Greenhouses face rising costs when mercury dips

According to; Representatives of Big Marble Farms – one of Medicine Hat’s largest year-round greenhouse operations – agree greenhouses have been hit by the rising costs of energy and gas.

“I think, in general, rates for electricity and natural gas went up noticeably the last number of years (and have become) a big factor for us concerning how we modify our operations to match those costs,” David Hoekstra, general manager of Big Marble Farms, said. “There’s no doubt about it, (cost increases) have affected us and especially a lot of smaller (greenhouse operations) in town, or conventional greenhouses. They’ve been very, very much affected by these rates,” said Hoekstra.

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