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Native Plant Industry Retreat scheduled Friday, January 26, 2018 in Melbourne Beach

FANN and the Native Plant Horticulture Foundation jointly sponsor this opportunity for FANN members, potential members and friends of the native plant industry to look ahead, “think different” and explore new ideas for advancement. We welcome you to this event at the historic Melbourne Beach Community Center in Brevard County. Relax and have fun with your colleagues while taking a deep dive into the future of native plant business. This year’s programs explore novel business models and options for developing and expanding the native plant workforce. Open to FANN members and friends. $15 admission covers lunch & snacks.

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LOCATION: Melbourne Beach Community Center, 509 Ocean Ave, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951


Melbourne Beach is a small town on our barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon. The town is best known locally for its independent character, including height limitations and battles to preserve mom & pop businesses, and its multiple coastal natural habitats in and around the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, home to the largest nesting loggerhead and green sea turtle populations in the U.S. Beaches are quiet here, not crowded.

SCHEDULE

    Friday, January 26, 2017

  • 10:00am Check-in at Melbourne Beach Community Center
  • 10:30am FANNhunt – Get your creative juices flowing with this fun outside ice-breaker.
  • Noon Group Lunch & program – Green is the New Black
  • 1:00pm program – Low-Impact Landscape Maintenance – Solving the Big Gas Problem
  • 1:30pm program – Fleet Farming: urban farmlettes, native plants & the next generation
  • 3:00pm program – Recruiting & developing the native plant industry workforce
  • 4:30pm optional short walk through coastal strand
  • 6:30pm Group dinner at Cafe Coconut Cove
    Saturday, Jan. 27, 2017

  • 7:30am beach walk
  • 8:45am Coffee & breakfast snacks at Melbourne Beach Community Center
  • 9:00am recreational activities / FANN board meetings
  • 1:000m Native Plant Horticulture Foundation board meeting

PROGRAMS
Fleet Farming: urban farmlettes, native plants & the next generation
Caroline Chromanics, IDEASforUs Program Manager, will present a program on FleetFarming and how the native plant industry can join with the Grow Food! Not Lawns sustainability movement to expand our market. Fleet farming brings local, low carbon impact crops to urban areas. Learn more by watching this video.

Green is the New Black: Extension Goes to Prison
Lloyd Singleton, Sumter County IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Extension Agent, will talk about the Coleman Federal Correctional Facility’s horticulture education program focused on reducing recidivism through meaningful education and job skills, helping students be successful in re-entry to free society. Inmates obtain fertilizer application licensing and FNGLA horticulture professional certification.

Low-Impact Landscape Maintenance – Solving the Big Gas Problem
Ryan Scofield, FANN member and owner of Two Tired Services, an emissions & gas-free landscape company specializing in native plant installation and maintenance, will talk about his hyperlocal low carbon impact business model and its potential for expanding native plant services in urban and suburban markets.

Recruiting & developing the native plant industry workforce
Great workers are golden in our industry. How do we develop them? Many of our native plant businesses are past due for thinking about how to grow and sustain our operations by recruiting and developing great teams and future leaders. Take a deep dive discussion into the potentials for credentialing, certification, internships and apprenticeship programs to help us enhance and expand our workforce.

LODGING OPTIONS
There are multiple corporate and mom-and-pop lodging options on the barrier island between S.R. 518, Eau Gallie Causeway Blvd, and Sebastian Inlet. Below is a list of some but not all. This is snowbird season, so make your reservations soon.

UPSCALE & MOST CONVENIENT

Sea Glass Inn
Bed & breakfast, walk across street to retreat. Not on beach.
Ratings: Google 5/5, Booking.com 9.7/10 & TripAdvisor 5/5
$195-$250/night, 2 night minimum

Port d’Hiver Inn
Bed & Breakfast, 10 minute walk from retreat. Across street from beach.
Ratings: Google 4.9/5, Booking.com 9.7/10, TripAdvisor 5/5
$300+, 2 night minimum

Sea View Inn
Mom & pop on the beach. 9 minute drive from retreat.
Ratings: Google 4.7/5, Booking.com 9.4/10, TripAdvisor 4.5/5
$195+, 2 night minimum

MID-RANGE

Sea Scape Motel & Apartments
Mom & pop on the beach. 8 minute drive to retreat.
Ratings: Google 4.5/5, Booking.com 8.6/10, TripAdvisor 4.5/5
$92-125

Ocean Pines
Mom & Pop on the beach, 11 minutes from retreat
Ratings: Google 4/5, TripAdvisor 4/5
$110+

Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront
11 minutes from retreat
Ratings: Google 4.3/5, Booking.com 8.2/10, TripAdvisor 4/5
$159+

Double Tree Suites
8 minutes from retreat
Ratings: Google 4.3/5, Booking.com 8.5/10
$180+

Crowne Plaza
10 minutes from retreat
Ratings: Google 4.1/5, Booking.com 7.7/10
$175+

ECONOMY

Floridana Beach Motel
Older mom & pop with nearby access to beach
15 minutes to retreat
Ratings: Google 4.9/5, TripAdvisor 4.5/5
$90+

Surfcaster
Older mom & pop on the beach
13 minutes to retreat
Ratings: Google 4/5, TripAdvisor: 3/5
$85+