CALIF FLORA 2013
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2013 Legislative Action Day - Huge Success!
The California State Floral Association (CSFA) joined together with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and legislative and agriculture leaders for a celebration of California Agriculture Day on Wednesday, March 20th at the State Capitol.
A special thank you to our Ag Day Co-chairs, Allan Nishita and Marty Espe, Floral Fresh, Inc. for all their efforts in procuring the tremendous volume of gorgeous product that was distributed to every attendee waiting in line. CSFA would like to thank the California flower industry for donating the beautiful legislative bouquets. A huge thank you to the following schools and their students that designed over 3000 bouquets which were passed out at the event: Delta High School, Elk Grove High School, Esparto High School, Pleasant Grove High School and Woodland High School. Karen Genoud AIFD, CCF, Mt. Vernon Florist, and her staff created the gorgeous designs that were delivered to the Governor, Lt. Governor, President Protem, Speaker of the Assembly and the Secretary of Agriculture, as well as the brilliant designs that graced the stage at the Capitol.
The day began with the students visiting the office of Secretary of Agriculture, Karen Ross. It was truly a delight to observe Secretary Ross with all of the student volunteers. She expressed her appreciation for all that they do every day as Ambassadors for California Agriculture.
Students visiting with Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross
Ag Day 2013 was a huge success. Approximately forty-six booths were set up on the West side of the Capitol showcasing the wonderful diversity of agriculture in California. This is a highly anticipated activity for not only the Legislative staffers but others with offices in the downtown area. Products including strawberries, cheese, deviled eggs, and tri tip sandwiches could be sampled. However, as the long lines confirmed, the tradition continues with the CSFA booth being the favorite choice of attendees as they waited in line to take home a bouquet of beautiful California grown flowers!
Kasey Cronquist CEO/Ambassador CCFC, Richard Gourd, President, CSFA, Catherine Zikakis, Past President, CSFA, Ann Quinn CSFA EVP and Student Ambassadors preparing to deliver bouquets to Legislative offices
CSFA President, Richard Gourd, noted, "What a tremendous opportunity it is to be able to participate in California Ag Day and have so much fun distributing all of the flowers to over 3000 people who attended and visited our booth. The goodwill that was demonstrated by the California Floral Industry was priceless!"
Delivering a floral design to Governor Jerry Brown
The day closed with a "Salute To Ag" legislative dinner hosted by Ag Association Management Services and sixteen of our I Street Associations including CSFA at the Sutter Club in downtown Sacramento
Volunteers passing out floral bouquets
The California Floral Industry would like to thank the following companies for their generous donation of beautiful product for this event:
Legislative Action Day 2013 Product Sponsors
A & M Flower Growers, Inc.
Ag Day Stage
2013 Legislative Action Day
On behalf of the California Floral Industry, we would like to thank the following companies for co-sponsoring this event:
California Association of Flower Growers & Shippers
Each Legislative office was delivered a bouquet of flowers with the following information displayed in each bouquet:
California Flower Industry
Eager Student Ambassadors
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