A Resource For Long Island Horticulture Professionals
Welcome to Long Island Flower Growers Association
The mission of Long Island Flower Growers Association's (LIFGA) is to increase awareness, education, and appreciation of plant diversity and to be a regional center of expertise in greenhouse management, landscape design and exhibition of horticultural "best" practices.

LIFGA supports academic research projects and continuing education programs on issues related to the use, management and care-giving of landscape plants by providing high-reach, high-content and cost-effective means of delivery, and new and routine information to Long Island's horticultural audiences.

Professionals related to the enviromental horticultural industry are LIFGA's primary audience, such as:

- Landscape maintenance and construction contractors.
- Plant and seed brokers.
- Retail and wholesale greenhouse and nursery professionals.
- Irrigation designers and equipment manufacturers.
- Public parks and public works personnel.
- Arborists

Important secondary audiences are home horticulture enthusiasts and media representatives.
NEWSLETTER
JANUARY 2016 Newsletter
Our 1st edition of the LIFGA Newsletter
We are excited to announce the first edition of the 2016 LIFGA newsletter. We plan to continue this distribution in order to inform our current members as to the goals and efforts the Long Island Flower Grower Association is seeking to achieve throughout the year. We recently, via our PlantSomething campaign , teamed up with the Long Island Farm Bureau in their 4th grade school visits this winter.

For more details about the program view our .

TOP SPONSORS
BIANCHI-DAVIS GREENHOUSES
Specialists in grooming orchid colors
BIANCHI-DAVIS GREENHOUSES provides a moderate climate and computer-automated facility for the ideal growing home of our Phalaenopsis Orchids. Your order is picked from our benches by seasoned professionals. Our flower people handpick thousands of custom orders. You tell us exactly what you want and we deliver it. We fill wholesale orders large and small and carefully pack and load them by hand. Each delivery arrives on our own heated and air conditioned delivery vans. We feature daily shipments throughout the New York metro area. Some same day service is available.

FARM FAMILY INSURANCE
Camille Bunicci, Islip Terrace, NY 11752 (631) 277-7770
FARM FAMILY INSURANCE - Choosing the right insurance is critical. As a business owner, I understand that a one-size-fits-all policy doesn’t make sense for individuals, families or businesses. You know insuring your future means more than just getting the quickest quote or finding the cheapest price. As we get to know each other, I’ll work with you to put together coverage that makes sense for you. I am proud to represent Farm Family, a company that has been providing clients with reliable service for more than 60 years. 

EMMA'S GARDEN/OTTO KEIL FLORIST
Quality Growers of annuals, perennials, groundcovers & holiday crops.
EMMA'S GARDEN GROWERS are a 3rd generation, family-owned business serving the New York City metropolitan area, Long Island, Westchester County, Western Connecticut and Northern NJ. We are growers of high quality annuals, perennials, ground covers, and holiday crops. We also re-wholesale a diverse offering of sought after plants. WE ARE WHOLESALE ONLY. Our offices are located at 30 East Gate drive in Huntington, Long Island, NY. We maintain a fleet of trucks for rapid delivery. Our plants are also available for pick up at our Huntington facility.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
2016 LIFB PRESS CONFERENCE
DATE: March 21, 2016 @ 10AM VIEW INVITATION
LOCATION: Marth Clara Vineyards, 6025 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901 

The purpose is to generate even more awareness about the impacts of the proposed minimum wage hike to $15 per hour on not only the agricultural industry, but all small businesses throughout New York State. This is the final opportunity to make our concerns heard before the April 1 state budget deadline. We ask that you attend the conference and encourage other farmers to do so. We are aiming to have 30 to 40 farmers present for support. Speakers have already been organized, we are only asking that farmers come and be present at the press conference. Thank you all for your efforts on this critical issue.

2016 LIFGA WINTER MEETING
DATE: March 1, 2016 @ 6PM VIEW INVITATION
LOCATION: Bayport Flower Houses, 940 Montauk Hwy Bayport,NY 11705 

5:30pm - 6:00 pm - Registration and Tour of Bayport Flower Houses. 6:00pm - 6:30pm Topic: PlantSomethingLI Campaign, Speakers: Bianca Sullivan and Mark Bridgen. Delicious Buffet Dinner & Refreshments at 6:30pm. Tickets - $45/person by reservation only, $50.00 at the door. RSVP a must by February 22, 2016. Please contact Diane Hanwick to make your reservations: (631) 727-3595 (work phone) or (631) 886-2213 (LIFGA business phone) or by email : info@lifga.com.

LIHREC FUNDRAISER AT DIGGER'S RESTAURANT
DATE: February 25, 2016 @ 6PM VIEW INVITATION
LOCATION: Digger O’Dell’s Restaurant, 58 W. Main St., Riverhead, 11901 

Join your Friends in Agriculture for dinner at Digger O’Dell’s Restaurant in Riverhead, Long Island. On Thursday, February 25, the 12th annual fundraiser for Cornell University’s Long Island Horticulture Research & Extension Center (LIHREC) in Riverhead will be held to support the student internship fund and horticultural research. 

For more information call (631) 727-3595 or visit Friends of Agriculture Dinner in Long Island.

2016 MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEERS
DATE: February 3 - June 29, 2016
LOCATION: Cornell Cooperative Extension, 423 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead, NY  

CCE Suffolk trains Master Gardener Volunteers to provide the public with gardening programs and activities that draw on the horticultural research and experience of Cornell University. Master Gardener Volunteers receive research-based instruction and are kept up-to-date through continual exposure to the latest developments in environmental horticulture. In return, they agree to share their knowledge with neighbors by volunteering to do community service.

For more information please visit: Suffolk County Master Gardener Volunteer Program.

2015 SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
LONG ISLAND FLOWER GROWERS SCHOLARSHIP - $1,400
RECIPIENT: Patrick McLoughlin
Mr. Patrick McLoughlin is currently a student at Cornell Universtiy.

Recipients: David Harris (2014), Christoper D'Angelo (2013), Justin Kondrat (2012), Jessica Anson (2011), Maria Figueroa (2010, First Recipient)

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