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Green Works/VNLA Winter Meeting and Trade Show – 2012

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 $15 additional for walk-in registration.

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8:00 – 9:00 am – Trade Show Registration

8:00 -10:30 am – VCH Exam

9:00 – 10:00 am Keynote Address w/ Julie Moir Messervy, President JMMDS

“Hearing the Stream….With Open Eyes” – Designing Relevant and Stimulating Landscapes in the Digital Age  – Are designed landscapes—those created and crafted by landscape professionals—losing relevance in today’s digital age?   Julie Moir Messervy believes that they will if designers don’t try harder to help get people outside again.  This author, noted lecturer, and award-winning designer has spent her thirty-five-year career inspiring—through her award-winning design work—and educating—through her numerous articles, her blog, and her six books on landscape design, along with hundreds of lectures.  Illustrating her points with her studio’s wide-ranging public and private projects, Ms. Messervy explains the five paths she’s taken to help homeowners and professionals to “hear the stream with open eyes.

10:00 – 10:30 – Visit with Vendors/Trade Show

10:30 – 11:30 am – Green Works Business Meeting (includes presentation of awards).

11:45 -12:30 pm – Industry Award Winners Presentation of Projects.

The winners of the 2011 Industry Awards Program will present their winning entries, complete with a description of their project and photos.

12:30 – 1:30 pm – Lunch Grand Maple Ballroom

1:45 – 2:45 pm – Concurrent Two Part Sessions

“No One Knows Your Business Better Than You . . . ”  Join Steve Paddock, Agribusiness Program Director from the VT Small Business  Development Center for a two-part workshop on evaluating your current business as well as looking forward to where you want to be in the future.  In order to grow and maintain a sustainable, profitable business in the current environment, you know you have to excel at a broad range of management and operating activities.   Just getting by won’t cut it in today’s competitive environment.

Steve will talk about some best practices and pitfalls in the areas of marketing, finance, human resource management, risk management, and strategic planning.  He’ll share ideas from both his own experience of successfully owning and managing businesses for over thirty years, plus his work with more than one hundred clients a year through the Vermont Small Business Development Center.


River Restoration: Involving Landscape Contractors in Recovery from Hurricane Irene”

Green Works is pleased to provide a two-part afternoon session on involving landscape contractors in the stream restoration projects on Irene-damaged streams.  The first session, “The Ever Changing River and Landscape” will be conducted by Staci Pomeroy, River Scientist with the Vermont River Management Section, and Ethan Swift, Watershed Coordinator with the Vermont Water Quality Division.  They will introduce landscape contractors to the fundamentals of how rivers work to move water and sediment through the landscape.  They will discuss broad landscape changes brought about by the record flooding in Spring 2011 and Irene in August 2011.

The second session,  “Bioengineering: Vegetative Techniques in Streambank and Slope Stabilization”, will be led by Daniel Redondo, Principal of Vermont Wetland Plant Supply.  Mr. Redondo will give landscape contractors a hands-on training on how to install live stakes, brush mattresses, brush layers, and brush fascines.  Mr. Redondo will bring examples of these materials and provide a hands-on training on how to install them.  The workshop will then close with a short question and answer session on how to find project work through a variety of sources, including towns, state agencies, and earthwork contractors.

2:45 – 3:15 pm. – Visit with Vendors/Trade Show

3:15-4:15 pm – Concurrent Sessions Continue

“No One Knows Your Business Better Than You. . .” w/ Steve Paddock – Part 2.


“Bioengineering: Vegetative Techniques for Streambank and Slope Stabilization” w/ Daniel Redondo.

Speaker Profiles

Julie Moir Messervy

Julie Moir Messervy is a noted landscape and garden designer, lecturer and principal of Julie Moir Messervy and Associates in Saxtons River, Vermont .  With thirty years of experience, five books and numerous high-profile lectures, Julie Moir Messervy has emerged as a leader of a movement in which landscape design is as much a personal journey as it is leaving a unique imprint upon the earth. She has inspired a new generation of homeowners, landscape designers and others to create personal gardens that reflect an inward vision deeply rooted in outdoor archetypes, childhood imagination and aesthetic impulses.

Messervy’s has written several books – her newest – Home Outside:  Creating the Landscape you Love  is now available for purchase at

Julie Moir Messervy also maintains a blog and website for JMMDS, the award-winning landscape design studio of which she is the principal designer.

Steve Paddock

Steve Paddock has a forty-year career in small business management and ownership.  He is the Vermont Small Business Development Center area business advisor for Addison County and the statewide director for Agribusiness Programs.  Earlier this year, he was selected to be the director of the Vermont Tech Enterprise Center business incubator in Randolph, VT.

He has served as a board member of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, Porter Hospital, Porter Medical Center, Porter Health Systems, the Bridge School Advisory Board, and as a Guardian Ad Litem in the Vermont Family Court system.

He earned a B.A. in Economics and Accounting from Hendrix College, and an M.B.A. degree from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

Staci Pomeroy

Staci Pomeroy is a river scientist with the State of Vermont’s River Management Program.  Staci graduated from UVM’s School of Natural Resources with a BS in Water Resources in 1999.  She started working with the State of Vermont Water Quality Department (VT-WQD) in 1995 through an internship.   Since starting with the VT-WQD, Staci has worked with the Lake Lay Monitoring Program, in the Biomonitoring Assessment Lab, and the River Management Program (RMP).   A  summer of  working with the NRCS in Lamoille County; doing river restoration projects, was the start of  working on rivers and getting involved by volunteering with the State River Management Program (RMP).  In the spring of 2001, Staci was hired by the RMP.  Staci works with the various agencies and groups in the northern part of Vermont and surrounding watersheds to help gather and make information about the rivers available for different goals and projects that are identified in the communities.

Ethan Swift

Ethan Swift received his Master’s of Science degree in Water Resources from the University of Vermont in 2000. Ethan has been a Watershed Planner with VT DEC since 2000, and has been coordinating basin planning activities in the southern Lake Champlain Basins, including the Poultney Mettowee, Lower Champlain Direct, and Otter Creek Basins. Prior to this, Ethan worked in the Aquatic Nuisance Species Program of the Water Quality Division and assisted Lake Associations with various water quality improvement projects. Ethan also serves on the Brandon Selectboard and was a past Commissioner on the Rutland Regional Planning Commission.

Ethan works with the various agencies and groups in the southern and western river basins in Vermont to conduct monitoring and assessment work and to implement high priority watershed protection and restoration projects. Ethan also co-sponsors and coordinates the seasonal work of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps to implement various projects in the southern Lake Champlain Basins.

Daniel C. Redondo

Daniel C. Redondo is the Principal, Senior Aquatic Ecologist of Vermont Wetland Plant Supply.  Daniel founded VWPS in 2007 as the only full service wholesale plant nursery and consulting firm in Vermont.  The nursery grows over 60 species of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants for the ecological restoration and stormwater management industries.  VWPS also provides dormant cuttings of willows, dogwoods, elderberry, and alder for riverbank and shoreline stabilization projects.  Daniel has twelve years of professional experience in providing scientifically driven solutions for ecological restoration and land development activities in Vermont, New England, and elsewhere in the United States.


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