Session 1: ISA Credit Hours Approved. Restoration and Contract Growing for Supplemental Income Session
Looking for new ways to supplement the income of your Horticulture budget? Restoration projects are becoming more common throughout the US. Botanic and Public gardens are uniquely poised to fill a niche growing plants for these projects. Learn tricks the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has up their sleeves, using contract growing to conjure supplemental income to support nursery operations. Hear tips and recommendations to help evaluate if contract and restoration growing could benefit your Garden. (This session has been approved for continuing education credit hours by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).
Session 2: Pulling a Rabbit out of a Hat - Recruiting Labor out of Thin Air Session
Who doesn’t want 3,000 hours of FREE labor? The AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is a relatively untapped resource in the botanical garden world. These teams are friendly, productive, and motivated groups of 18-24 year olds who are up for anything from large physical projects to daily garden routines. This presentation will directly address how to apply, prepare for, and utilize a NCCC team in a botanical garden setting. It will also discuss some of the potential pitfalls to be aware of when considering welcoming one of these teams.