Joint Winter Meeting

A Cooperative effort by NHLA, NHPGA, and UNH Cooperative Extension

January 17, 2018
Grappone Center, Concord, NH
8:00 am to 3:30 pm

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Directions to the Marriott Grappone Center


Registration, Refreshments, Visit Vendor Booths
and get your card stamped to be entered in the raffle drawing.
Network and see something new. Drop in on one or all three.

Extension and research updates: What’s New in Greenhouse Production?
Facilitators: Ryan Dickson and Chris Schlegel
Learn and discuss fertilizer strategies to promote consumer success, new wood chip and fiber growing media, and understanding the “pH personality” of your crops.

Think Like a Bee! Best Plants for Pollinators
Facilitator: Cathy NealMake the most of your pollinator garden or meadow by learning about the relative attractiveness of natives, non-natives and certain nativars to bees. Learn how to design a meadow that will provide floral resources for pollinators from May through October.

Benefits of becoming Certified as a NH LandscapeProfessional Facilitator: Cori Cahow, NHCLP
Meet with members of the certification committee for a brief discussion of the importance of becoming a certified professional. We will run through the many benefits that will overall improve the way you run your business or perform for your employer.


Satisfying the Consumer: What they (really) Want and How Retailers, Growers, and Landscapers Can Provide It
Presenter: Jen Polanz

Jen Polanz is Managing-Editor-At-Large for Green Profit Magazine and has been writing about the Green Industry for 15 years. She has travelled nationally and internationally to visit garden centers, growers, and provide educational seminars. Jen will cover consumer trends, technology customers want at retail, how growers can meet consumer needs, and how landscapers can match the right plants to their customers.

10:30-10:45 Plant Something New Hampshire!
Felicia LeBranch, Program Director, Plant Something NH, will provide updates and how you can benefit from New Hampshire’s new green industry marketing program.
10:45-11:00 Break  

Heirloom and Native Plants: A Living History
John Forti is Executive Director of Bedrock Gardens in Lee, NH, and former Director of Horticulture for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. He is a garden historian, ethnobotanist, and local food movement leader. John will illustrate the history, significance, and future of the plants that define our Northeast landscapes.

12:00-12:45 Lunch Buffet  
12:45-1:00 Announcements: NHLA, NHPGA, and UNHCE Updates.
Raffle drawing: turn in your stamped card by 12:45 to be eligible.
1:00-1:15 Future Farmers of America
Meet the students of Future Farmers of America and the next leaders of the green industry! Students will discuss the program and how you can benefit.

Regulations, Licensing, and Certifications: Working with the Industry to Provide Better Plants and Services *
David Rosseau, Piera Siegert, and Morgan Dube from NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets, and Food

Speakers will discuss pesticide licensing and revisions to the Worker Protection Standard, the Plant Dealer/Landscaping licensing program, and the new Systems Approach to Nursery Certification (SANC) program.


Keys to Success(ion)
Erin Pirro, CAC, Farm Credit East

You business is more than just a business – it’s part lifestyle, paycheck, hobby, retirement plan, and more (and hopefully part fun!). Erin will discuss keys to building a solid framework so that your business provides for you well into the future, whether you work there or not.


A Grower’s Perspective on Native Perennials
Peter van Berkum, co-owner of Van Berkum Nurseries, Deerfield, NH
Peter will discuss the challenges of growing and selling native plants. With growing interest in natives and pollinator plants and the debate about the ecological value of “”nativars,” this is a subject that is getting a lot of consideration by plantologists.

Utilizing Beneficial Microbes in a Systems Approach to Plant Disease Management*  
Dr. Anissa Poleatewich, Plant Pathologist, University of New Hampshire
Learn how plants and soil microbes interact in their environment and how you can benefit. Identify best management practices when using biological pest control in your business and tips for success.

3:30 Pesticide credit certification forms; turn in program evaluations, adjourn
  *One Pesticide Credit will be awarded for each of the talks indicated.
Be sure to sign the registration sheet at the beginning
and pick up your certificate at the end of the session.
2 NHCLP Credits awarded for attending Conference.

Registration Details

Pre-Registration Deadline: January 7. No refunds after this date.

Cost: $65.00 per person if paid in full by January 7, 2018. Price includes lunch.
After the 7th and at the door the cost will be $80 per person.
Walk ins are accepted on a space-available basis and and lunch is not guaranteed.
Note: a reservation made is a reservation guaranteed. No shows will be billed. Thank you for your understanding.

RSVP by January 11, 2017
You can pay online with Pay Pal or call the Farm Bureau at 603-224-1934 to use a credit card.
Online registration

To pay by check, call the Farm Bureau to register.

Questions about registration should be directed to the NH Farm Bureau, 603-224-1934

Questions about vendor displays and arrangements should be directed to Mike McPhail,

For other questions, please call 603-862- 2520 or email

For any special arrangements including dietary, physical access, or other accommodation requests, including the ability to pay, please contact UNHCE at 603-862-3200. Ten working days are needed to facilitate special needs requests

This program is a collaborative effort among the
NH Landscape Association, NH Plant Growers Association, and UNH Extension.

Program planning committee:

Ryan Dickson, UNH Extension
Cathy Neal, UNH Extension
Chris Schlegel, NHPGA
Linda Zukas, NHPGA
Mike McPhail, NHPGA
Jon Batson, NHLA

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

University of New Hampshire, U.S. Department of Agriculture and N.H. counties cooperating.