RINLA Winter Meeting – Growing for the Future: Cultivating Healthy Businesses

Shannon Brawley RINLA Executive Director and Heather Faubert, URI Extension Fruit Specialist and 2014 RINLA Award of Merit winner. Photo by Nora Lewis

Shannon Brawley and Heather Faubert, 2014 RINLA Award of Merit winner. Photo by Nora Lewis

The Rhode Island Nursery & Landscape Association (RINLA) held its 2-day annual Winter Meeting Growing for the Future: Cultivating Healthy Businesses” at the University of Rhode Island (URI) in January, 2014. Experienced landscapers, nursery growers, Extension professionals, University researchers and industry representatives shared their experience with over 200 attendees each day. Speakers offered business tips, industry innovations as well as pest and disease alerts.


More than a dozen educational and hands-on workshops covered landscape businesses management and plant health care in today’s changing environment while inspiring audiences with gorgeous public gardens and plants.

Keynotes Ed Laflamme & Bill Arman, Harvest Landscape Consulting spoke on “Landscape Businesses: How the Business World is Changing & Capture Your Share of New Opportunities. Audiences learned about past and future plant responses to climate change from State Climatologist at UMaine, George Jacobson. Arborists and other landscape professionals learned how to manage trees for wind stability from Dr. Mark Rudnicki, UConn Forest Ecology Professor. With increasing storm intensity, it is more important than ever to protect trees and power lines. Learn more here.


About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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