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February 2015 

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26 - Open House Participation Meeting



18 - Open House



21 - Steering Meeting


18 - Steering Meeting

Layci Gragnani,  

Greenheart Farms


Sandra Fischbein, Speedling Nursery


Jane Riffle, 

Ball Tagawa


Julie Hoyt, Crop

Production Services


Dave Pruitt, iHort 

Ben Trogdon, Pacific Sun Growers

Butch Yamashita, Corey Nursery

Eric Djafroodi, Clearwater Nursery

Open House Scholarship Event Sponsor
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Open House Edward's Barn Education Center 

Ball Horticulture
C&M Nursery
Greenheart Farms

Sales/ Booth
Cal Seedling
Ball Tagawa
Viva Farms
A Place to Grow
Sage Landscaping
Nipomo 4-H
Local FFAs
Much More!

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2014 Annual Meeting Recap  

  Thirty-two members attended the Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Annual Meeting held at the Cypress Ridge Pavilion on December 4, 2014. Speaker Marty Settevendemie from the San Luis Obispo County Agricultural Department gave an update on various pests threatening our area, Deputy Andy Danley from the Rural Crime and Prevention gave practical tips on preventing crime and how to best respond to an incident and Art Trinadade spoke about land usage. Deputy Danely also handed out "No Trespassing" signs, please contact Amy if you are in need of signs.


Vendor of the Year Award

The CCGGA presented their first Vendor of the Year award at this year's meeting and one Vendor of the Month recipient was selected at random.  Doug Rood from UPS won the 2014 Vendor of the Year. Doug received a $100 gift certificate and his name will be added to the Vendor of the Year perpetual plaque. Congratulations Doug!


Open House Participation Meeting
Pacific Sun Growers, Conference Room
March 26, 2015 at 4:00pm

The Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Association Board of Directors are eagerly gearing up for this year's Open House Scholarship Fundraiser. We've received tremendous sponsor support and greenhouse grower participation.  
This year's Education Center at the Edward's Barn is centered around recycling and conserving water.  In addition to the demonstrations
held at the Edward's Barn, Holland America Flowers will be providing Floral Clinics. 

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2014 Scholarship Recipient Highlight
Essay by: Christine Vana

Faces of the CCGGA Board of Directors
Layci Gragnani is the Ornamental Marketing & Sales Director for Greenheart Farms in Arroyo Grande. Layci graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Agricultural Science, with a minor Ornamental Plant Production. She is a recent graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation and serves as a commissioner on the SLO County Commission on the Status of Women. She is very active in the industry and currently serves on many committees, including AmericanHort, Garden Writers Association and National Garden Bureau. In Layci's spare time (if she has any) she enjoys gardening, traveling and running half marathons.

Sandra Fischbein  moved to the Central Coast from Salinas when Speedling built a nursery in Nipomo and transferred her own to be the nursery manager. Sandra is  a Jack of All Trades in the nursery business having worked in production , sales and executive functions. She has a knack for making things happen and has been doing so for over 31 years .  She is currently with CalCoast Palms. When Sandra is not working you will find her  travelling, gardening, socializing and exercising. 

Jane Riffle  was born & raised on the Central Coast.  After graduating from Cal Poly with a BS in Econometrics, she lived in San Diego for a few years.  Jane returned with her husband to the Central Coast to raise their children and to be closer to family.  She has  worked in agricultural accounting since 2002, in plug production facilities and for a cut flower producer.  Jane has worked as an accounting manager, business manager and is currently the finance manager of Ball Tagawa Growers.  Working in agriculture, she enjoys learning about all aspects of the business, from HR and payroll, to finance, insurance, safety and to studying production.  When Jane is not at work she enjoys her own  greenhouses and growing her own food.  She has two 100' greenhouses and grows peppers and tomatoes nearly year-round.  Jan says, "It is very rewarding to enjoy the "fruits of my labor!"

W hen Julie Hoyt was younger, she m oved from the South Bay to Goleta in 1967.  She has lived in the Santa Barbara area a majority of her life until 5 years ago when she moved to Carpinteria to live on a blueberry ranch with her boyfriend.  She is  known for getting things done! 
Julie worked at a wholesale nursery for 7 years, and has been with CPS (formerly  known as Western Farm Service) for 15 years, for a total of 22 years in the agricultural business. Julie has developed a variety of experiences as a  purchasing agent, assistant manager of a facility, and now sales.  She is there for every one of her customers to help them with their growing needs and she enjoys k eeping her ranch up and spends a fair amount of time gardening.  Julie's favorite place though, is the beach and says, "Anytime spent at the beach no matter how short or long, either swimming, sitting or walking, renews my soul!"

In the coming weeks the Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Association will be sending a Wages & Benefits Survey to all of our members. There are many wage surveys available for San Luis Obispo County but we'd like one that is focused on our industry. The CCGGA board finds true value in this survey and hope it will be a great benefit for our members. This survey will be kept anonymous and links will be sent out through Survey Monkey. The survey results will only be shared with businesses that participate, so please contribute to this survey and participate!

The  Central  Coast  Greenhouse Growers Association (CCGGA) was founded to provide a cohesive organization that acts as a good neighbor within the local and regional community, providing information and education to neighbors; other community groups or businesses; and county, state, or federal agencies.
The CCGGA acts on behalf of its members in resolving issues that may arise with neighboring communities, as we work to coexist and enjoy the numerous benefits the Central Coast provides for both living and growing high-quality plants.