A Resource For Long Island Horticulture Professionals
Welcome to Long Island Flower Growers Association
The mission of Long Island Flower Growers Association's (LIFGA) is to increase awareness, education, and appreciation of plant diversity and to be a regional center of expertise in greenhouse management, landscape design and exhibition of horticultural "best" practices.

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.
- Arborists

Important secondary audiences are home horticulture enthusiasts and media representatives.
TOP SPONSORS
FARM CREDIT EAST
Specialized lender and financial services for agri-businesses

FARM CREDIT EAST is dedicated to serving the agricultural credit and financial needs of those in the business of agriculture, including farmers, nursery and greenhouse operators,  lobstermen, part-time growers, agribusiness owners and country home owners. We are a part of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide agricultural network providing credit and affiliated services to those in agriculture and related industries across the United States. Since 1916 the Farm Credit System has supplied the nation's agricultural industry with nearly one-third of its credit needs.

BIANCHI-DAVIS GREENHOUSES
Specialists in grooming orchid colors
BIANCHI-DAVIS GREENHOUSES provides a moderate climate and computer-automated facility for the ideal growing home of our Phalaenopsis Orchids. Your order is picked from our benches by seasoned professionals. Our flower people handpick thousands of custom orders. You tell us exactly what you want and we deliver it. We fill wholesale orders large and small and carefully pack and load them by hand. Each delivery arrives on our own heated and air conditioned delivery vans. We feature daily shipments throughout the New York metro area. Some same day service is available.

FARM FAMILY INSURANCE
Camille Bunicci, Islip Terrace, NY 11752 (631) 277-7770
FARM FAMILY INSURANCE - Choosing the right insurance is critical. As a business owner, I understand that a one-size-fits-all policy doesn’t make sense for individuals, families or businesses. You know insuring your future means more than just getting the quickest quote or finding the cheapest price. As we get to know each other, I’ll work with you to put together coverage that makes sense for you. I am proud to represent Farm Family, a company that has been providing clients with reliable service for more than 60 years. 

EMMA'S GARDEN/OTTO KEIL FLORIST
Quality Growers of annuals, perennials, groundcovers & holiday crops.
EMMA'S GARDEN GROWERS are a 3rd generation, family-owned business serving the New York City metropolitan area, Long Island, Westchester County, Western Connecticut and Northern NJ. We are growers of high quality annuals, perennials, ground covers, and holiday crops. We also re-wholesale a diverse offering of sought after plants. WE ARE WHOLESALE ONLY. Our offices are located at 30 East Gate drive in Huntington, Long Island, NY. We maintain a fleet of trucks for rapid delivery. Our plants are also available for pick up at our Huntington facility.

GREEN ISLAND DISTRIBUTORS
Quality Supplies and Service for the Green Industry !!

GREEN ISLAND DISTRIBUTORS. Inc is a family owned and operated business dedicated to serving the Tri-State Area’s greenhouse and nursery growers. We are committed to providing responsive and efficient customer service to our customers. We are strategically located on Long Island to provide unique and up-to-date, quality horticultural products and services to the commercial greenhouse growers and nurserymen. OUR EMPHASIS is on customer satisfaction and pride in providing innovative ways to help our client's businesses grow. 

CJ VAN BOURGONDIEN GREENHOUSES, INC
A Family-Owned Business For Over 70 Years !!

CJ VAN BOURGONDIEN, Inc started with one man wanting to settle down and start a family while living the American dream. Going from a bulb salesman, working for his father from Holland, to a business owner in the United States, all started in 1916. Cornelius John Van Bourgondien bought 36 acres of land in West Bablyon, NY and established a greenhouse business in his name in 1939, incorporated. Today you can find John Van Bourgondien’s children Bob, Mark, and Tracy continuing the traditions of the family business. Family is everywhere in the greenhouse. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
DEER FENCE FUNDING 2017
DEADLINE: Friday June 16, 2017 @ 3PM VIEW DETAILS
SPONSOR: Suffolk County SWCD, 423 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901

The Suffolk County Soil and Water Conservation District will be administering a Deer Fence Grant with limited funding. This program is offered by New York State for the sole use of protecting farms from deer damage. Applicants, approved for funding and certified as meeting program requirements, will be reimbursed at the rate of 75% of the average linear foot cost of materials and installation.

