Thursday, December 1, 2016

New Worker Protection Standards Coming into Effect on Jan 2nd

New Worker Protection Standards Going into Effect on Jan 2nd

It's December 1st and I want to make you aware of some new laws that will be going into effect on January 2nd.  If you use and apply pesticides you need to be aware of these standards as they will be enforced.  I have included the link below to give you guidance as to these new standards:
New WPS .
Also to compare the old standards with the new visit this document:  https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/comparison-chart-wps.pdf

Some highlight of the new standards:

1. Annual training of all workers and handles associated in and around pesticide use.

2. Training of worker and handlers immediately upon hiring and prior to their being exposed to areas where pesticides are being used.

3. Expanded training requirements.

4. Records of training must be kept for at least 2 years.

5.  Fit test requirements for individuals using respirators.

Note on the latter.-  We are in the process of hosting a clinic for applicators that need to be fit tested. If you or your employees use respirators then they will need to be fit test to insure that the equipment they use actually works and that they are healthy enough to use a respirator.  The date has not been confirmed but tentatively it will be sometime in March.  If you have a need to get a fit test earlier contact the folk at Mission Hospitals- OccuMed for an appointment. (828) 213-0878.

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Smoke- Respirator Use

Working in Smokey Conditions


There has been some concern about breathing during these times with smokey conditions prevalent over most of our area.  The link here:  Respirator for use during smokey conditions  takes you to a pdf that will describe the proper minimum respirator for use by individuals working outside in smokey areas.  Keep in mind this does not apply to areas close to the actual fires or where there are large particulates of ashes in the air.  Additional protection may be required. 

Also as indicate in the article you should contact your medical doctor before wearing any respirator. One note is that starting in January if you use a respirator as part of your work- applying pesticides, dusts, fertilizers, etc or working in other conditions that would require respiratory protection;  you will need to have the respirator test fitted for your face and conditions.  There are various health issues that will preclude your use of typical respirators.  Beards and other facial hair may also make wearing a respirator difficult due to the inability to properly get a seal to eliminate air movement around the perimeter of the respirator.   

Our recommendation is that if you or your employees have health issues or encounter breathing difficulties working in conditions where the air quality is compromised; that you cease working in those areas and go inside until the conditions subside.  If you can access proper respiratory protection devices then use them on a limited basis with reductions in the time you spend outside.   Be sure that you know the life span of the respirator that you will be using.  Once the device or filter cartridges are exposed to the air (particularly polluted air)  they begin to age. As the filter gets full of particulates the functional use of the device declines and will need to be replaced.    

If you or someone on your staff has known health issues it would be well advised that they be assigned to working in a structure with filter air.  Nothing that you have planned to do over the next few weeks are more important than the health and well being of you or your staff.     


For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Landscape Contractor Math and Bidding Clas

Landscape Contractor Math and Bidding Class


New guidelines require that Licensed Landscape Contractors obtain a minimum of 2 hours and a maximum of 4 hours of business credits each year as a part of their 7 hour requirement.  In order to assist clients with meeting this requirement we have developed a 3 hour class to provide basic training in Landscape Math and Bidding.  We may develop other business classes upon request but are planning to offer this class at least twice this fall.  The brochure attached below describes the class and provides a way to register to attend. 




For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Position Opening

Position Open

The town of Canton NC has a Right of Way Maintenance Position open.  See the job announcement attached;     Right of Way Job






For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Small Nursery for Sale

Nursery for Sale

Sharon Yaste of Brevard NC has the following for sale as part of an acquired nursery.  She is retired and is scaling down so does not need or want to keep the materials.  

 She has  approximately 1500 plants, a custom built trailer, and a custom built work bench for potting, lots of empty pots (different sizes), and 4 wood boxes with screens and the sand (for growing clippings).  There are approximately 22 varieties and she can send you the list.  

if you are interested in expanding your nursery or starting a new nursery this may be a good opportunity.  Contact Sharon at: 
 Sharon Yaste
PO Box 1788
Brevard, NC  28712
828-883-9096 (home)
828-384-8423 (cell)

I can not personally vouch for the quality of these plants but am sharing the information as it was passed on to me.  


