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May 2013 

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OFA - The Association of Horticulture Professionals is the leading horticulture educational association in the United States.

It is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization with a mission "to support and advance professional horticulture." Industry segments served include garden centers, greenhouses, nurseries, landscapers, florists, interior plantscapers, emerging professionals, and allied trade.







Message from the President


Dear Members,


It's been a busy spring for all of us on the Central Coast this year and most importantly, other parts of the country have been busy too! The industry is off to a great start this season and I hope that these positive vibes continue throughout the year.

Our 12th annual Open House event was held just a few weeks ago and we raised over $18,000 in scholarship funds!  A big thank you to all of the nurseries and suppliers that participated in this annual event and a special thank you to Krista Herlihy for organizing such a successful, flawless fundraiser!

The spring membership meeting is quickly approaching and I hope that everyone will be able to join us at Speedling on May 16th. This is a perfect time to network and mingle with other members. We have also invited the 14 scholarship recipients to join us at this meeting as well, so don't miss out on this great opportunity to interact with the future of horticulture.

Hope to see you all in a few weeks!



Layci Gragnani, President

Greenheart Farms

Spring Membership Meeting, May 16th
Speedling Nursery
1040 N. Thompson Avenue, Nipomo, CA 93444
4:30 - 6:00pm
Our guest speakers for the evening will be:
Richard Quandt
Grower-Shipper Association
Marty Settevendemie
San Luis Obispo Agriculture Commissioner
Thank you to everyone that donated to our Open House Event!


Corey Nursery - Nipomo, CA
American Horticulture Supplies       Greenheart Farms
Ball FloraPlant                                     Matt Donovan
Brassica                                                McConkey
Cal Seedling                                         Nipomo Rotary Club
C&M Nursery                                      Robert Mann Packaging
Crop Production Services                  Rabobank
DoVer Enterprises                              Speedling
Eufloria                                                 SunGro Horticulture
Farm Credit West                               Talley Farms
**Check out our facebook page for more images from Open House.
California Bountiful Magazine
  California Bountiful May-June 2013



One of our nursery members is featured in the May/June 2013 issue of California Bountiful!


Way to go Greenheart!


To read the article, click here:

               Planting Pride


Marketing Your Business Without Selling
Google "content marketing" and your search will return over a billion results. Why so many? It's one of the latest trends in the marketing world.
Basically put, content marketing is communicating with your customers by either sharing or creating useful content to acquire new customers without directly selling products; ever heard of a blog? It's a great idea, but if you're like most people getting started can be a daunting task.


Click here for tips on how to kick-off your content marketing campaign.

Harvesting Rainwater Where It's Needed Most

Last month, a team of Aquascape Foundation volunteers installed a 15,000-gal. rainwater harvesting system in the Dominican Republic at FilterPure Filters, a nonprofit organization committed to providing safe drinking water to at-risk populations of the developing world.



The captured and stored rainwater will be used to aid production of FilterPure's ceramic water filtration devices distributed throughout the region.  


For more information on the Aquascape Foundation or their next trip to Ghana, West Africa in January 2014, visit

Hazardous Waste Program Started

Recently the city of Santa Maria announced a new hazardous waste program for businesses. Any non-household entity generating 27 gallons or 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month, can dispose of the waste with the Santa Maria Regional Landfill Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.


For more information, visit  

2012 Crop Statistics Released  
An increase of nearly 18 percent in gross values over 2011 was reported for 2012. Totals are estimated at a record-breaking value of $861.8 million (2012) compared with $736.2 million (2011). For the second year, strawberries remained the top crop, with wine grapes coming in second. Read a news release here and five pages of statistics here.

Published copies of the 2013 crop report will be available in June; call (805) 781-5910.
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
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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.