The Depression year of 1929 had a severe impact on many American families. Dante Fini, 39, had been a busy mason for most of his adult life. However, he could not find any work because of the building slow-down, which was a forerunner of the impending economic disaster.
In an effort to support a rather large family, they decided to sell some of the harvest of their 3+ acre garden in Agawam, Mass. Thus, "Fini and Son Market Garden" was formed. Throughout the depression years of the 1930's, they struggled to build a successful farming operation. The first few years they had no trucks or tractors, only horses. A used truck was bought in 1935; a used tractor a year later. In 1939, their first new tractor was b ought for $750.
The war years of the early 1940's was a boon to the agricultural industry and land, trucks, and additional tractors were bought. Fini's Market Garden was well on its way to be the leading sweet corn producer in Western Massachusetts.
In 1960, the present farm on James Street in Feeding Hills was purchased and plastic greenhouses were built shortly thereafter. In 1972, Al Fini took over management of the family business after his father suffered a heart attack.
Since that time, more greenhouses have been added (totaling 15), Al's son Paul became head grower and greenhouse supervisor, and our production department expanded. We operate two retail stores where our plants are sold.
In 1979, the decision was made to diversify into interior plant leasing and maintenance because a growing market was foreseen and we desired additional sources of stabilized income. The Interior Plantscape Division has been through many changes since its inception, but has experienced continued growth. It has proven to be a successful year-round endeavor for us. We have numerous long-time clients that can attest to our professionalism.
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