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Changing the Game: Entrepreneurs 35 and Younger Share Their Outlook on the Industry

Some common threads you’ll often find in entrepreneurs’ stories are a desire to be their own boss and a background of starting side hustles from a young age. For instance, Quinn Kampf, 26, owner of White Pine Landscaping, based in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, started his first business when he was six. He dabbled in […]

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Coming Off the High of NCLC with David Grover and Jenn Myers: Season 3, Episode 44 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 3, episode 44 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Miles Kuperus at Include Software, Neal Glatt with GrowTheBench and Brett Lemcke with R.M. Landscape talk with David Grover, branch manager of Pacific Landscape Management as well as Jenn Myers, senior director of workforce development with NALP. As a branch manager […]

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Faces of the Industry: Anthony Mak

Nine years ago, Anthony Mak was working at a banquet hall and wanted to try something new. He saw Chalet, based in Wilmette, Illinois, had an opening for an integrated pest management spray technician. “Though I had no experience, Chalet was willing to provide training and this became the start of my new career,” Mak […]

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Faces of the Industry: Triston Parsons

To Triston Parsons, landscaping isn’t just a commodity. He sees the value that plants add to a person’s home and life. Parsons developed a love for beautiful landscapes as he grew up helping care for his family and his grandparents’ properties. In high school, he started knocking on doors and quickly had 15 yards that […]

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‘Opportunity of a Lifetime’: One Young Professional’s Journey in the Landscape Industry

Brooke Garcia began her college journey at Kansas State University in the College of Architecture. While inside the studio, she would see other students taking classes outside studying plants. Uninspired by architecture, she knew she wanted a career path that would still allow her to be creative. When she saw landscape design listed as an […]

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The Importance of Mentors and How to Grow in Your Landscape Industry Career

Jay Rotonnelli has been in the landscape industry for 32 years. He has worked his way up through the years holding positions such as supervisor, account manager and co-managed a maintenance department as well. He grew up helping his family on their 31-acre apple orchard. When the property owner came to develop their orchard, they […]

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Taking the Leap with a Start-Up Company with Joseph Mills Season 2, Episode 34 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 2, episode 34 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts, Neal Glatt, managing partner of GrowTheBench, Brett Lemcke, VP of R.M. Landscape and Macey Robinson with LandCare, talk with Joseph Mills, owner of Riverside Landscape and Design LLC. Mills started Riverside Landscape and Design, LLC in 2019, right after he graduated […]

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NALP Attends 94th National FFA Convention and Expo

Among the sea of blue jackets at this year’s 94th National FFA Convention and Expo, an oasis of green could be found. From Oct. 27 – 29, sponsors and volunteers from the professional landscape and lawn care industry worked together to again create a booth showcasing the full scope of the industry, and the many career […]

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Shasta College won the Team Spirit Photo Contest.
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45th NCLC Wraps, Team Competition Winners Named

The 45th National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) wrapped up last week and more than 1,000 people participated in the event including 600 students from 40 schools and 347 industry professionals. This was the second year NCLC was not held in-person due to the pandemic, but this did not stop students and professionals from networking, attending […]

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Faces of the Industry: Antonio Zeppa

Antonio Zeppa always wanted to run his own company, but he didn’t know mowing his neighbors’ lawns would turn into a career in landscaping. In high school and college, Zeppa would mow grass part-time along with his brother, Andre. After earning their degrees in business and geoscience, respectively, the brothers started Zeppa’s Landscaping Services, full-service […]

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