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Come to the Bay

2022 Theme: Water: It is Everybody’s Business

The 2022 Come to the Bay is scheduled for February 15 and 16 (Tuesday and Wednesday) with a service project on February 14. We are once again going to be at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Sheraton Hotel.

Sponsors:
Presenting: Agronomic Lawn Management, Lawn & Gardens Plus
Vendor: McGill Compost

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Monday, February 14 
Service Project (Number of Participants is Limited)

8:30 – Gather at Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Opening Program
     – Moderator: Wes Bray
     – Welcome: Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer
     – Welcome and Brief Overview: VTC Environmental Institute: Wes Bray or Ray Funkhouser
     – Welcome and Brief Overview: Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Katie McCarter
     – Welcome and Brief Overview: Lynnhaven River Now: Helen Kuhns
– Logistics of Planting: Michael Moore
9:00 AM – 11:00AM – Plant 15,000 American Beach Grass Plants
11:00AM – 1:00PM – Lunch and Program at the  Brock Environmental Center
1:00PM End

Tuesday, February 15
8:00 Classes Start
4:15 SOCIAL

Wednesday, February 16
THIS DAY IS FREE FOR VTC MEMBERS

Five Options – All are FREE for VTC Members
– Option One: Pesticide Recertification
– Option Two: Pesticide Certification – Exams will be GRADED ON SITE
– Option Three: Fertilizer Recertification
– Option Four: Fertilizer Certification
– Option Five: Industry Success in Virginia’s Cul-de-Sac

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Our Service Project has Grown

The 2021 Come to the Bay conference which is held each February on the Virginia Beach oceanfront initiated a service project as part of the event. We partnered with the City of Virginia Beach and provided and planted 6,000 American Beach Grass plants on sensitive oceanfront areas. That event was possible because of the generous contributions of Wes and Paula Bray.

The 2022 Come to the Bay Service Project is scheduled to grow exponentially! Once again, Wes and Paula Bray are generous sponsors! We are looking for others to join them in this expanded effort. And please join Agronomic Lawn Management and become a sponsor of Come to the Bay

The Service Project is expanding in three areas: partners, activities, and number of plants.
Partners: We are working with the City of Virginia Beach, Tidewater Community College, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Activities: After the planting, attendees will travel to the Brock Center for lunch and for presentations by students.
Plants: We provided and planted 6,000 plants last year. This year we doing 15,000!

Here is the rough schedule for the Service Project (note – the Come to the Bay Conference continues on Tuesday and Wednesday):
Date: Monday, February 14 (yes, this is Valentine’s Day – we will be finished by early afternoon)
Site: Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Lesner Bridge (Shore Drive in Virginia Beach)
Schedule:

8:30 – Gather at Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Opening Program
– Moderator: Wes Bray
– Welcome: Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer
– Welcome: VTC Environmental Institute: Wes Bray or Ray Funkhouser
– Welcome: Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Katie McCarter
– Welcome: Lynnhaven River Now: Barbara Gavin
– Logistics of Planting: Michael Moore
9:00 AM – 11:00AM – Plant 15,000 American Beach Grass Plants
11:00AM – 1:00PM – Lunch and Program at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center
1:00PM End

 

8:30 – Gather at Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Opening Program
     – Moderator: Wes Bray
     – Welcome: Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer
     – Welcome: VTC Environmental Institute: Wes Bray or Ray Funkhouser
     – Welcome: Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Katie McCarter
     – Welcome: Lynnhaven River Now: Barbara Gavin
     – Logistics of Planting: Michael Moore
9:00 AM – 11:00AM – Plant 15,000 American Beach Grass Plants
11:00AM – 1:00PM – Lunch and Program at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center
1:00PM End

Take a look at the American Beach Grass plants from our first Service Project!
Link to Page Full of Photos from 2021 Service Project