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 November 2012

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CCGGA participated in two community events recently, the Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival and Sunset's Savor the Central Coast.  


To see photos from this event, check out our facebook page.  

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Message from the President


Dear Members,


As we approach the end of the year, I always look forward to our annual meeting at the Edwards Barn. This meeting provides our associate members to meet with the growers in our area and present their products and services. This is a free benefit to our associate members and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity. At this year's meeting, we will have three interesting presentations from the County Ag Department, local Farm Bureau and a special presentation on a growing trend in horticulture from one of our members. In addition to our outstanding speakers, we will announce our newly elected board members for 2013. This is going to be a great meeting, so don't miss out!


This week I was pleased to have our company, Ball Tagawa and Ball FloraPlant, honored by Arroyo Grande in Bloom for our donations over the years and especially the extra efforts made this year that helped Arroyo Grande win the Floral Award from America in Bloom. I am sure many of you have walked or driven through the Arroyo Grande Village and enjoyed the beautiful flowers that can be found along the sidewalks and the bridge. Many volunteers dedicate their time to Arroyo Grande in Bloom and all of their hard work has certainly paid off. This beautiful city has received recognition on a national level and has increased the pride and appreciation this community has for their city. 


Every member of the CCGGA that has the opportunity to help increase awareness of the beauty of flowers and plants, so please consider how much you can do to promote the use of the plants that we produce every day. We know how popular the spring season is and it's the time of year we present the best of our business with cut flowers, indoor blooming, bedding and foliage plants. From talking with growers from all sectors of our business, I feel that this upcoming spring we project solid sales with a slight increase in growth. I hope everyone has a very successful finish to 2012 and is ready to take on 2013. See you all at the annual meeting next month!


Dave Pruitt, President

Ball Tagawa Growers 

Annual Meeting - December 6th
Edward's Barn - 1095 Pomeroy Road, Nipomo, CA  - 11:30am-1:30pm
We've got some amazing speakers lined up for our annual meeting this year, so you don't want to miss out! 


All CCGGA members and their staff are invited to join us. Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 28th. The cost is $15 per person. Please make checks payable to CCGGA.
Looking Back... 
CCGGA Beginnings 


Our first organized meeting was held in April of 1980. I don't recall exactly where it was held, but we had Bob Lilley, then Assistant Ag Commissioner there to talk about land use plans and proposed county greenhouse zoning and buffer zone issues. Also, Rick Landon, Deputy Ag Commissioner spoke on the new pesticide use and reporting regulations that we all are so familiar with now.


During the first year of CCGGA, we began having regular Steering Committee meetings at different lunch spots in Nipomo.Our primary goal was to form a consensus of opinions and standards so we could speak with one voice when addressing land use planning issues.


In August of that year, we got together with the local chapter of the California Association of Nurserymen to sponsor an Integrated Pest Management seminar at the Women's Club building in Arroyo Grande. We brought Michael Parella and his staff down from UC Davis for a daylong event.I remember we paid their travel costs and put them up at the Kon Tiki Inn in Pismo Beach. CARR pitched in also... I think they paid for a BBQ lunch. Needless to say, Diane (West Covina nursery) and I were relieved when we figured out that we had broken even on the event...whew!


Original Charter Members of CCGGA:


All Seasons                                      Pacific Sun Growers

Brassica Wholesale Nursery              Plantel

C & M Nursery                                  R Christian Farms

Speedling                                         West Covina Wholesale

Sunshine Flowers

Central Coast Greenhouses               Associates

Countryside Nursery                         CAN

Flower Farm Nursery                        CARR

Fides-Clearwater Nursery                  Farm Bureau

George Ball Research                       Independent GH Services

Greenheart Farms                            Twyford Plant Laboratories

Hamilton Nursery                              Western Farm Service

Koch California

Koch Mesa Nursery

May Floral

Mesa Magic Nursery

Native Sons Wholesale Nursery

Nipomo Mesa Farms

Nipomo Nursery

Nobel Floral  


**Flashback provided to you by Dan Jones, Pacific Sun Nursery             


Color Trends for 2013   
One thing that most people in our industry don't realize is that fashion color trends are related to our industry. Yes, it's true!

You'll start to see these colors appear in next year's fashion, home decor and your even your local garden center.

For more information on color trends, visit Pantone's website.
Quarterly Meeting Recap   
Thank you to everyone who attended our Quarterly Meeting on September 13th that was held at Corey Nursery in Nipomo.

CCGGA Pumpkin

We had a great turnout of our members and guest. Thank you again to Corey Nursery for hosting a wonderful evening!
December 2012 Deadline***  
Have You Had Your Groundwater/Well Tested? 


The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board recently adopted an updated Irrigated Lands Order (Ag Waiver) to reduce nitrate contamination in drinking water. This order is effective immediately. In this new order, growers are required to sample groundwater from the primary irrigation well and any drinking water wells.


FGL Environmental (FGL) is a state-certified laboratory providing services at five locations throughout California, including San Luis Obispo. Read more about groundwater monitoring compliance and FGL's services here. 


Where do you go for your local Ag news? 

San Luis Obispo Farm Bureau provides several sources for local information about issues, events and matters of importance to agriculturalists.

SLO Farm Bureau


Ag Update E-Newsletter
E-mailed to you eight times a year with news you need to know! Please help us sign up your friends and associates to receive it: click here  and then e-mail the page to them.

Farm Bureau Website

SLO Country Magazine
Mailed to Farm Bureau members or read it


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! 


Krista Herlihy
Central Coast Greehouse Growers Association
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.