BOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo will feature educational sessions offered in Spanish on November 3, 2021.
- Working Efficiently and Effectively, Trabajando de Manera Eficiente y Efectiva Gerson Coates, Flow Vision
- Principals of IPM in Ornamental Crops, Principios de Manejo Integrado de Plagas (MIP) en Cultivos Ornamentales, Vanessa Campoverde, University of Florida
- Tips to Ensure Consumer Success with Compact Fruiting Vegetables, Consejos para garantizar el éxito del consumidor con vegetales compactos para jardinería de interior y en patios, Celena Gomez, University of Florida
- Pest Scouting in Nursery Production, Monitoreo de plagas en la producción de viveros, Vanessa Compoverde, University of Florida
Meet the presenters
Gerson Coates 36 years of Lean Flow Manufacturing experience includes actual implementations in factories where he worked at as well as guiding Lean Flow implementations in companies around the world. In 1998 Gary, with three other partners founded FlowVision, LLC, – The Lean Business & Supply Chain Consulting Group. He has implemented in companies that produce as few as 1 product a day in the semiconductor capital equipment industry to as many as 20 billion coins a year at the US Mint. His experience ranges from high tech, high volume to machine intensive, low volume, make to order industries. Some of the products that he implemented Lean Flow on include: Ultrasound and cat-scan medical equipment, sanitary ware, semiconductor capital equipment, networking equipment, SMT lines, leather, and electromechanical equipment.
E. Vanessa Campoverde is a bilingual University of Florida/ (IFAS) Educator. She has provided training to growers and green industry professionals in south Florida since 2011. Ms. Campoverde began her career in agriculture in 2001 working at The International Potato Center in Peru. After graduating with her Master’s in Plant Pathology from the University of Florida, she worked as a plant research scientist for the Plant Diagnostic Clinic at the Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, FL. Campoverde has gained invaluable experience in leadership and agricultural projects involving research, teaching and Extension appointments in collaboration with research institutions, society organizations, academia, and private industry. Interacting with local, national, and international audiences in Latin America and USA. Vanessa was recipient of the UF/IFAS Award for Excellence in Internationalizing Extension, and Florida Association of County Agricultural Agents Young Professional Award among other awards.
Dr. Celina Gómez has a BS from Zamorano University in Honduras, a MS from the University of Arkansas, and a PhD from Purdue University. She joined the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida in late 2016, where she has research (60%) and teaching (40%) responsibilities. She leads a cross-commodity research program that supports specialty crop production in Controlled Environments. Her area of expertise is plant lighting and hydroponics. Celina teaches ‘Greenhouse and Nursery Crop Culture’ and co-teaches ‘Hydroponic Systems’ and ‘Advanced Controlled Environment Plant Production’. Dr. Gómez is the University representative for the NCERA-101 (Committee on Controlled Environment Technology and Use) and the NE-1835 (Resource Optimization in Controlled Environment Agriculture). She also serves as faculty advisor to the Zamorano Alumni Association at UF, comprised of international graduate students and staff.
The biennial Northeast Greenhouse Conference & Expo is co-sponsored by New England Floriculture, Inc. – a group of grower representatives from the Northeast, augmented by University and Cooperative Extension staff in each state who specialize in greenhouse crops and management.
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