You probably have questions.
You might wonder why going to Washington, D.C. is important.
You might wonder if it is time well spent.
You might want to talk to someone who has gone before.
And you should!
Feel free to reach out to any one of our fly-in alums who have experienced our annual effort to raise the profile of America’s flower farmers. Ask them why they went, what they learned and if they felt like it made a difference. If there isn’t anyone you know, let us know, and we’ll put you in touch with them.
Any of our past attendees would be happy to answer your questions and share just how valuable this effort and experience is, as we advocate for the collective future of America’s flower farming families.
Misty Welborn of Mellano & Co. was a first time attendee last year. She’d love to share her experience with you.
Rita Jo Shoultz of Alaska Perfect Peony in Homer, AK is a fly-in alum with a lot of experience working on Capitol Hill.
Tony Ortiz of Joseph & Sons in Santa Paula, CA cut his teeth in Washington, D.C. politics at the annual flower farmer fly-in. He’s become a veteran to the advocacy effort.
Pamela Arnosky of Texas Specialty Cut Flowers in Blanco, TX attended for the first time last year and would be happy to share her experience meeting with members of Congress and their staff..
Benno Dobbe of Holland America Flowers in Woodland, WA serves as the chair of the California Cut Flower Commission Governmental Affairs Committee and returns year after year to advocate for America’s flower farmers.
David Van Wingerden of Westland Orchid in Carpinteria, CA is a repeat attendee and believes in the advocacy effort as necessary for his future success.
David Russell of Boreal Peonies in Fairbanks, AK has returned year after year to help wave the flag for America’s flower farmers.
David Beahm of Thistle Dew Farms in Quakertown, PA.
Frank Arnosky of Texas Specialty Cut Flowers in Blanco, TX attended for the first time in 2017 to help advocate for flower farmer friendly policies.
Ko Klaver of the Botanical Trading Company in Washington, D.C. is a firm believer that advocating makes a difference.
Tom Vollering of Sunshine Floral in Oxnard, CA has continued to help represent the American flower farmer during our fly-in efforts.
Rene Van Wingerden of Ocean Breeze Farms in Carpinteria, CA has a lot to say when he is meeting with members of Congress.
Michael Genovese of Summer Dreams Farms in Oxford, MI is a huge proponent for lobbying in Washington, D.C. He would welcome your phone call.
Dan Vordale of Ocean View Flowers of Lompoc, CA is a past chair of the CCFC and a long time believer in working together to make a difference. As a Commission leader, he’s had a long tenure of experience with how Washington works.
Betty Josyln of Josyln Peonies in Homer, AK was a first time attendee in 2017 and the first to sign up in 2018. What does that tell you?
Timothy Du Four of Petal Patch Flower Farm in Walkersville, Maryland joined us last year for the first time and is already set to go again!
You’ll enjoy being a part of a team that is working together to raise the profile of the American flower farmers within Congress and beyond.
You won’t go it alone. We will ensure that you’ll have plenty of support as we advocate together.