President's Message

By David DeJohn, NHCLP

July 2017

The sun finally came out today and was it ever nice! After all the rain over the last few weeks it was great to not have to put on the rain gear yet again. Granted we’ve needed the rain but I’m ready for a dry spell for at least a little while. I’ve usually got a few different projects going at once so there is always something I can do if it’s raining. Yesterday it was pouring so instead of moving loam as planned, I worked on a stonewall until even the rain gear wasn’t able to keep me dry. Good time to go home and tackle the paper work I’ve been ignoring.

Now that summer is here that means Twilight Meetings and the Education Committee has put together some that you won’t want to miss. By the time this issue comes out the first one, a Pruning demonstration in Manchester with Dave Seavey will have already taken place but then there is a tour of Fuller Gardens this month, a gathering at LandCare Associates in August, another one in August on sprayer calibration and good for a pesticide credit. In September there is a meeting at Bedrock Gardens. Watch for more information on these events, and I hope to see you at them.

Since the very beginning of NHLA there has been a tradition of getting involved in community service projects. In 1989  Association volunteers and various vendors helped Landscape the Channel 11 building in Durham. In 1990 and into ’91 Chuck Simpson organized and led the efforts for an Earth Day project to create and landscape the Ashuelot River Park Arboretum. In more recent times NHLA volunteers have helped to eradicate Glossy Buckthorn from a 23-acre site, the Tioga River Conservation Area in Belmont. We have been involved in programs such as Project Evergreen and SnowCare for Troops, two very worthy community based programs in which some of our members donate their services in Landscape maintenance and snow plowing to military families with a spouse or family member deployed in the Armed Forces. Member companies have also been involved over the years in the PLANET Day of Service Projects usually held on Earth Day or during Earth Week where they have organized volunteer Lawn and Landscape projects in local communities.

NHLA has the opportunity to continue this tradition of involvement in community service projects this summer by volunteering to help out at the Touchstone Farm in Temple, NH, as written about in last month’s Newsletter. This is a small project that can and will have a huge impact for those who take advantage of the services provided by the Farm especially those Vets who have given so much for our country.

If you are interested in donating your services and/or materials to this project you can contact me or you can get in touch with the Executive Director and Founder of Touchstone Farm, Isabella (Boo) Martin at 603-321-5255 or Touchstone Farm at 603-654-6308.

The other project, which is much further out and a more long term project, is the Gateway Park project in Manchester that I briefly mentioned in my President’s Notes in the May Newsletter. This project is a collaboration between UNH Manchester, UNH Cooperative Extension, Manchester Parks and Recreation, and many other Stakeholders in the area surrounding the park as well as NHLA. Some of our members have already been involved in the Integrated Design process as mentioned in my previous notes, and this is and will be a fantastic opportunity for many more of our members to volunteer time and materials and to show off their talents and expertise to the public. This project will be a very visible way to gain valuable PR and recognition for individual companies and the Association as a whole on both a short term and long term basis. Although this project is still in the planning stages it is moving through the channels and when the time comes there will be an opportunity for everyone to get involved. I didn’t get it together to write the article I wanted to about the project for this issue, but watch for it in the August Newsletter. Get involved!

Have a great Summer!


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