CCFC’s 2012: Pictures of Progress

2012’s Pictures of Progress

Before we launch into our New Year’s resolutions for 2013, its important to take a moment and look back on what was in 2012.  Here are just some of the great images that I believe captured the efforts and accomplishments of the CCFC in 2012.  I am going to try my best to keep it to one per month.


Rose Parade Ambassadors
Our 2012 team of Flower Farmer Ambassadors in Pasadena for the first ever “CA Grown” Rose Parade Float Certification. Left to Right: Mike Mellano Sr., Diana Roy, Lane DeVries, Rene Van Wingereden, Mel Resendiz, June Van Wingerden and Mike A. Mellano.


LA Flower Market
Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez stands with members of the American Floral Exchange Board of Directors in recognition for 90 years of the LA Flower Market. Pictured left to right: Johnny Mellano, John Williams, Speaker John Pérez, Mike A. Mellano, Christine Duke and Jim Mellano.


A delegation of California’s Flower farmers participating in SAF’s Congressional Action Days and meeting with Congresswoman Lois Capps. Left to Right: John Donati, Lane DeVries, Congresswoman Capps, Anthony Vollering and myself.


2012 Fly-in
California’s flower farmers rally in Washington DC for the CCFC 2012 Fly-in.
Rene Van Wingerden and Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal share a moment during the Carpinteria Greenhouse Open House VIP Tour.
Guest panelists for the 2012 Carpinteria Greenhouse Open House VIP Tour & Media Day. Santa Barbara Supervisor Salud Carbajal emceed the event and panelists included (left to right) Congresswoman Lois Capps, Southern California Gas Company’s Gwen Marelli, Santa Barbara County Ag Commissioner Cathy Fisher and CCFC District 3 Commissioner June Van Wingerden.


Feinstein Chamber
Fred Van Wingerden and I follow up with Senator Dianne Feinstein during a Santa Barbara Chamber luncheon.


Participants and special guests join Congressman Sam Farr and CCFC District 2 Commissioner Jennifer Everett in cutting the ceremonial ribbon during the Monterey Bay Greenhouse Open House VIP & Media Day event at California Floral Greens.


Little Monterey Girl
A little girl poses with her gerbera daisy and CA Grown sticker during the 2012 Monterey Bay Greenhouse Open House Tour.


July Farm Tours
Farm Tours in July. Right to left, top to bottom: Molly O’Brien from Senator Feinstein’s office with Joe Ortiz Sr. and Fred Van Wingerden. Secretary Karen Ross with Rene Van Wingerden. Mike A. Mellano with Assemblywoman Toni Atkins and APC delegation. Adaline Maushardt with Congressman Issa’s office with Jason Kendall and Diana Roy and Mel Resendiz.
Janice's Graduation
CCFC’s Program Business Manager Janice Wills Curtis graduates from the US Chamber Institute of Organization Management program and receives her “IOM.”


Building award winning floats takes months and months of planning. Here the CalPoly Universities’ Rose Float team tours Pyramid Flowers in Oxnard. Pictured is Marco Van Wingerden, a CalPoly alum.



CCFC’s Sylvia Cup sponsorship where America’s best flowers are paired with America’s best designers.


Above: Remarks during WF&FSA’s Breakfast meeting in Miami.
Below: Photo with CCFC Chair Lane DeVries in the Sun Valley booth at PMA.


Farr and Janet
Congressman Sam Farr with Janet Louie and her mom, Tomi Matsuno, during November’s meeting with the Congressman at Green Valley Floral.



Lane and Press
CCFC Chair Lane DeVries of Sun Valley speaks with NBC LA reporter Ted Chen regarding the Commission’s work to bring CA Grown flowers back to the Rose Parade.
The California Flower Farmer Ambassadors and CalPoly Deco Chairs join CDFA Secretary Karen Ross in recognizing the student’s of CalPoly Universities and their efforts to have a “CA Grown” certified float for the 2013 Rose Parade.


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