Top Story, June 2015
Like a garden, newspaper is growing (Editorial)
It doesn't seem like it has been more than 17 years since the management of American Farm Publications responded to complaints that the green industry was being "underserved" in a monthly supplement then called "Little Acres" by creating the Mid-Atlantic Grower as a stand-alone trade newspaper. Our goal then was to serve all aspects of horticulture, which we defined as "plants that are grown (for sale) but not eaten," with herbs as the only exception. We would write about apple trees sold to home owners but not apples grown in orchards for consumption. We would cover the industry in six states from Pennsylvania to Virginia.
The industry has seen changes in the past two decades, and somehow survived a major economic downturn. It's time for the newspaper to change, too. Coverage will expand to include edibles — small fruits and vegetables grown for direct marketing. The emphasis will be on growers. And, rather than being mailed separately, the paper will inserted into copies of The Delmarva Farmer and The New Jersey Farmer once a month. Subscribers will get those newspapers weekly or twice a month, respectively, at no extra cost.
Serving as editor of the Grower has been a wonderful experience. I've been welcomed at industry events where I have met many people whom I now consider friends. I have learned so much — enough to realize how little I knew, so I undertook Master Gardener training for a firmer foundation.
It's time for a change for me also, so I've chosen to retire as editor. I'm looking forward to having more time for my family, my own home and garden, the garden club, and, perhaps someday, a great-grandchild to spoil.
I hope to continue to write occasional articles and/or columns, as the new editor wishes. And I hope to see my green industry friends again.
— Carol Kinsley, Editor