For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Horticulture Industry IPM Symposium

Horticulture Industry IPM Symposium 

The attached flier for the IPM Symposium include new data that indicates the number of recertification  hours for each category.  Note there are hours for pesticide credits in both Carolinas and Tennessee as well as Landscape Contractor Credit hours in NC.  Please get registered soon as September 1st is the last day for early registration:



https://buncombe.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/2016-IPM-Symposium.pdf?fwd=no




For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Job Opening

Job Opening Posted

Thyme in the Garden, a retail garden center in the North Asheville area off of Merrimon Avenue has the following openings:
Local Garden and Gift Store Hiring Part-time Sales Clerk
6-20 hours; although this is not a seasonal position, hours fluctuate greatly with seasonal increases/decreases in business.   
Great environment. Ideal candidate will enjoy helping customers select product combinations from our unique selection of gifts and plants.  This type of sales engages your creativity! It also presents an opportunity for you to learn with the customer both about the plants and different products offered. 
Must Have:
·         Plant knowledge and enthusiasm for learning.  Experience of 2-3 years working with plants in a professional setting such as landscaping, horticulture, or agriculture is important.
·         Retail or other customer service experience preferred. Ability to engage customers in friendly, hospitable manner, good at reading customer signals.
·         Flexibility on amount of hours (the needs of the business fluctuate with the seasons)
·         Sense of design and confidence helping customers with creative tasks (plant arrangements, unique gifts, home and garden d├ęcor).
·         Ability to regularly lift 20-50 pounds and knowledge of safe lifting practices

·         Experience in a trade such as carpentry, welding, plumbing a plus

Contact Laura Carter at 828-628-3700 or visit their website at:


For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Nursery Weed Management Field Day

Nursery Weed Management Field Day
September 7, 8 am to 1

This event features on-site demonstrations and will focus on recent research from Dr. Joe Neal's lab exploring the economics and efficacy of weed control strategies in container nurseries. Topics include herbicide efficacy and sensitivity, using mulches for weed control, and new products. Instructors for this event will include Dr. Joe Neal,Weed Science Extension Specialist; Amanda Taylor and Stacey Jones, Area Specialized Agents for Nursery and Greenhouse Crops; and Amy Barker, Research and Extension Technician, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University.

3 NC pesticide credits (categories L, N, D, and X) are available. Lunch is provided. Cost is $10 per person. To register, visit  http://go.ncsu.edu/weedday.   Registration flyer


For more information, please contact Amanda Taylor at 828-475-2915. This event is sponsored by Hawksridge Farms.


For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Electric Lawn Equipment Being Tested

Electric Lawn Equipment Being Tested

NCSU Grounds Department is testing various electric lawn care equipment.  Thought you as a Green Industry Professional might find this article interesting:  NCSU Electric Lawn Care

On a more personal note, I purchase three pieces of lawn care equipment with rechargeable batteries, this Spring.  I charge the batteries using a solar charger.  The items are a leaf/debris blower that weighs about 3 pounds; a string trimmer that is about 5 pounds; and 4 gallon backpack sprayer that I mounted onto my riding mower instead of trying to carry it (I'm not quite ready to put 45 pounds on my back)  I can run either of them for the equivalent of 4 hours on a single charge and re-charge the batteries, if the sun is out,  in about 2 hours.  Since they for home use only I don't need extra batteries for the equipment- (I run out of energy before the batteries do) .  But I'm not paying for gas, oil, or electricity- as long as the sun is shining.   Just a thought worth sharing.  Solar chargers can be mounted onto a truck with an inverter and outlets one can charge several batteries while they are working.  

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

2016 Horticulture Industry IPM Symposium

2016 Horticulture Industry IPM Symposium

Information and registration for the 6th annual Horticulture Industry Symposium has now been posted.  Both Pesticide and Landscape Contractor credits have been applied for.  


