January 2016 marks 25 years in operation for Emerald Coast Growers—our silver anniversary. It’s been quite a journey. From modest beginnings with fewer than 10,000 square feet of greenhouses in 1991, we’ve expanded incrementally, methodically and manageably. By 1994, that number had tripled. By 1996, it had increased tenfold.

On the threshold of our second quarter-century, our growing space is measured in acres and still increasing: By 2016 we expect to have over half a million square feet of greenhouses, with 30-plus acres of field crops for grass divisions.

We’re proud of how the company has thrived, and we’re grateful to our customers who make it possible. It hasn’t always been easy: Mother Nature has handed us some serious setbacks. We took the blows, rebounded and kept growing.

But growth for the sake of growth is not a good business model. Good business means making your good business better, not just bigger, at every opportunity. Success is helping your customers succeed.

We’ve spent the last quarter century looking for ways to improve our products and practices. We intend to keep doing so for the next quarter century—with you, and for you. Thank you for joining us on our journey.