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The Romence Family receive the MAEAP award. Also pictured MI Rep. Dave Hildebrand far left and MI Senator Bill Hardiman 2nd from right.

MAEAP

Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program

Romence Gardens & Greenhouses of Grand Rapids Michigan is proud to join an elite group of greenhouses that have been awarded the MAEAP certification.  The MAEAP benefits Michigan by:

  • Protecting natural resources using environmentally sound practices
  • Using proven scientific standards to protect our air, water and soil
  • Making good neighbors
  • Helping protect the Great Lakes
  • Ensuring safe storage of fuel, fertilizer and chemicals
  • Balancing efficient production and sound environmental practices
  • Taking care of the land while making a living from the land

The MAEAP is voluntary and not easy to achieve. To become MAEAP verified, farmers must complete three comprehensive steps, which include educational seminars, conducting a thorough on-farm risk assessment, and developing and implementing an action plan addressing potential environmental risks. MDA conducts an on-farm inspection to verify program requirements related to applicable state and federal environmental regulations, Michigan Right to Farm guidelines, and adherence to an action plan. When completed, the producer receives a certificate of environmental assurance. To remain a MAEAP verified farm, inspections must be conducted every three years and action steps must be followed.

“As a greenhouse, one of our main environmental concerns is water use and disposal. As we moved forward with facility renovation, many improvements were made so all water used is recycled into holding tanks, the soil is sent to a recycling center and only minimal quantities of pesticides and fertilizers are stored,” said Bill Romence, General Manager and Owner of Romence Gardens. “We are honored to be recognized by MAEAP for our sustainable practices.”