Michigan’s first MAEAP certified greenhouse

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Congratulations Mark Elzinga of Elzinga and Hoeksema Millennium Greenhouse.

Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assessment Program (MAEAP) is an innovative, proactive program that helps farms of all sizes and commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize pollution risks. It teaches producers how to identify and prevent environmental risks and how to apply effective land stewardship practices that comply with the state and federal environmental regulations.

Mark has successfully satisfied the three-phase program by first participating in an educational program explaining the Greenhouse*A*Syst and MAEAP program, secondly by having an on-farm risk assessment and making changes to issues of concern. The final step, which occurred today, was having the facility verified by a third-party verifier. Michigan Department of Agriculture employee Josh Appleby verified the greenhouse operation and honored Mark with the MAEAP sign to showcase the greenhouse operation.

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