Register online:


For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Landscape Management Workshop

July 18th, 2016
9am-3:30pm
North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Rutherford County Center
Spindale, NC


Agenda

8:30 - 9:00 Registration

9:00 - 10:15 Dr. Anthony LeBude - Sustainable Landscaping

10:15 - 10:30 Break/Instructions

10:30 - 12:00 Site Visits - Teams visit landscape sites to conduct site evaluations in sustainable design, management, and IPM- Supported with Extension Educators.  Ideas collected during session would lead to concepts used in a practice pre-bidding information gathering.

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Provided

1:00 - 2:15 Create Presentations

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30- 3:30 Team Presentations

3:30 Adjourn  - Evaluations and Pesticide Card Scanning

***3 hrs of NC pesticide credits in LXND
***5 hrs of NC Certified Landscape Contractor’s Credits

Registration is required and class fee of $35 per participant is due to Henderson County Cooperative Extension, 100 Jackson Park Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792 before workshop. Call (828) 697-4891 for more information.
Registration Form

Be forewarned! This class is full of activity. We will be doing quite a bit of walking outside so wear appropriate shoes and clothing! Also be prepared to interact with others in the landscape industry and exchange ideas with your peers. This is not the typical “sit down and listen to lecture type of workshop”.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Certified Plant Professional Class Open


CPP Class Agenda and Registration


The 2016 CPP class is now open for registration.  The dates and agenda are attached here: CPP 2016
To register for the class please visit the following link:  CPP Registration.   As most of the classes out outdoors please be prepared for a lot of walking and a variety of weather.  We typically have class rain or shine unless there is a thunderstorm with dangerous lightning.   The first 2 Friday sessions are indoors and will cover text material.  Please purchase the book beforehand.   


For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Growing Hydrangeas

Hydrangea Production Workshops


Interested in growing hydrangeas?  If so you may want to consider attending one of these workshops:
Link to the page below for more information and registration:

Hydrangeas-A-Z




For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Job Openings

Job Opportunities
The NC Arboretum has 2 openings for new employees.  Check out the descriptions and links to applications at the site below:

http://www.ncarboretum.org/about-us/employment/



For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Webinars for Green Industry Professionals

Webinars


Here are a couple of webinars to consider watching.  The first is on weed control in a container nursery which is a timely topic to consider for this time of year.  It is presented by our very own Dr. Joe Neal.   The second is a topic that may be of interest mainly to landscapers, needing to spice up their new projects.


We currently, do not have a method in place to provide CEUs for either of these webinars but they do have a lot of valuable information and unlike many of our classes can be watched at your leisure- even when it's too wet or dark outside to work.


For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Job Opening - Trademark Homescapes Inc.

Trademark Homescapes Inc.
Landscape construction/Installation Company adding qualified member to existing team. Qualified candidates will be self guiding, motivated and possess skills and experience in at least 3 of the following.

* Masonry, Dry stack, boulder, step and stepper construction
* Wood working/carpentry
* Woody and perennial plant knowledge/ID
* Mechanical Intuition
* Machine operation: Loader, Skid Steer and small excavator
* Landscape Design
* Nursery/Greenhouse operation

Driver’s license and own transportation required.

This is a Part time position 20-30 hours weekly, with the potential to become full time.

Please send resume to:
williamdeaver1066@att.net
Trademark Homescapes Inc.
William H Deaver III
828-699-3495

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Landscape Management Workshop




For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Cold Injury Potential for Tender Plants

With the expected low temperatures, make sure you protect those tender plants that you might have put out a little too early! Check out this article written a few years back about protecting plants from cold injury...

https://sampson.ces.ncsu.edu/2010/01/how-can-i-protect-my-plants-from-cold-injury/


For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Job Opportunities - Lawn & Order

Lawn-N-Order Landscaping is a successful company in WNC, the winner of the 2014 and 2015 Super Service Award on Angie’s List. We are a one-stop shop for creating outdoor living spaces. We also work on drainage and land development and improvement. If you are interested in becoming a part of a well-known landscape crew in town and want to give exceptional service to our clients apply for this job!

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Lawn-N-Order Landscaping Offers
Fun, Team-Oriented Work Environment
Competitive Wages & Benefits Package
Career Advancement Opportunities
All This PLUS Regular Direct Deposit Paychecks!


