Landscape Ontario nursery production efficiency summary report

The nursery/landscape sector is recognized as being very labour intensive, with very little use of mechanization or automation. In this project, Vineland has undertaken a one-year study of the Ontario nursery sector from the perspective of Systems Thinking and Lean Manufacturing. The project is intended to produce outcomes that will help characterize the organizational facets of Ontario nursery producers, positive and negative, in order to find impactful nexus points for implementing system engineering approaches as well as any potential for mechanization. To that end, a questionnaire was completed which is intended to assist the assessment and prioritization of potential opportunities for improvement in profitability. In addition, time lapse photography of the loading areas for the better part of one day, at each of the participating nurseries was taken.