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MNLA 2016 Annual Meeting


When: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Starting at 9am
Where: Holiday Inn Boxboro
242 Adams Pl
Boxboro, Massachusetts  01719
United States
Rena Sumner

Phone: (413) 369-4731


February 3rd is the extended individual pre-registration deadline for our upcoming Annual Meeting. Don't delay and register today! You can still register online until February 7 to save time in lines and of course, we always welcome walk-in registrations on the day of the meeting. Registration beginning February 4 will be $35 student/educator; $75 MNLA/MCH; $95 Non-Member. Thank you!



Dreams & Solutions: MNLA Green Industry Career Fair • 9AM–12PM

More than 30 Green Industry businesses on hand to discuss job openings and careers in the nursery, greenhouse & landscape field

Schedule of Events

7:30 AM Set up & Registration Opens: Complimentary Coffee

8:00 AM Human Resources "Birds of a Feather" – Round table issues & solutions This is a 30 minute program
The early "Birds Of A Feather" session is intended as a collegial discussion of policies and practices that facilitate recruitment and retention of employees. This discussion will center around three major topics: 1. Using social networking as a recruitment tool 2. Topics related to the Massachusetts Sick Leave Law and to other paid-time-off 3. Professional development of staff.

The discussion will be moderated by Ray LaFrance. Attendees are asked to come prepared to contribute their thoughts, questions, needs, practices, and resource references related to those topics. It is our hope to promote sharing of best practices that can help all green-industry companies make the case for attractive career opportunities in our industry. 
Where? The Career Fair Gazebo

8:30 AM The Moth's Among Us!  By Tawny Simisky, Entomologist UMass Extension *pesticide credit requested This is a 50 minute program
A quick review of the order Lepidoptera and some common families found in the Northeastern United States. We will look more deeply into some common pest species, including winter moth (Operophtera brumata), gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar), forest tent caterpillar (Malacosoma disstria), and more. The discussion will include review of host species impacted, the damage these insects cause, and options for control highlighting the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

Tawny (Virgilio) Simisky recently joined UMass Extension as the Woody Ornamental Entomology Specialist. Her work will consist of the development of resources and implementation of educational programs for landscapers, arborists and grounds managers as well as provide entomological and diagnostic support to the UMass Plant Diagnostic Lab and the Green Industry in Massachusetts
Where? The Seminar Room

9:00 AM MNLA Green Industry Career Fair Opens
Visit with Green Industry businesses to discuss job openings and careers opportunities in the nursery, greenhouse & landscape field.

9:30 AM Essentials of Plant I.D. for Woody Plant Material by Ed Bemis, MCH, Bemis Farms Nursery This is a 50 minute program
Sharpen your skills and take away tips for successful woody plant identification. In this session you will review leaf arrangement and shape, bud types and twig features. Use your expanded plant ID knowledge to help prepare you for the MCH exam on February 24th.
Where? The Colonial Room

9:30 AM Landscaping in Wetlands by Matt Schweisberg, PWS, Wetland Strategies & Solutions, LLC. This is a 50 minute program
Learn how the Wetland Protection Act effects landscaping in and around wetlands. Matt will provide examples of effective wetland plantings as well as the plants that enhance them.
Where? The Seminar Room

10:30 AM Engagement Marketing for Small Business Success by Katherine JasmineThis is a 50 minute program
Learn how to effectively and affordably use email, social media, and an optimized website to grow your business. Katherine Jasmine, owner of MarketingFIRST will also show you how you can effectively utilize social media in your recruitment and hiring process.
Where? The Seminar Room

10:30 AM How'd they do that?  by Wisteria & Rose
A close up look at urban roof decks that showcase glamour and elegance. Ever wonder how they reach that status? Find out what it takes to get everything up there and installed and thriving? From start to finish, get a glimpse of “How we really do that?”

Wisteria & Rose is an accredited organic land care company that has been greening the Boston area since 2001.
Where? The Colonial Room

11:30 AM Co Op Programs & Internships for Great Employees by Joe Pitta
This is a 30 minute program
Join Joe Pitta, Coordinator of workforce development at Minuteman High School for a snap shot look at opportunities on how you can build an internship program within your local community.
Where? The Career Fair Gazebo 

Noon MNLA Annual Meeting luncheon & business meeting

1:00 PM Keynote Speaker – Forget Me Not’s by Tom Strangfeld
It took years, but I finally understood that there are basic rules that you'd better pay close attention to if you want to be successful. This presentation will introduce you to many of the 'Forget-Me-Nots ' that I've learned by suffering the consequences of forgetting them.

Since 1976, I’ve had the good fortune to practice as a designer and builder of landscapes and gardens in and around the city of Boston, Massachusetts. I've planted in the Public Garden; built exhibits in the Boston Flower Show; built a cave for a rock star; taught at Radcliffe College; made a planting for Jim Crockett; and designed and built a little kitchen garden for a lovely couple in Jamaica Plain. I've learned much from my teachers, clients and colleagues. My goal now is to share both the lessons and experiences I've gathered. Whether as a landscape designer, teacher or Yardwalker, I'll do the best I can to make our time together something you’ll learn from and enjoy!
Where? The Federal Room “Immediately following the MNLA Annual Meeting”


DISCLAIMER: Although every reasonable effort is made to provide the speakers, topics, and sessions listed, some changes or substitutions may occur. Speakers and sessions are subject to cancellation or change up to and including the day the session(s) are scheduled to be held. Changes or cancellations are made at the discretion of MNLA and may be done without notifying attendees. If sessions are changed or canceled no refunds should be expected. Submission of the registration form acknowledges acceptance of this provision.



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