1. Landscape Technician--

Job Duties and Responsibilities of the Technician

Company Policy and Procedures
Understand and abide by company procedures.
Learn procedure through instruction and examples.
Arrive on time and ready to work by 7:45 a.m.
Demonstrate good attendance/schedule days off.

Performance/Production
Practice procedures taught by foreman.
Remain productive after instructions.
Learn daily routine.

Physical Performance and Skills
Demonstrate handling and moving of landscape materials (i.e. soil, mulch, etc.)
Demonstrate handling and moving of construction materials (i.e., brick, gravel).
Know basic horticultural skills (i.e., planting, staking, and mulching).

Human Relations
Maintain positive attitude and outlook toward work performed.
Gain acceptance and respect of coworkers.
Respect others and works well as a team member.

Equipment and Company Property
Know proper equipment operation.
Grease and check fluids of all equipment.
Operate equipment in safest possible manner.
Have tools and supplies ready for that day.
Keep truck fueled and clean daily.
Maintain tools and supplies.

Quality
Learn standards of quality.

Safety
Demonstrate the safe operation of tools and equipment.
Use required safety equipment.


Essential functions (ADA)

The incumbent must be:
Capable of learning and developing skills and mastering functions of a physical and organized nature.
Capable of lifting 50 pounds and performing vigorous, physical labor.
Able to maintain a driver’s license and insurability.

2. Landscape Foreman--

Job Duties and Responsibilities of the Foreman

Company Policy and Procedures
Understand and abide by company’s policies and procedures
Enforce company’s policies and procedures
Arrive for work on time and ready to work by 7:45 a.m.
Demonstrate good attendance/schedule days off.

Performance/Production
Teach crew members procedures and production techniques.
Do job layout with minimal assistance.
Considerable knowledge of plant material and soil types
Knowledge of horticulture and professional landscaping practices.
Knowledge of mixing and using landscape chemicals.
Demonstrate ability to run small projects with little assistance.
Ability to do field adjustments from blueprints.

Physical Performance and Skills
Instruct others in handling, moving, and installing plant materials.
Move landscape and construction materials.
Perform skill-oriented tasks while directing others.
Organize jobs start to finish; delegate duties to technicians.
Keep up-to-date paperwork.
Track all material quantities. Report daily progress.
Fill out worksheets; turn in receipts and safety sheets.

Human Relations
Maintain a positive attitude and outlook toward the work performed.
Project team atmosphere on crew.
Serve as main contact with clients on a daily basis.
Motivate and teach coworkers.

Equipment and Company Property
Maintain clean driving record of six points or less
Demonstrate ability to drive dump trucks, including all trailers and equipment.
Be responsible for the truck and/or trailers.
Demonstrate ability to run all small and large equipment properly.
Train co-workers about proper equipment usage.
Be responsible for the correct tools, supplies, and machinery at the job site.

Quality
Instruct others in techniques to improve quality.
Maintain professional approach.
Demonstrate an ability to maintain quality while increasing efficiency.
Be responsible for final quality on jobs.

Safety
Report and/or correct dangerous situations.
Report accidents.
Demonstrate the safe operation of tools and equipment.
Use required safety equipment.

Essential Functions (ADA)
The incumbent must be
Physically capable of traveling to various job sites.
Capable of translating technical information and a broad view of expected results to a focused and specific assignment.
Capable of producing a productive, goal-oriented work process by motivating and leading other people in a supportive, coaching manner.

***Must have at least 3-5 years experience in running a team. Benefits include: paid holidays, paid smart phone, continuing education classes and certifications provided, access to an office assistant. $15 hr. with benefits and retirement options.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Pesticide & NC Landscape Contractor Continuing Education Credits Available


Red Imported Fire Ant Identification & Control


Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Henderson County Cooperative Extension Office
100 Jackson Park Rd, Hendersonville, NC


This meeting will be beneficial to the average homeowner as well as the experienced landscaper. Please come with your identification and control questions and be prepared for a lively interactive session. 

***Two hours of pesticide credits for subclasses G, H, I, K, L, N, O, D, & X ***
***Two hours of NC Landscape Contractors License continuing education***

A $5.00 fee for materials will be collected at the door. To receive credit, please bring your current NC Pesticide license.

