By definition, growing is the process of natural development through increase, either physically or figuratively. Many of you in this industry are well-versed in growth, as that is the focal point of your career.

As the incoming editor, I’m embarking on a journey of growth as well. This coming year, I’ll have the chance to meet you through a trade show booth, farm visit, or possibly via email, phone or text.

As a B2B professional, I know my way around a magazine. That’s the easy part. The fun stuff is discovering the issues, ideas and people who make this industry thrive.

We’re going to learn a lot about each other. But most importantly, I’ll learn a great deal about you and your passion for growing, because that’s why we’re here, right?

Inside this issue, you’ll learn about the passion that drove Maryann Stein to plant 3 acres of blueberries in Hernando County, Florida, and how she grew that passion into the 80-plus acres that make up Brooksville Ridge Blueberries (pg. 20). You’ll also gain helpful management advice on intern selection (pg. 18), as well as using social media to grow your business (pg. 32).

Through our social media space, we want to connect with you directly. Follow us @GrowingMagazine on Twitter, and Like us on Facebook ( Tell us what’s on your mind and let’s have that conversation.

I feel that I’ve entered this environment at a pivotal time. We’re planning for some major improvements for our brand in 2015, and I’m excited to be part of an amazing team. We’re working hard to bring you the features and articles to help your business succeed.

In addition, we’re here to use this age of interactivity to listen to each other and move this industry to better heights.

Michael Freeze