Tom and Laura Martin
In 1983, Tom and Laura Martin purchased land from Laura’s parents, Jack and Betty Holmer. At that time, Tom was driving truck and Laura was a stay-at-home mom. In 1987 she began home-schooling their three children. In 1994, Tom and Laura built their first greenhouse to supplement the household income. Laura nurtured their first hydroponic tomato crop in 1995 and their operation grew from there. Over the years, production and sales increased resulting in an addition of 3-bay gutter connect greenhouses, 2 4-bay gutter connect greenhouses, and supplemental lighting. In 2007 and 2008, Tom and Laura made their farm more cost efficient and environmentally friendly by adding biomass furnaces to help with propane consumption. Tom also built a fertilizer reclaiming system. Today, Martin’s Greenhouses is truly a family farm, operated solely by the Martins and associated family members. Tom and Laura get help in the greenhouses from their three children and Laura’s parents. Laura’s parents help a couple days a week putting stickers on tomatoes. Where outside workers were once employed, the children are now filling those positions.
Martin’s Greenouses are proud members of MN Grown Programs. They, along with many other local businesses, sponsor a benefit that provides for a local scholarship program. The Martins also give public educational and community tours. Their greenhouses are highlighted in an educational video to assist students in developing entrepreneurship in Pine and surrounding counties. They are also featured in a video on hydroponic operations to educate consumers.