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Welcome To Long Island Flower Growers Association (LIFGA)
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.

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COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

CCE assists and educates residents, businesses and professionals in a broad spectrum of topics by providing research-based information .

HORTICULTURAL CENTER

The 68-acre area is dedicated to serve the research and extension needs of the horticulture industries of Long Island. The facility features agricultural fields and research plots,

GREENHOUSE HORTICULTURE

Our facilities range from the very low-tech to fully automation. Our site focuses on Cornell-developed greenhouse hydroponic systems geared toward local food production.

LOCAL EVENTS

We always have fun events going on. Whether you’re a participant or a volunteer, we want you to be part of it! Stay up to date with our events calendar, and make sure to RSVP for each event

2018 LIFGA WINTER DINNER

DATE:  February 27, 2018 @ 5:30 PM  VIEW DETAILS

LOCATION: Bayport Flower Houses, 940 Montauk Highway,  Bayport, NY 11705 

The LIFGA Winter Dinner will be held at Bayport Flower Houses in Bayport. Registration begins at 5pm. Greenhouse tours start at 5:30pm. Dinner Speakers: Pam Young and Carol Isles. Pam works for Searles Graphics in Yaphank and focuses on offering marketing solutions to help horticultural businesses grow. Her colleague and friend, who many of us knew as Carol Saporito, was the Director of Marketing for Bissett Nursery Corporation in Holtsville for 18 years, president of LINLA, and Promotions & Education chair for the LI Farm Bureau.  Carol now has her own business, Cultivated & Connected. Buffet Dinner starts at 6:30pm. Dinner tickets are $45.00 per person by reservation only. Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 21.

For more information please contact Diane at 631-727-3595 (work phone) or 631-886-2213 (LIFGA phone) or by email info@lifga.com.

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LONG ISLAND GREENHOUSE & FLORICULTURE CONFERENCE

DATE:  January 16, 2018 @ 8:00AM – 4:30PM VIEW DETAILS

LOCATION: EE Elegance Ballroom @ Residence Inn by Marriott, 2012 Old Country Road (Route 58),  Riverhead, NY 11901 

This one day educational conference and trade show for greenhouse growers and industry professionals will address current issues and updates. There will be presentations on plant nutrition and fertilizers, edible ornamentals, activities of the Long Island Flower Growers’ Association, biocontrol using nematodes, updates on insect and mite management, pesticide use BMPs, downy mildew and other diseases, and other updates.

3+ pesticide credits available, pending DEC approval. For more information contact Melissa Elkins  at 631-727-7850 x341 or Me336@cornell.edu after January 1.

37th ANNUAL LONG ISLAND AGRICULTURAL FORUM

DATE:  January 10-11, 2018 @ 9:00AM – 4:00PM VIEW DETAILS

LOCATION: Suffolk Community College (Eastern Campus), 631 Speonk Riverhead Road, Riverhead, NY 11901 

The Long Island Agricultural Forum is a two-day educational program for all those in the agriculture and ornamental horticulture industries. The planning committee has worked hard over the past months to develop a program that addresses the current needs of these industries as they pertain to Long Island.

The Forum will be held at the Eastern Campus of Suffolk Community College in Riverhead on Wednesday & Thursday, January 10 & 11, 2018 – YES, you read that right – Wednesday & Thursday this year departing from our typical Thursday & Friday!

For more information contact Melissa Elkins  at 631-727-7850 x341 or Me336@cornell.edu.

I-9 COMPLIANCE AND IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT WEBINAR

DATE:  December 15, 2017 @ 11AM – 12PM REGISTER

In this era of ever increasing enforcement, it is critical to have an understanding of the I-9 hiring process, as well as compliance requirements to avoid allegations of hiring discrimination and to comply with government regulations.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) takes a “no tolerance” approach to I-9 completion and maintenance and there is the potential for significant employer sanctions and penalties for seemingly minor errors and non-compliance. You may ask, why do we need to spend an hour on a two page form? The fact that the form instructions/manual is 63 pages long answers this question! The I-9 form is riddled with traps and ambiguity and given ICE’s policy of strict compliance, you need to know how to avoid these traps.

This webinar will cover the I-9 hiring process and pitfalls, I-9 completion and record keeping, the I-9 Audit Process and how to handle an ICE raid on your farm.

Join us on Friday, December 15 from 11am – 12 noon, EST with presenter Leonard D’Arrigo, Partner, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP.

LONG ISLAND FARM BUREAU ANNUAL AWARDS GALA

DATE:  November 10, 2017 @ 6:30PM – 9:30PM VIEW DETAILS

LOCATION: Riverhead Polish Hall, 214 Marcy Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901 

This year we are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Long Island Farm Bureau.

And on this very special elebration we honor Karen Rivara, owner of Aeros Cultured Oyster Company in Southold, with the “Amherst Davis Memorial Farmer Citizen of the Year Award” and Vito Minei, Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension, with the “Long Island Farm Bureau Citizen Award.”

Tickets are $75.00 and are available by calling the LIFB Office at 631-727-3777 or emailing Carol at cjenkins@lifb.com. We hope you are able to join us to kick off our next 100 years of service to the agricultural industry.

