Grow Native! Professional Conference 2020

Conference Agenda

In-person location: MU General Services Bldg., Room 194, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
Virtual location: Zoom

9:00 a.m.

-9:30 a.m.

Networking, visit exhibitors

9:30 a.m.

-9:50 a.m.

Welcome from Grow Native! Committee Chair Ronda Burnett

9:50 a.m.

-10:50 a.m.

Keynote: Forces of Nature: How Environmental Changes Impact Demand for Native Plants and Seed
Presenter: Elliott Deumler, Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries

Elliott Duemler provides native-plant industry leadership in the Midwest as the Native Perennial Manager at Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries. He oversees all aspects related to TCRN’s perennial plug production.  Elliott is passionate about all native plants, but his obsession is the Carex genera. He focuses on exceeding client expectations in quality and customer service as well as bringing more native plants to the horticultural trade.

10:50 a.m. –11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. –11:45 a.m.

Break

Living Native

Presenter: Dail Chambers, Coahoma Orchards

11:45 a.m.-

12:30 p.m.

If This Stream Could Talk

Presenters: Chris Sanders & Neil Eisenberger, Lamar Johnson Collaborative

12:30 p.m.

12:35 p.m.

2023 Grow Native! Ambassador Award Recognition

12:35 p.m.

-1:25 p.m.

Lunch, networking, visit exhibitors

1:25 p.m.

-1:55 p.m.

Photographing Plants and Native Landscapes

Presenter: Noppadol Paothong, MDC Photographer

1:55 p.m.

-2:40 p.m.

Business Positioning – What’s Your Story

Presenter: Robert Hendrickson, Owner at 3G Farm

2:40 p.m.

-2:45 p.m.

Break

2:45 p.m.

-3:30 p.m.

Transitioning Rights of Way from Mowers to Pollinators –
Benefits and Challenges

Presenters: Eric Hempel, Sustainability Manager, City of Columbia; Danielle Fox, Community Conservationist, City of Columbia; and Richard Stone, Engineering & Operations, City of Columbia Public Works

In-person event (MU General Services Building, Rooms 194A&B, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri) $20 per person for Grow Native! professional members (and their staff). Virtual event free for Grow Native! professional members and Missouri Prairie Foundation members, $30 for nonmembers. Admission to the in-person event includes a boxed lunch.

Not a member yet? Individuals can become members of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, and native plant businesses can become Grow Native! professional members.

For those who are part of the Grow Native! Professional Certification Program (GNPCP), the in-person conference counts for 5 CEUs. Register at the link above and see details about earning GNPCP CEUs here. If you have questions, please reach out to erika@moprairie.org

For native plant professionals wishing to become new Grow Native! professional members, your $30 conference registration fee will be deducted from your 2023 membership fee. Please contact grownative@moprairie.org for details.

Speaker Bios

 

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Elliott Duemler

Elliott Duemler provides native-plant industry leadership in the Midwest as the Native Perennial Manager at Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries. He oversees all aspects related to TCRN’s perennial plug production.  Elliott is passionate about all native plants, but his obsession is the Carex genera. He focuses on exceeding client expectations in quality and customer service as well as bringing more native plants to the horticultural trade.

Elliott received his degree from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he majored in General Resources Management. Prior to TCRN, Elliott interned at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, the Litzsinger Road Ecology Center; and worked as a Wilderness Surveyor for the USFS.  He currently sits on the board of the Green Rock Audubon society.

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Dail Chambers

Dail Chambers is a visual artist, creative consultant and grower.  Her visual art practice is a multimedia exploration in genealogy, women’s narratives and social environmental art. She has received numerous awards and fellowships throughout the United States. As a homeschooling, teaching artist she has traveled internationally, creating curriculum lesson plans to enhance and motivate inter-generational learning environments.

Her healing practice includes growing native plants and trees, herbs, and vegetables with trauma informed care and nutritional awareness. As an artist, Chambers utilizes many mediums to describe environmental issues, cultural awareness and ancestry. She uses her small mobile distribution and greenhouse space, Nu Mobile Healing to give wellness resources, flowers and more to her neighbors, adjoining North Saint Louis neighborhoods and satellite sister city Clarksdale, Mississippi.

 

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Noppadol Paothong

Noppadol Paothong is a nature/conservation photographer and an associate fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). The iLCP is an elite group of world’s top wildlife, nature, and culture photographers around the globe.

He is also a staff wildlife photographer with the Missouri Department of Conservation and contributes his images and stories to its high quality publication, Missouri ConservationistXplor, and many others. With a monthly circulation of over 500,000, the Missouri Conservationist is known as one of the largest and high quality state conservation magazines in the nation.

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Neil Eisenberger

As a Principal and Senior Project Manager for Lamar Johnson Collaborative, Neil is a team builder, critical thinker, and mentor. Neil focuses on design implementation and management of projects, and he has been a leader on local and international projects. His projects range from small community parks, urban plazas, streetscapes, greenways, and extensive community master planning. Many of his projects have involved community engagement with residents and stakeholders, a process in which Neil enjoys as consensus building from the surrounding communities makes for successful projects.

 

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Chris Sanders

Entering the design industry in 2013, Chris is an accomplished landscape architect with Lamar Johnson Collaborative who understands the design process’s complexity. His professional career includes experience in the public and private sectors, including corporate, parks & recreation, and civic amenities throughout all design phases. Chris’ experience in water resource management, hydrogeological research, and water quality bring an added dimension and measurable benefit to each project.

 

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Robert Hendrickson

Life comes full-circle. Robert’s horticulture journey began at a backyard garden center in Illinois for two reasons… knowledge and the employee discount. “I wanted to learn how to grow herbs and veggies, buy plants at a discount and create a self-sufficient farm in the process.” His back-to- the-land adventure was soon replaced by a true love of retail. “Getting people to buy stuff was a lot easier than canning enough food to last all winter.” What followed was fifteen years in the retail trenches of garden center operations, a decade as a consultant helping garden centers find their success groove, then fifteen years owning a company providing business services to 130 garden centers across the U.S. and Canada.
Now comes ten acres of gardens, woods and reconstructed prairies at 3GFarm in Hannibal, Missouri. “This time the focus is on gardens, goats and grandkids. “Wife Wendy gave me a plaque that hangs by our back door. It says… “I live in the garden. I just sleep in the house.”

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Danielle Fox

Danielle Fox is the City of Columbia’s Community Conservationist. Her work, partially funded by the Missouri Department of Conservation, supports the City’s natural resources, habitat and climate resilience projects.

 

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Eric Hempel 

Eric Hempel is the manager of the Office of Sustainability with the City of Columbia. He has worked for the City of Columbia’s Community Development and Utilities Departments.

Photos submitted by presenters

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