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ISHS Acta Horticulturae 1140: Proceedings of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the International Plant Propagators' Society

From hands and feet to robots and spreadsheets©

Author:   M. Miller
DOI:   10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1140.53
Abstract:

INTRODUCTION
It is said “necessity is the mother of all invention,” and for our company this is very true. Although we didn’t invent anything, certain economic situations made it necessary for us to reinvent our production methods. The economic slowdown that started in late 2008 and dragged out for many years set a new course for Decker’s Nursery that we are still traveling. This is the journey we took to mechanize our company.
To better understand the journey, it will help to understand our company. Decker’s Nursery was founded in 1921 by Paul Offenberg. He was a professionally trained Horticulturalist from Holland who immigrated here and used his skills to start Paul Offenburg Nursery. Through hard work and a lot of effort, the nursery grew, relocated a couple of times and reorganized into the company that is Decker’s Nursery today. The Nursery focuses on propagation and wholesale nursery production.

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