2017 LIFGA FALL DINNER

DATE:  October 30, 2017 @ 4:30PM – 8PM VIEW DETAILS

LOCATION: C.J. Van Bourgondien Greenhouse, 39395 NY-25, Peconic, NY 11958 

The LIFGA Fall Dinner will be held at C.J. Van Bourgondien Greenhouse in Peconic. Registration begins at 4pm. Greenhouse tours are from 4:30 – 5:30pm. Allen Hammer from Dummen North America will be speaking from 5:30 – 6:30pm. Buffet Dinner starts at 6:30pm. Dinner tickets are $45.00 per person by reservation only. Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 25.

For more information please contact Diane at 631-727-3595 (work phone) or 631-886-2213 (LIFGA phone) or by email info@lifga.com.

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DEFINING YOUR SUCCESS !!

DATE:  September 19, 2017 @ 7:30AM – 4PM VIEW DETAILS

LOCATION: Hilton, Long Island – Huntington, 598 Broadhollow Rd, Melville, NY 11747 

Presented by the Long Island Nursery and Landscape Association, this full day educational event is your invitation to invest in the success of your company and yourself. The agenda is filled with sound advice, smart tools and practical business strategies to help you and your staff be more successful!

Cost: LINLA Member: $95, Non-Member: $125. Includes: Inspirational and educational presentations, breakfast, lunch and networking opportunities.

For more information, please visit: http://linla.org/events/winter-ed-day/

2017 SCHOLARSHIP WINNER

LONG ISLAND FLOWER GROWERS SCHOLARSHIP – $1300

Recepient: SEAN HALLIWELL

Mr. Sean Halliwell is the 2017 recipient of the Long Island Flower Growers’ Association Scholarship. Sean will begin his third year at Farmingdale State College this fall semester. He is currently finishing Farmingdale’s Associate’s Degree program in Horticulture, and has been accepted into their 4 year, B.S. degree program in Horticulture with a minor in Biology. Sean has an intense interest in commercial horticulture and plans to continue his profession on Long Island.

Past Recipients: Ariel Churnin (2016), Patrick McLoughlin (2015), David Harris (2014), Christoper D’Angelo (2013), Justin Kondrat (2012)

MEMBERSHIP SNAPSHOT

Members

LIFGA’s success is attributed to the dedication we put forward toward local growers, retail garden centers, nurseries, landscapers, arborists, farms and complement industries. We support group discussions and promote content that is most prevalent to the LI horticultural community.

Our association continues to grow by offering many opportunities through means of continuing education, networking dinners, sponsored events, website advertisements and affiliate of the PlantSomething national campaign.

Being a member of LIFGA is more than just being connected to a business group, it’s about being part of a larger family .. who LISTEN AND CARE !!

Commercial Growers

Garden Centers

Supporting Industries

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PREMIUM MEMBERS

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.

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. You tell us exactly what you want and we deliver it.

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 best price

EMMA'S GARDEN

Quality Growers of annuals, perennials & 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.

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.

CJ VAN BOURGONDIEN

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.

SPONSORING MEMBERS

Colorful Gardens

COLORFUL GARDENS

35 MILL RD, CALVERTON, NY 11933 (631) 369-5598

Colorful Gardens serves garden centers and nurseries in the tri-state areas with annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables and ground cover plants. We have an extensive client list and value quality service. 

Colorful Gardens

CHARLES SPITZNER NURSERY

PO BOX 40, MANORVILLE, NY 11949 (631) 878-1021

Family owned and operated Wholesale Greenhouse operation. We specialize in NG Impatiens, Geraniums, Dahlias, Non-Stop Begonias, Easter Mums and Garden Mums. Growing under 120,000 sqf of covered greenhouses.

Colorful Gardens

EMERALD FLORA

478 WEEKS AVE, MANORVILLE, NY 11949 (631) 874-8742

Emerald Flora is a wholesale greenhouse operation hidden in the woods of Manorville. We are a smaller operation that caters to the more diverse and specific needs of garden centers and landscapers, most notably specializing in quality accent plants used in container gardens.”  

Colorful Gardens

FRED GLOECKNER

171 ICELAND AVE, HUNTINGTON ST, NY 11746 (516) 982-5925

Fred C Gloeckner company has been committed to providing commercial growers with quality horticultural products from worldwide sources since 1934. Please contact  to learn about our latest offerings.

Colorful Gardens

LANDCRAFT ENVIRONMENTS

1160 EAST MILL RD, MATTITUCK, NY 11952 (631) 734-6832

We grow tropicals, tender perennials and unusual annuals as well as a few fairly common annuals. All the plants we grow thrive in our hot, humid summers and many perform well into the autumn months. .

Colorful Gardens

NF BOUTIQUE GARDENS

2450 ELIJAH’S LN, MATTITUCK, NY 11952 (631) 734-6832

North Fork Boutique Gardens is a wholesale supplier of premium landscape plants. Located on the North Fork of Long Island, NFBG operates on 17 acres in the Village of Mattituck. 

Colorful Gardens

VALLEY VIEW GREENHOUSES

229 SMITH RIDGE RD, SOUTH SALEM, NY 10590 (914) 533-2526

Valley View Greenhouses prides itself on growing high quality plants. We offer plants grown during the spring, summer and fall seasons and wrap up our year with awesome poinsettias

Colorful Gardens

WEBTRACK BY

BALL HORTICULTURAL

Ball WebTrack manages your business so you can have more time in your greenhouse and less time behind your desk. WebTrack offers the broadest selection of live online inventory, less paperwork, and online order management.