North Shore's Suzette Overgaag and Micki Dirtzu Discuss Expanding Greenhouse Operations
- by Laura Hillen
THERMAL, CA – 2017 is looking to be a year of growth, as we’ve already seen in just a couple of weeks from suppliers, growers, buyers, and more. North Shore is next on the list with a big expansion planned for its current greenhouse operations.
As Vice President of Sales & Marketing Suzette Overgaag recently told me, the greenhouse expansion will boost the company’s operations on the North Shore of the Salton Sea, California, and double North Shore’s organic clamshell volume capacity.
“Our plans will allow for the physical expansion of our highly automated hydroponic system that also aligns with our mission to operate and produce with sustainable growing methods and practices,” Suzette says.
North Shore, grower of both North Shore Living Herbs® and North Shore Organic Living™, will power its soon-to-be bigger facility with new solar panels that were installed on the property in 2016. The solar panels will provide the space with up to 70% of its energy.
Micki Dirtzu, Director of Marketing tells me that this expansive decision was made from an increase in consumer demand for organic produce, resulting in North Shore’s new investment. Phase 1 of the project will be completed in early spring of 2017, with phase 2 reaching its finishing stage by the end of the year.
“North Shore continues to keep innovation in technology and sustainability top of mind as we strive to grow premium quality culinary herbs,” Micki continues. “We pride ourselves on leading the category in offering products that both increase shelf-life and reduce waste.”
What’s next for the Coachella Valley-based company? Keep up with AndNowUKnow as we report with more news forthcoming soon.