According to a press release, the Plant California Alliance has unveiled a new website, and it can be found at www.plantcalifornia.com. The Plant California Alliance, launched in March 2019, represents a unification of farmers, wholesalers, retail garden centers, landscape suppliers, manufacturers and other experts who work together to advocate for nurseries, horticulture and the California lifestyle. Included on the new website are details about Plant California Alliance’s activities, programs and mission. Nursery industry members can also learn more about how to join Plant California Alliance and the many benefits of membership.
“The Plant California Alliance believes that a strong, viable nursery industry is critical to life in California,” said Clayton Smith of Monterey Lawn & Garden who serves as chairman of the new organization. “Our organization benefits members in many ways and our new membership committee and Board have worked to establish a dues structure that is fair and easy to understand with memberships available to all sizes of growers, wholesalers, retailers and professionals throughout the nursery industry.”
The application for membership is available online or can be downloaded, printed and mailed into the organization’s headquarters in Sacramento, California. The website also provides an online portal for the state’s most respected certification and testing program for retail nursery employees. This program, known as CCN Pro, offers an opportunity for nursery employees to become more knowledgeable and helpful to customers as well as becoming a more valuable employee.
“Everything you need to know about becoming a CCN Pro is available on our new website and participants can now register for tests, buy study materials and download application forms online,” said Ann Quinn, who manages the CCN Pro program on behalf of the Plant California Alliance. “We are very excited to make this important program more accessible to nursery employees throughout the state and we encourage them to check out all of the information on the CCN Pro program through our new website.”
Other information available on the website includes a list of the Plant California Alliance Board members and staff; links to several organizations who work collaboratively with Plant California Alliance and information on available scholarship opportunities. Coming soon is an archive of important nursery industry research projects and information on upcoming events and networking opportunities for Plant California Alliance members.
In addition to the website, interested nursery industry members can follow Plant California Alliance on Facebook.