association of Michigan. There will also be informative discussion of the Council’s activities and industry updates.

RSVP to the MGGC office (517) 367-2033 or  mail@mifgc.org .

2019 Annual Meeting Registration

May News & Updates

Welcome to MainStreet! Thank you for choosing us to be your Association Management Team. As a subsidiary of The Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) we are able to offer you a full range of member benefits from insurance programs including Health, dental, vision as well as comp, life and disability to HR compliance services including Ask an Expert Hotline, COBRA administration services and ERISA compliance services.

… Read more  HERE.

Call to Action on Farm Bill

On behalf of Michigan Greenhouse Grower’s Council (MGGC), Senator Stabenow has addressed crop insurance and indemnity to include greenhouses. The following language is included in the Senate passed version of the 2018 Farm Bill. MGGC was founded to pursue a remedy for loss of crop and indemnity for government ordered crop destruction. After many years of work on this issue, we are encouraged by the inclusion of the language below. Now we need your help. Please respond to this call to action.


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Call your Congressional Representative and Senators and urge their support of the Senate passed version of the 2018 Farm Bill.

January Training

MGGC Education Conference
Thursday, January 25, 2018
8:30 a.m registration and coffee
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Presentations
Lunch included

  • Topics to include: Insurance: Group plan; Crop Insurance & Indemnity
  • Audits and Taxation: Are you being audited by the Michigan Department of Treasury?
  • And much more

The Foundry
600 East Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007

Members may attend at no charge as a benefit of membership
Non-members may attend for $25 or become a member and attend at no charge.
Staff is encouraged to attend.

RSVP to the MGGC office (517) 367-2033 or val@julianvail.com

Registration Form

Beautify your home with Michigan-grown Poinsettias

For Immediate Release

For immediate release:                                               Contact: Val Vail-Shirey

December 11, 2017                              517-367-2033, or Val@julianvail.com

Beautify your home with Michigan-grown Poinsettias

Michigan Greenhouse Growers Council invites everyone to
buy local during the holidays. 


LANSING, MI- The star-shaped holiday plant decorating your home this season represents the Star of Bethlehem. December 12 is National Poinsettia Day and your plants were most likely grown locally at one of Michigan’s 55 fabulous greenhouses that produce poinsettias. Michigan ranks sixth in the nation for poinsettia production, with wholesale plants valued at $10.4 million! Each season Michigan’s greenhouse growers produce close to 2.6 million poinsettia plants.


“Poinsettias are beautiful plants and come in a multitude of colors,” said Dave Mast, Co-Owner of Andy Mast Greenhouses and Board member on the Michigan Greenhouse Growers Council. “These lovely plants can adorn your home well into the winter.”


To select a poinsettia look for dark, green leaves throughout the plant.  When you leave the retail outlet, protect your plant from cold temperatures by wrapping it in a sleeve and unwrapping the poinsettia carefully when you get it home.


Poinsettias are easy-to-keep household plants, and brighten the indoors during the darkest time of year. To learn more about these lovely plants, and how to care for them, visit: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/uploads/files/PoinsettiaCare.pdf


There are more than 556 greenhouse businesses in Michigan, so be sure to ask for Michigan grown Poinsettias when shopping this holiday season. To learn more about Michigan’s floriculture industry, visit: http://www.floraldaily.com/article/6883/US-Michigans-floriculture-and-greenhouse-industry


The Michigan Greenhouse Growers Council

MGGC | PO Box 278, Bath, Michigan 48808 | 517-367-2033

2017 Great Lakes Expo

The 2017 Great Lakes Expo is December 5-7 at the Devos Center in Grand Rapids. The EXPO’s trade show is one of the largest shows for fruit and vegetable growers, greenhouse growers and farm marketers in North America! Last year, a record 458 companies and organizations exhibited products and services in the trade show. This year’s show is expected to be even bigger! There will again be an additional exhibit area featuring farm market vendors, other product vendors and information booths.