Last week, Kelly Crouch from Pacific Landscape was our last seminar speaker for the semester.
Pacific Landscape Management started out with 3 employees in 2001. They quadrupled their size in the first 4 years and, having just celebrated their 10-year anniversary, they're a $6 million company. In 2010, they were included in the Top 100 greenest companies in Oregon and the Top 100 best companies to work for in Oregon. They were also included in the Top 100 fastest growing companies 7 years in a row. Currently, they're the 4th largest landscape contractors in their area.
Pacific Landscape is very conscientious about being a 'green' company. They have invested a lot into organic fertilizers, new irrigation technology, improved fuel economy, solar panels, sanitary sewers, as well as recycling. They also promote rain gardens, eco lawns, drought tolerance gardens, and have even tried out a 'green wall'. Kelly said, "We'll try anything to see if it works."
Pacific Landscape also invests a lot into employee morale. They include every employee in the end of the year planning meetings. They have training once a week for all employees and they reward employees with employee of the month awards. Half of their employees have been with the company for 5+ years and employees are awarded anniversary gifts. They are also very involved in the community. They donate labor and equipment for SOLV, which is a volunteer organization dedicated to improving the environment. They also sponsor a community soccer team, among other things.
Pacific Landscape is clearly a company dedicated to making a difference and they have definitely been noticed in the Horticulture industry. We were very pleased to hear from them a
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunitues.