BORDENTOWN, N.J. — On Wednesday, August 25th, green industry businesses will get insight into operating a profitable landscape business using sustainable practices. This workshop, a collaborative effort amongst several green industry organizations, features Dan Mabe, Founder of the American Green Zone Alliance out of California. Dan will give an overview of how to prudently implement commercial rated battery electric equipment into landscape operations. Samples of non-gas-powered equipment will be onsite for participants to try, and attendees will hear about current regulations and proposed bans of gas-powered equipment.
The event takes place at the Rutgers EcoComplex in Bordentown, New Jersey. The EcoComplex is Rutgers’ “Clean Energy Innovation Center” and is dedicated to promoting New Jersey as a center for clean energy and environmental innovations and enterprises.
Richard A. McCoy, of Richard A. McCoy Horticultural Services, will provide a local case study from the perspective of a firm that provides organic and electric services. As public awareness continues to grow regarding the dangers of synthetic pesticides, invasive plants, and gas-powered equipment, the pressures of consumer demand will drive the industry to change. Attendees will hear it firsthand from a New Jersey company that has made a successful business model offering a full spectrum of sustainable land care services.
Barry Draycott, President of Tech Terra Environmental will present on “Low Impact Products for the Landscape Industry”. This talk will cover soil amendments, fertilizers, and weed & insect control. Methods of maintaining lawns while reducing contaminants in our water ways will also be discussed, including cultural methods of mowing, irrigation, and seeding. Nutrient management and enhanced efficiency fertilizers and the benefits of
organic matter, plus reduced risk pesticides will round out this informative workshop.
This workshop is being held through a collaboration of the American Green Zone Alliance, New Jersey Green Industry Council, New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association, New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association and Richard A. McCoy Horticultural Services Inc.
–New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association