OTTAWA, Kansas – Loma Vista Nursery has received Systems Approach to Nursery Certification (SANC), administered by the National Plant Board, a non-profit organization of the plant pest regulatory agencies of each of the states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Guam. SANC is a voluntary, audit-based program for production nurseries and grower greenhouses and is designed to reduce pest risks associated with the movement of nursery stock.
Loma Vista Nursery is a 310-container production facility in Ottawa, Kansas, that produces a vast selection of pot-in-pot trees, shrubs, grasses, roses, perennials and groundcovers. At its farm in Willow Springs, Kansas, Loma Vista Nursery produces fieldgrown shade and ornamental trees, upright junipers and spruce on 650 acres. The grower ships to retail and wholesale customers in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain states.
“We treat our inventory like gold bricks,” says Lyndsi Oestmann, vice president, Loma Vista Nursery. “Every plant in our nursery has a purpose. Participating in SANC was a logical
step for us as we continuously strive to improve our company through self-improvement.”
According to the National Plant Board, the certification reflects an attention to detail at Loma Vista. “The SANC committee is happy to have Loma Vista as the newest certified participant in the SANC program. Loma Vista demonstrated dedication to the program in the effort to raise their facility to a higher level of awareness and actions to provide clean healthy nursery stock to their customers,” said Dana Rhodes and Joe Collins, co-chairs for NPB’s SANC Committee, in a statement.
The work toward certification was a collaborative effort, noted Oestmann. “I am very proud of each of our team members at Loma Vista Nursery for embracing SANC in order to help better our company,” she says. “The process of certifying our nursery sites demanded a high level of attention to detail and collaboration from our entire staff.”
Due to the procedures already in place at the nursery and the thoroughness of its team, Loma Vista became certified in less than a year. “Accountability to following the best management practices outlined in our SANC manual is one of the best benefits to Loma Vista Nursery participating in the certification process,” Oestmann said. “The outcome will serve our company, employees and customers for years to come, and this certification will help us continue to create better products for end users, due to the high standards that we will follow to obtain and maintain our SANC certification.”