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History

 

Founded in 2004 by Hank and Su Kraus, Moosa Creek Nursery is the result of a passion for California native plants and a desire to work from home with our family and friends. We are thankful for the progress we have made but usually we just worry about how much we still have to do.

 

Hank's career has been spent running technical business and still only works part-time in the nursery. Su got active in the nursery in 2007 and has really been the driving factor in our success. Before that she was a 15 year stay at home mom and before that traveled all over the world marketing medical and cleanroom products. Su developed her appreciation for California native plants from her mother who is an accomplished award winning gardner in Southern England

 

Others have also left their imprint on the nursery. Angel Aguirre was our first employee and really established much of the propagation technique we still use today. Ed Schwind was also instrumental in increasing our product offering and marketing our product to Farmers Markets, something he still does. 

 

The history of this place is richer than what can be expressed by numbers, but numbers also have a story to tell:

 

Year

Number of Employees

Number of Species Grown

Irrigated Growing  Area Added (Square feet)

Annual Turnover

2004

1

5

none

$1,000

2005

1

35

3,800 green house

$4,000

2006

1

60

8,000 shade and 8,000 of open

$35,000

2007

2

110

9,000 5 gallon open

$60,000

2008

3

160

12,000 shade, 8,000 large container open

$125,000

2009

4

240

20,000 open and large container

$200,000

 

The next couple of years we hope to grow modestly, thanks to a growing interest in California native plants. Our revenue projections for 2010 are just short of $300,000 and we should end the year with around 6 employees.