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November 2014 

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Marian Community Clinics
Annual Meeting
Board Elections
AG Harvest Festival
Clearwater Nursery Fire



20 - Steering Meeting

24 - Ballots Due



4 - Annual Member Meeting at Cypress Ridge


4 - Open House Participation Forms Due



15 - Steering Meeting

30 - Membership Renewal


19 - Steering Meeting

Layci Gragnani,  

Greenheart Farms


Sandra Fischbein, Speedling Nursery


Eric Djafroodi, Clearwater Nursery


Julie Hoyt, Crop

Production Services


Dave Pruitt, iHort 

Ben Trogdon, Pacific Sun Growers

Butch Yamashita, Corey Nursery

Toni Kavaky, Viva Farms


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Do you know someone who would benefit from becoming a member of CCGGA?

We're always looking to expand our membership, so please spread the word about our organization!
New Associate Member:
Jack's Repair & Sales

The CCGGA would like to welcome our newest Associate Member, Jack's Repair & Sales! 

For over 40 years Jack's Repair & Sales has been serving the Central Coast with a complete selection of outdoor power equipment from Honda, Shindaiwa, Echo, and Red Max, as well as hand tools from Corona, Astron, and Felco. Whether you need a riding mower, pruning shears, blade sharpening, or repairs, you can count on Jack's Repair & Sales. 

Be sure to drop by their table at our Annual Meeting.


930 W Main Street 

Santa Maria, CA 93458

(805) 925-5653

Marian Community Clinics 
Working to Provide Free Flu Vaccines

  The CCGGA has been offered a unique opportunity through Marian Community Clinics to provide nursery employees with free flu vaccines.  Olivia Mora, Outreach Coordinator, has found it is difficult and costly for employees to leave work to receive the flu vaccine at traditional outreach locations.  To meet this challenge, Marian Community Clinics have decided to bring the clinic to the employees.

  Marian Community Clinics are looking for nurseries to provide a short period of time during the work day for employees to receive a flu vaccine at the nursery.  The on-site vaccine clinic would include a short informational meeting about the vaccine.  This outreach program is funded by grants that Marian Community Clinic has been awarded.  Pacific Personnel has been participating for many years and highly recommends this program. 

If you are interested in providing a flu vaccine clinic at your nursery please contact Amy Spence at or 800-961-8901.     
Annual Meeting, Cypress Ridge Pavilion
December 4, 2014 

  The Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Annual Meeting will be held at the Cypress Ridge Pavilion on December 4, 2014. Don't miss out!


Luncheon Speakers

SLO County Ag Dept. Update, Marty Settevendemie

   Rural Crime Prevention, Deputy Andy Danley

   Land Usage Update, Chief Investigator Art Trinidade


Vendor of the Year Award

The CCGGA will be presenting their first Vendor of the Year award at this year's meeting.  All Good Driver Award recipients are eligible.  The Vendor of the Year will have their name added to the Vendor of the Year perpetual plaque and receive a $100 gift certificate.



Please send in any photos you would like to share of Open House, your dedicated employees, or any other outreach events you've had this year.  Photos will be used in a slide show presentation during the meeting.


Board of Directors Election

We are now accepting ballots for the Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Board of Directors. There are four vacancies for the 2014-2016 term.
You should have received a ballot by mail the first week of November.  If you do not have a ballot please contact Amy Spence by phone or email immediately. Please submit your ballot before November 24, 2014.
The Board of Directors will be presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting.  

Thank you to the Board of Directors for their time and dedication! With your creativity and guidance we have been able to accomplish so much this year!
Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival
The Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Association participated in the Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival on 
September 27, 2014.

  Families had the opportunity to take home celery, kale, lettuce, and red cabbage starts for their gardens! Native Sons provided information on living walls. Holland America's flower cart was a beautiful center point of our display.

Wpromoted our upcoming Open House and shared products from our industry with locals.  It was a fantastic outreach event!  Next year, the Agriculture Pavilion would like to feature gardening in small spaces.  If you have any ideas please let me know!   

Thank you to our Sponsors:
 Ball Tagawa 
Cal Coast Palms 
Corey Nursery 
Holland America
Koch California 
Pacific Sun Growers 
Native Sons
Greenheart Farms
Clearwater Nursery Fire Breakout

Clearwater Nursery had a fire breakout on 9/15/14 around 4pm in one of their propagation greenhouses. The cause of the fire is suspected to be an electrical control box located on the sidewall of the greenhouse. Approximately 25K s.f. of greenhouse was damaged 

along with a substantial number of mother stock plants. In addition, over a 

$100k of growing materials inventory stored just outside of the greenhouse was destroyed in the fire.


The cleanup and rebuild process is underway and is expected to be completed by January 1st, 2015.

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.