The Greenhouse and Nursery industry thrives on the Eastern Shore. Delaware has several large greenhouse operations and nurseries. There are also major nurseries in our neighboring state of Maryland. The Green Industry Consortium is a national group of horticulturists and Ag Economists who have been addressing the needs of the Green Industry for over 25 years. The Green Industry Consortium has developed many publications for this industry. The Greenhouse publication is for start-up or existing greenhouses and was part authored in Delaware. The Specialty crops initiative has provided funding for a number of specialty crops projects in the United States. A project conducted in Delaware to help nurseries explore growing more native species is listed below.