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Job Openings

Check out the 4 following job openings throughout Western NC...


1. Pro Scape is hiring for spray tech, lawn care and landscape help. Contact Mark 828-243-5255.


2. Snow Creek - Arborist Climber-
Snow Creek Natural Resources Management is looking for a skilled climber to work on our natural resource crew. The majority of our work is providing all facets of tree care as well as tree removals; with other work including invasive plant control, trail building and insect and disease management in trees, among others.

Ability to safely use chainsaws is critical, and ability to use other various hand tools and machinery is helpful. Soft climbing skills are necessary, either using single- or double-rope techniques. Arborist certification and/or pesticide applicator license a plus.
Current driver license and clean driving record strongly encouraged. Year-round full time work.

Please fill out an application online at the website www.snowcreekinc.com or send resume to hr@snowcreekinc.com


3. Snow Creek - Maintenance Crew Supervisor-
The primary responsibility of the Maintenance Crew Supervisor is to supervise grounds maintenance and enhancement projects and to direct the workflow of all maintenance teams. The Maintenance Crew Supervisor is responsible for the actions and oversight of crew members, in order to maintain a professional image at all times. With their teams, the Maintenance Crew Supervisor will oversee proper maintenance of lawns, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and other grounds features.

Qualified candidates will possess strong interpersonal and customer service skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, a minimum of 3-5 years of field experience (including snow removal), previous leadership skills, proven knowledge of regional plants and material, working knowledge of maintenance equipment (truck & trailer and dump truck experience required), proficiency in Microsoft Office, a degree in Horticulture field, and additional qualifications as per the job description. Physical requirements include, but are not limited to, bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, walking, reaching, climbing and lifting for prolonged periods of time, lifting and carrying 50 pounds, and working with hand tools, power tools, and other equipment, including moving machinery/equipment. Ability to communicate in Spanish preferred.

4. NC Arboretum -  Seasonal Openings
http://www.ncarboretum.org/about-us/employment/



Please fill out an application online at the website www.snowcreekinc.com or send resume to hr@snowcreekinc.com






For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Webinar Opportunity

Neonicotinoids, Bees and Urban Trees: The Controversy Defined

Widespread media coverage of high profile bee poisonings related to the application of neonicotinoids on urban trees has caused intense scrutiny of the use of these insecticides. Join Dr. Richard Cowles, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, as he discusses the health of bee populations (including the phenomena known as "Colony Collapse Disorder”) and outlines strategies related to protecting bee health when treating urban plants with systemic insecticides.

Date/Time: Thursday March 03, 2016, 12:00 PM (Eastern)
Visit: www.joinwebinar.com  
Code: 124-740-683

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Job Opening

Landscape Maintenance Crew Leader

Gardens for Living is recruiting the best of the best. For this position at least 2 years landscaping experience and experience driving a truck and trailer is required (valid drivers license and clean driving record also required). Also required is the ability to operate mowing equipment and a general working knowledge of how to care for mowing equipment. Good working knowledge of horticulture and a knowledge of proper landscape maintenance schedules is essential.

Daily Job duties will include but are not limited to: Supervising your team, operating mowers/weedeater/blower and other lawn equipment, pruning and caring for plants, fertilizing plants and lawn areas, mulching and edging, completing paperwork necessary to invoice customers and anything else required to take the best care of every property. This is a working crew leader position.

You are: motivated, responsible, on time, hardworking, cares about their craft, goes the extra mile to make sure everything is done right, individual-so PLEASE contact us.

We offer paid Holidays, opportunities for advancement, and a happy healthy work environment. Crew Leaders receive paid Vacation(1 week after the 1st year) and a paid smart phone(that may also be used for personal use when off the job).

Starting pay is $14 per hour.

Contact shane@gardensforliving.com with your resume, brief description of work experience and an explanation of why you are right for the job.

Friday, February 12, 2016

More Job Openings!

