Green Infrastructure Training and Certification for Stormwater Management
- Chris Cardwell, Program Manager and Carl Stafford, Green Steward, from Bridging The Gap
- Green Infrastructure is a growing area of development that will soon provide major workforce opportunities throughout the nursery and landscape industries. Kansas City's premier environmental non-profit, Bridging The Gap was contracted in October 2017 by the City of Kansas City, MO to develop, train, and equip a specialized workforce focused on Green Stormwater Infrastructure operations and maintenance through their Green Stewards program. Now, nationally recognized professional credentials are available through the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP), developed by Washington, D.C. based Water Environment Federation and rolled out at full scale for the first time in 2018.
It All Starts With A Soil Test!
- Tamra Reall and Cory Creed, University of Missouri - Extension Center
- Get to know your soil, the medium holding the key to a successful vegetable garden, a lush lawn, and healthy trees, shrubs and flowers. Testing your soil removes the guesswork of what you already have and what you need, saving you money and is more environmental friendly.
Boxwood Blight Update
- Collin Wamsley, State Entomologist, Missouri Department of Agriculture
- Judy O'Mara, Director, Kansas State University Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
- Current information will be provided on identification and management of boxwood blight and regulator restrictions.
Updates from Johnson County Community College Horticulture Sciences
- Lekha Sreedhar, Professor/Chair JCC Department of Horticultural Sciences
Restoring Habitats for Monarchs and Pollinators
- Orley R. Chip Taylor, Director, Monarch Watch, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
- Monarch populations along with those of honey bees and native bees have noticeably declined over the last two decades. The need to restore habitats for these keystone species is clear. Studies indicate that sustaining the monarch migration will require the restoration of 1.4 BILLION milkweed stems in the upper midwest.
What's New From Gardeners Connect
- Brian Chadwick-Robinson, Executive Director of Gardeners Connect
To Get the Workforce You Need, Help Cure Plant-Blindness in Youth
- Susan Yoder, Executive Director of Seed Your Future
- You need staff. Across all of the nursery, landscape and horticulture industry - we all need staff. But qualified applicants are scarce. Seed Your Future, the national movement to promote careers in the green collar industry has tools and resources that are addressing the plant-blindness cure in youth and inspiring young people to consider careers working with plants. Join this lively session and receive tools you can use today so you’ll have a strong pipeline of talent tomorrow. Come prepared by visiting SeedYourFuture.org and Scholastic.com/BLOOM before the session.
KNLA/MoGIA Certified GreenPRO Town Hall
- Presenters include representatives from the Certified GreenPRO KS-MO Task Force
- The Kansas Nursery and Landscape Association (KNLA) and the Missouri Green Industry Alliance (MoGIA) started a conversation last year at the 2018 Western to discuss the development of a joint KS/MO Green Industry Professional Certification program. Since that time, a variety of avenues have been explored to update and combine the two state programs, including partnering with national certification programs and developing specialized, niche certifications. Join us to learn about the progress made so far and to share your ideas!