The Shinoda Foundation has awarded twelve scholarships to horticulture students from across the country.
“The Shinoda Foundation was created to help secure the future not only of horticulture, but of aspiring young growers, researchers, breeders, retailers and more,” said foundation president Bob Otsuka“Fortunately, awarding these scholarships continues to be challenging, as we review academics, goals, extracurriculars, experience and need in a talented pool of applicants.”
The 2018-19 Shinoda Foundation Scholarship winners include:
• Ruqayah Bhuiyan, junior, University of Georgia, $2,000
• Ryan Murphy, senior, Clemson University, $2,000
• Gage Willey, senior, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, $2,000
• Jacob Mattlin, senior, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, $1,500
• Emily Currens, senior, University of Georgia, $1,000
• Olivia Fiala,senior, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, $1,000
• Sarah Houtsma, senior, University of Georgia, $1,000
• Joanna Lambert, senior, Louisiana State University, $1,000
• Karen Schneck, senior, Kansas State University, $1,000
• Connor Evers, sophomore, Iowa State University, $500
• Jessica Petree, senior, University of Missouri, $500
• Sean Tarr, senior, Michigan State University, $500
In addition, the Foundation awarded a $1,000 California Floral Council Scholarship to Cal Poly University senior Jacob Mattlin. The award is available only to applicants residing in California.
Since 1965, The Shinoda Foundation has awarded more than $867,000 in scholarships to 697 students. Along with the individual awards, the foundation also awards a grant to each student’s college or university.
During the month of October, as part of its Sakata Gives Corporate Giving Program, Sakata Seed America, a world leader in breeding and producing vegetable and flower seed, participated in two walks, including a special Sakata coordinated campus walk, to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the American Heart Association.
On the morning of Oct. 20, Sakata Seed America staff, friends and family joined the annual American Heart Association Central Coast Heart & Stroke Walk. The 5K walk commenced at the Depot Lot and continued along the scenic coastal pathway located in Monterey, California. More than 275 Central Coast residents and visitors gathered for the annual Heart Walk to raise life-saving funds and awareness for heart disease and stroke. The event which included 19 teams, including Team Sakata, raised more than $44,000. Team Sakata raised $3,772 for the walk, earning the titles of Top Team, Top Company and Top Walker (Jamie Kitz). Funds raised from the Heart Walk will benefit research, advocacy, outreach and education.
In addition, on the morning of Oct. 3. the Sakata staff stepped out at their own regional offices for a companywide Heart Walk staged at seven of their campuses throughout the United States, including major locations in Yuma, Arizona , Morgan Hill, California, Salinas, California, Woodland, California, Ft. Myers, Florida, Mt. Vernon, Washington, and Burlington, Washington. A first for Sakata and the American Heart Association, Sakata’s coordinated campus walk was the ‘heartchild’ of Jamie Kitz, Program Manager for Sakata Gives, the company’s Corporate Giving Program. Kitz states, “Partnering with strong community-minded organizations like the American Heart Association speaks to the essence of the Sakata Gives. We love engaging in our communities through activities that contribute to the betterment of both life and culture.”
To encourage and thank walkers, 400 colorful tulips were generously donated by Sun Valley Floral Farm. Participants were thrilled to walk away with gorgeous blooms that made for even happier hearts! Sakata was pleased to build awareness and comradery at their own facilities and blaze a new trail in fundraising for the American Heart Association.
Overall, roughly 110 Sakata employees participated in the two walks and raised over $4,900 for the cause.
For more information on the Heart & Stroke Walk visit centralcoastheartwalk.org
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Bailey Nurseries is acquiring Carlton Plants as of Oct. 31. As a continuation of its principle of Growing What’s Next, Bailey places a strong focus on supplying the grower market with top quality plants supported by excellent service. Integrating one of the industry’s most well-respected bareroot growers into the Bailey organization offers customers an expanded product portfolio with the same quality and service they have come to expect.
"Carlton Plants is very fortunate to have so many great employees, customers, and colleagues with whom strong relationships have been developed over the past 128 years," said Carlton general manager Jon Bartch. "Carlton remains very strong and healthy because of them. With respect to these relationships, and as a business owner, there is a responsibility to consider the longer term future of the company. I am excited to share this future with another relationship-focused organization such as Bailey.”
Second-generation Bailey Nurseries owner Gordon Bailey Sr. purchased Carlton Plants in 1984 before his grandson [Bartch] purchased the company in 1997. This thread of common family ownership between Bailey and Carlton, as well as the already collaborative relationship between the companies, has laid the foundation for a smooth integration into one organization under the Bailey umbrella.
"We have many common core values, making this a natural fit,” adds Bailey president Terri McEnaney. "Our joint commitment to service and quality will be a great benefit to our expanded customer and employee base, and we look forward to bringing our teams together to support the long-term success of Bailey and our customers. This is an incredibly exciting time and we are thrilled to create new opportunities with the combined resources of Carlton and Bailey."
Throughout the integration process, Jon Bartch will remain on board alongside Bailey and Carlton leadership. Customers can expect a smooth transition with all 2019 ordering and shipping processes unchanged. During this time, long-term transition plans will be established for the most efficient integration of people and systems.
"The entire Bailey family has great respect and admiration for what has been built at Carlton, and we are grateful that Bailey has the opportunity to continue its legacy,” Terri McEnaney said. "Jon’s intentional decision for Carlton to continue as a plant nursery speaks volumes to his character, and I am confident that if our grandfather were here today, he would be pleased to see this next evolution for Bailey and Carlton."
Editor's note: Watch NurseryMag.com for more specifics on the acquisition and transition as it develops.
Photo: Jon Bartch and Terri McEnaney, provided by Bailey.
On Oct. 10, the Vineland Research & Innovation Centre released its 2018-19 innovation report, free to those interested.
This year's report covers Vineland's research programs on indoor sweet potato production, greenhouse tomato research aimed at getting a better-tasting tomato on the market and biocontrol research for flower growers. It also features two case studies from Vineland. The first is on bringing world crops - products that are not typically grown in Canada - to Canadian market and its potential economic impact. The second is on greening Canada's roadways through tree planting.
The 2018-19 report can be downloaded here.
Photo courtesy of Vineland Research & Innovation Centre