Blackwood Landscaping


Lawn Care Foreman:

Seeking an experienced lawn care professional dedicated to customer satisfaction. Ability to work autonomously in a fast paced environment while supervising another worker. Must enjoy working outdoors and have knowledge of local plants and weeds. Applicant must present a neat appearance and be able to establish rapport with customers. This is a year-round position of trust. Pesticide license, proper pruning experience, and commercial mowing equipment experience preferred. $14-18 per hour. Background check and good driving record required. No tobacco in front of customers, no smoking in trucks. Headquarters located in South Asheville/Arden area. Send resume or list of past work experience with contact information to Ted@BlackwoodLandscaping.com

Harrah's Cherokee (Murphy, NC Location)


Grounds Supervisor:

https://caesars.hodesiq.com/jobs/default.aspx?jobid=5217189&emid=11056

There are two requirements that one may not have (Certified Grounds Technician through PGMS & a North Carolina Pesticide Applicator’s License), but that’s not a deal breaker.  The chosen candidate will just have to obtain those within the first 6 months of employment.

This person will be in charge of the day-to-day Grounds Department operations at our new property.

Harrah’s Cherokee really is a great place to work and build a career.   They offer AMAZING benefits and a very competitive salary.

Contact Zeke Cooper for more information or with any questions:

Zeke Cooper, PLA, ASLA
Grounds Manager & Landscape Architect
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
777 Casino Drive
Cherokee, NC 28719
Office: 828-497-8628
Cell: 828-593-2421
Email: ZCooper@caesars.com


For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Commercial Pruning Classes

WNC Green Team

Pruning as an IPM Tool

The North Carolina Arboretum - Certified Plant Professional Training Garden
February 18th, 2016 - 1-4pm
or February 25th, 2016 - 1-4pm



Pruning as an Integrated Pest Management Tool -

Class will focus on the proper ways to prune various types of plants, including trees, shrubs, and vines. Class will divide into three groups focusing on each subject matter for one hour and then switching to cover each focus area. Two dates are offered for this course, but the same material will be covered. Please choose one date to attend.

The class will cost $10 for materials. Fee is payable by cash or check to the Henderson County Cooperative Extension Office (100 Jackson Park Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792). Please identify participants name and contact information if fee is to be mailed.

*** 2 hrs of NC Pesticide License credit is available for categories G, L, N, D, and X.

*** NC LC Credits have been applied for.

Instructors - 

Dr. Anthony LeBude, Extension Specialist
Sarah Scott, Extension Agent, Haywood County
Kerrie Roach, Extension Agent, Henderson County


For more information, or to register, please call Sarah Scott at 456-3575 
or Kerrie Roach at 697-4891.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Job Opening

Highland Heritage Landscapes, LLC is hiring for the positions listed below. .



Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Groundskeeper position open.

Groundskeeping Position

Deerfield has a couple of grounds keeper positions available-  check out their job description below:

Deerfield Position

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Job Opportunity

Job Posting

Givens Estates is looking to fill a landscape position on their properties.  Check out the job posting at:




For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Job Opportunity


Grounds Supervisor Job 

Harrah's newest resort property in Murphy NC is looking for someone to take on the role of grounds supervisor.  Check out the job description at:
https://caesars.hodesiq.com/jobs/default.aspx?jobid=5217189&emid=11056


For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Arboretum Job Openings

Job Openings


The NC Arboretum has a couple of job openings posted.  Check them out on their website at:
http://www.ncarboretum.org/about-us/employment/

Please share with anyone you know that has the skill and needs a job!


For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

HWA Bio Control Forum


016 NC HWA Bio-Control Forum Agenda

If you are involved in managing Hemlock Wooly Adelgids then this program will be quite informative for you:

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-NC-HWA-Bio-Control-Forum-Agenda-1.pdf

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-NC-HWA-Bio-Control-Forum.pdf

Pesticide and Forestry Credits applied for.