For more information please contact Ann Marie Calabro at (631) 852-3288, or email AnnMarie.Calabro@suffolkcountyny.gov.

2017 WORKER PROTECTION MOCK INSPECTIONS
DATE: Wednesday May 10, 2017 (2-4 pm) VIEW ANNOUNCEMENT
LOCATION: Lewins Farms, 812 Sound Ave, Calverton, NY 11933

The WPS has been updated with revisions to many of the standards. These sessions will review topics such as PPE, recordkeeping, worker & handler trainings, respirator requirements and more. Existing rules and updates will be addressed. Attendees will rotate between stations in a ‘mock inspection’ format. Bring your questions! NYS DEC Pesticide recertification credits will be offered - to obtain credits you must arrive on time and stay for the duration of the meeting. Credits cannot be offered to late arrivals.

For more information please contact Melissa Elkins at (631) 727-7850, x341, or email me336@cornell.edu.

2017 WORKER PROTECTION MOCK INSPECTIONS
DATE: Thursday May 11, 2017 (2-4 pm) VIEW ANNOUNCEMENT
LOCATION: Woodbourne Cultural Nurseries, 301 Colonial Springs Rd, Melville, NY 11747

The WPS has been updated with revisions to many of the standards. These sessions will review topics such as PPE, recordkeeping, worker & handler trainings, respirator requirements and more. Existing rules and updates will be addressed. Attendees will rotate between stations in a ‘mock inspection’ format. Bring your questions! NYS DEC Pesticide recertification credits will be offered - to obtain credits you must arrive on time and stay for the duration of the meeting. Credits cannot be offered to late arrivals.

For more information please contact Melissa Elkins at (631) 727-7850, x341, or email me336@cornell.edu.

2017 HRHCare Day Of Health
DATE: April 6, 2017 @ 3-7PM VIEW FLYER
LOCATION: Martha Clara Vineyards, 6025 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901 

Please print out the attached bilingual flyer and give it to your staff. This program is for all farm workers and their families, not just vineyard/winery staff. The last Day of Health served 84 farm workers and their families some of whom had not seen a doctor in over 10 years!A big selling point – we will have a pediatrician at this event, and we are doing late hours!!! We will also have a doctor from Stonybrook doing FREE lyme disease testing. A big thanks to Martha Clara Vineyards for donating the space, you have been so very generous in your support of this endeavor. And thanks to all of the wineries whose donations have made this program an incredible success!

2017 LIFGA WINTER DINNER
DATE: March 2, 2017 VIEW INVITATION
LOCATION: Hotel Indigo East End, 1830 West Main Street, Riverhead NY 11901 

Registration at 5:30 PM. Delicious buffet dinner served at 6:30pm. Tickets - $45.00/person (by reseevation only). $50.00/person at door. Speakers: 6PM - James Carpentier - DEC Pesticide Strategy Update & Survey. 7:30PM - Jared Babik (of DRAMM) - Effective Pesticide Coverage : Tools in a Toolbox. During the evening tickets will be sold for a 50/50 raffle! RSVP a must by February 22, 2017. For more information please contact Diane at (631) 727-3595 (work phone), or (631) 886-2213 (LIFGA phone) or email info@lifga.com.

2016 SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
LONG ISLAND FLOWER GROWERS SCHOLARSHIP - $1,400
RECIPIENT: Ariel Churnin
Ms. Ariel Churnin is currently a student at SUNY Farmingdale and completing her associate's degree in landscape development and is interested in urban gardening and design, with a plant-based approach. "My academic work and hands-on experience have contributed to my desire to work in landscaping in metro areas where I can promote sustainability and native species," said Churnin. 

Recipients: Patrick McLoughlin (2015), David Harris (2014), Christoper D'Angelo (2013), Justin Kondrat (2012)

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