Get to Know Mansfield Businesses
As a college town, Mansfield has a diverse array of businesses and entrepreneurs. Celebrating their milestones and success stories is one way in which we work to foster a business-friendly environment.
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In 1994, Chris Campbell embarked on a journey to grow a very specific strain of tomato. He had been gifted a seed from Manny, a close family friend from New Bedford, MA. This large Italian plum tomato seed needed a special, nurturing touch. Chris knew exactly where to go.
Twenty-three years later, the Manny Tomato is one of over 75 tomato varieties offered at Tri-County (formerly Hockanum) Greenhouse. Shopper turned manager, Chris Campbell takes pride in Tri-County nursery unique stock, growing over 400 varieties of annuals, 200 varieties of vegetables, and 300 varieties of perennials--and these numbers continue to grow. A full list of seasonal offers at the Tri-County Greenhouse can be found here.
Because of Chris and his staff’s relationship and responsiveness to their customers, they are able to put forth a product that is both distinct and innovative. They constantly take specific customer requests for new varieties. This practice ensures loyal, happy customers. They also take the time to teach customers how to successfully cultivate their stock. It’s rare to see this level of product variety and customer service offered from a greenhouse this size, especially considering that nearly all of their products are grown on site.
Nevertheless, none of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of a truly remarkable staff.
Since its establishment in 1982, Tri-County Greenhouse, a division of Whole Life, Inc., has provided services to intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals. By providing individuals with disabilities paid training and meaningful work experience in a retail horticultural setting, Tri-County Greenhouse aims to promote self-reliance at work and within the community. The Greenhouse currently employs 18 supported individuals whose enthusiasm for personal and agricultural growth are unparalleled.
The luxury of being able to rely on a dedicated and hard-working staff is a key component to a successful operation at Tri-County. And because of their attention to detail, Tri-County is allotted the opportunity to produce the variety of annuals, vegetables, and herbs that sets them apart from the competition. All the while, supported individuals are learning the social and vocational skills needed to grow and develop into self-reliant adults.
So next time you’re craving unique, vegetable plants for your garden, want to create a window box that that will wow your friends and neighbors, need fresh cut flowers for a special occasion , or have a wild idea for the next best strain of bell pepper, stop by Tri-County Greenhouse at 290 Middle Turnpike (Route 44). They are open year-round, 7 days a week, and have the friendliest staff in Town. I guarantee they’ll have you leaving with a smile on your face. You might even have to make it a weekly tradition.
If you wish to learn more about Tri-County Greenhouse, their products, or their services please visit their website.