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Job Opening- City of Asheville

Labor Crew Supervisor - Tree Crew

Here's another job opening for someone looking to work on a tree crew with the City of Asheville NC:

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/ashevillenc/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1338750&hit_count=yes&headerFooter=1&promo=0&transfer=0&WDDXJobSearchParams=%3CwddxPacket%20version%3D%271%2E0%27%3E%3Cheader%2F%3E%3Cdata%3E%3Cstruct%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27CATEGORYID%27%3E%3Cstring%3E%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27PROMOTIONALJOBS%27%3E%3Cstring%3E0%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27TRANSFER%27%3E%3Cstring%3E0%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27FIND_KEYWORD%27%3E%3Cstring%3E%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3C%2Fstruct%3E%3C%2Fdata%3E%3C%2FwddxPacket%3E

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Job Fair

Job Fair


http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/TPS-Job-Fair-Flyer.pdf

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Landscaping Positions

Landscaping Job Openings

Looking for a career in Landscaping?  Snow Creek Nursery and Landscaping has several openings.



For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Nursery Grower Needed

Nursery Grower Needed
Carolina Natives Nursery is looking to fill a grower position.  For more information go to this link:
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Grower-Job-Dutiescnatives.pdf



For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Nursery Employee Needed

Job Opening


Southeastern Native is looking for an employee.   Position would be part of all aspects of nursery production.  Tasks would include everything from hand weeding to delivery truck driver.  Assist with transplanting, propagation, fertilization, and growing of native trees and shrubs. Position requires labor-centric work and some heavy lifting. Must be able to work well with others as a team and must be self motivated and capable of working independently. Knowledge of plants and tractor operation a plus, but not required.  Located 20 minutes from downtown Asheville.



Southeastern Natives Nursery



For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

BB Barns - Job Posting

Garden Services Team Member

BB Barns is looking for experienced gardeners with a passion for plants and people. The position includes regular garden maintenance, planting, pruning, annual install and design. The team also handles basic irrigation, lighting, drainage and wood line management. Successful candidates will have expertise in horticultural maintenance and customer service in addition to experience operating a dump truck, chainsaw, dingo and skid steer . Applicants should be familiar with residential irrigation repairs, low voltage landscape lighting as well as industry standards for plant care and garden maintenance.

Please do not apply if you do not meet the following requirements:
1. Have at least 2 years experience in the landscape industry
2. Have a valid drivers license and clean driving record.

Pay is commensurate with level of experience. Contact jenny.luczak@gmail.com for more information.

Job Openings

Job Opportunities


Carrroll Gardens of Asheville has two job openings.  The links below will take you to the descriptions of the jobs:  Share with those you may know that are looking for new opportunities.

Lead Member



Crew-Member





For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Organic Certification for Medicinal Herb Growers


Learn the basics of the USDA National Organic Program. Interactive presentation followed by Q&A for medicinal herb operations, greenhouses, organic wild harvesting, and certified forest grown. Updated state and federal cost-share programs, Certifying Agents available in western NC, as well as free organic certification consulting opportunities thru CFSA will be discussed. 

For WNC Medicinal Herb Growers (also open to others interested in Organic Certification).

Hosted by NC Alternative Crops and Organics Program (NCSU Dept. Of Horticultural Science) and Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA).

When: Friday, January 29, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST) - Add to Calendar
Where: Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center - 455 Research Drive Mills River, NC 28759 - View Map

Please Register at the Eventbrite page link Here

Questions may be sent to Margaret_Bloomquist@ncsu.edu


Hiring - Plant-Partners, Inc.

Plant-Partners, Inc. is a progressive, third-party merchandising company working with live goods in the garden centers at Lowe’s Home Improvement.  They are beginning to hire temporary, part-time positions that typically run March through June.

Do you know someone in need and looking for additional income? This is a physically demanding job requiring bending, stretching, lifting, etc.  It would be a perfect fit for those that enjoy physical work and working in all types of weather. 

If you know someone looking for part time employment, please direct them to our website www.plant-partners.com or they can contact the District Manager directly at the contact information listed below.

Larry McCreary
826 District Manager
Plant Partners
www.plant-partners.com
C: 704-699-1610

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Connect NC Bond

Bond Referendum on Ballot

On March 15th Voters in NC will be able to choose to support  or deny a bond referendum called Connect NC.  This bond will provide capital funds for many of the Universities, Community Colleges, and other public entities.   We would like to ask that you read the materials provided to become an informed voter.   This link will take you to the information from NCSU and describe the projected benefits to the university as well as the rest of the state:  https://connectnc.ncsu.edu/

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.