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Position: Production manager
Growing experience: 5 years
Education: Gladys earned a master’s degree in horticulture and crop science from
Ohio State University and studied agriculture in Costa Rica. Her internship at Uganda
Flower Exporters Association allowed her to travel from Uganda, to Holland, Ecuador and
California, where she expanded her export and supply chain knowledge.
Company: Timbuk Farms in Granville, Ohio has specialized in Cut-Your-Own
Christmas trees since 1952. Timbuk also offers an array of young and finished plants and
a Garden Mart retail outlet.
Why we chose Gladys: Gladys’ international market experience, upper management
skills and growing expertise make her a triple threat in the industry. Combine that with
her passion for knowledge and experimentation and there’s no question we’ll be reading
more about her undertakings in the future.
Position: Head grower and production manager
Growing experience: 6 years
Education: Studied at Ohio University and Ohio State University.
Company: Baker’s Acres Greenhouse in Alexandria, Ohio was founded in 1982 by
Nick’s parents, Chris and Nancy Baker. Baker’s has three acres of growing space and
15,000 square feet of retail. The company grows 90 percent of its own annuals and the
majority of its perennials.
Why we chose Nick: His family started the business when he was a child, but he had
no interest in horticulture as a potential career until he was in his 20s. Now, he’s driving
the family business to reach different customers and changing its production methods
to become more sustainable. He has a passion for propagation, and takes pride in
producing “foolproof” plants for his customers.
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