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.
Important secondary audiences are home horticulture enthusiasts and media representatives.
2018 LIFGA SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
The LIFGA established a scholarship fund with the American Floral Endowment in 2010 after fund raising for more than 12 years. This scholarship is intended for students in the Long Island/New York area studying ornamental horticulture at a community college or a four-year institution.
Ms. Sarah Snow from the New York Botanical Garden school received the LIFGA Scholarship of $1,400.
BOB GUNTHER LIFGA SCHOLARSHIP
Mr. Jesse Friel from Farmingdale State College received the LIFGA Bob Gunther Scholarship of $1,000.
COMMERCIAL FLORTICULTURE SURVEY: GROWER RESPONSES NEEDEDThe Society of American Florists (SAF) encourages Long Island greenhouse and floriculture growers to respond to the USDSA NASS survey.
The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service again has funding to prepare an annual Floriculture Crops Summary report (after several years lapse in the survey). The information is valuable to producers to help learn industry sales and pricing trends. Good survey results depend on a high percentage of the industry reporting. The survey is being mailed out to commercial floriculture growers the week of Dec. 10 and reporting is due before Feb. 8. More information is available at https://safnow.org/commercial-floriculture-survey-responses-needed.
MANAGING LANDSCAPES SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMDATE: November 8, 2018 @ 8:30AM
LOCATION: Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook, 1 Circle Road, Stony Brook, NY 11794 Google Maps
Come learn ways to make the horticulture industry greener! We invite you to join us for the 14th annual “Managing Landscapes Sustainably” conference! This full-day program addresses topics that will appeal to the “green-minded” horticulture professional. Landscapers, arborists, landscape designers, turf managers, landscape architects, planners, and anyone else interested in sustainable land management throughout Long Island and beyond are invited to attend.
GUIDELINES FOR NEW CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT AGRICULTURE ENERGY-EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGY ADOPTIONDATE: November 5, 2018 @ 8AM
LOCATION: Statler Hotel, 130 Statler Drive, Ithaca, NY 11901 Google Maps
Lighting control is the last frontier in controlled environment agriculture (CEA). Well-designed horticultural lighting systems can reduce energy use and increase profits for greenhouses and indoor farms. GLASE is bringing together New York CEA growers with local utility companies, USDA officials and service providers to provide growers with all the resources available for energy-efficient lighting and control systems technology adoption.
Registration and more information, visit the GLASE website.
2018 LIFGA FALL DINNER
DATE: October 29, 2018 @ 6PM
LOCATION: Bakewicz Farms, 291 Route 25A, Wading River, NY 11792 Google Maps
LIFGA’s fall meeting is going to be a little different this year; it’s going to be a fall festival! Kids and families of LIFGA members are invited to Bakewicz Farms for hayrides, a corn maze, farm animal zoo, and much more. Kids & families of LIFGA members are FREE! Registration begins at 4:30PM. The cost of dinner tickets is $45.
For more information please contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 631-727-3595 (Diane’s work phone) or 631-886-2213 (LIFGA business phone). Please register by Friday, October 26.
LIFGA’s success is attributed to the dedication we put forward toward local growers, retail garden centers, nurseries, landscapers, arborists, farms and complement industries. We support group discussions and promote content that is most prevalent to the LI horticultural community.
Our association continues to grow by offering many opportunities through means of continuing education, networking dinners, sponsored events, website advertisements and affiliate of the PlantSomething national campaign.
Being a member of LIFGA is more than just being connected to a business group, it’s about being part of a larger family .. who LISTEN AND CARE !!
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Emerald Flora is a wholesale greenhouse operation hidden in the woods of Manorville. We are a smaller operation that caters to the more diverse and specific needs of garden centers and landscapers, most notably specializing in quality accent plants used in container gardens.” Find out more.