My story began much like many in this industry. I started by mowing lawns in our local neighborhood when I was 13 years old. I loved the outdoors, the sights and smells, and just the feel of being outside.
I used to help my dad (who was an avid gardener) prepare the garden for planting. He taught me a great deal about the importance of watering and when you should and should not water. During the summers, I watched as the vegetables began to grow and change, and when the end of the season came, I would help him gather the vegetables. Working side-by-side with my father from the very beginning, when we first planted seeds till the end when we enjoyed the fruits of our labor, these are memories I will never forget.
Growing up, my family and I would take many walks throughout the woods. I not only enjoyed spending time with my family but also enjoyed exploring the woods. I admired the trees and how different they each were; it’s almost like each had its own personality. During these walks, I learned to identify the trees by their leaves and their bark.
The changes that grass, plants, and trees go through intrigued me, and I knew that I wanted a career where I would be able to work outdoors, one where I could pursue my obsession with all things growing.