Trail Nurseries, York county, Pennsylvania, is a wholesale source for container gardens, vegetables and herbs, annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and more. Established in 2006 by family owners Mark and Karen Miller and Scott and Kathy Miller, the business’ mission statement is to be an efficient, high quality, sought-after plant producer for the Mid-Atlantic region.
The venture began when the Millers acquired one acre of greenhouses. “The first year was a learning curve,” says owner Mark Miller.
Over the next two years, Trail Nurseries increased their greenhouses and square footage, meeting demand by contracting with a local grower. Eventually, they purchased that grower’s Wellsville operation, doubling their sales.
In December 2011, fire destroyed the production facility. “Friends and family helped us salvage our poinsettias, moving them to our Wellsville location,” recalls Mark. “The fire was on a Saturday, and we shipped poinsettias to customers on Monday morning.”
Four years later, the family built modern greenhouses at the Dover production facility. Today, Trail Nurseries includes approximately four acres at three locations.
“As we’ve grown, AgChoice Farm Credit’s lending and business consulting teams have provided invaluable services to us,” Mark says. “It’s more a partnership than a vendor relationship.”