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Effective January of 2014, Christopher Paul, Owner and President of Genesis Landscape Contractors as well as Executive Director of the New Jersey Organic Landcare Association has been appointed to the Executive Board of the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association. The NJNLA was created, and still exists today, for the purpose of bringing nurserymen, garden retailers, and landscape professionals together to advance the great profession of commercial horticulture. Chris is currently serving as the North Central Region Chair, and looks to serve as a model example for New Jersey Landscape contractors.
On Tuesday, June 24th 2014, Christopher Paul, Executive Director of the New Jersey Organic Landcare Association and Owner and President of Genesis Landscape Contractors was invited to speak on behalf of the NJNLA at an event hosted by Northern Nurseries, specifically advising how business owners can make the most out of proposal and estimate opportunities. Chris offered up invaluable advice learned from over 20 years of experience in the Landscape and Construction industry, and openly shared tips and knowledge with all in attendance.
On March 6th, 2014 Christopher Paul, Owner and President of Genesis Landscape Contractors as well as Executive Director of the New Jersey Organic Land Care Association, will be presenting a seminar titled “Irrigation Strategies for Water Conservation” at Battleground Country Club in Manalapan, NJ for the Central Jersey Turf and Ornamental Institute. Christopher is a licensed pesticide applicator and irrigation contractor and has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Chris is also a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional, founded the NJOLA (New Jersey Organic LandCare Association) and has successfully completed the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Organic Land Care Certification program. The culmination of these certifications and disciplines allows Christopher to develop new and innovative strategies designed with economic and resource conservation in mind, yet still maintain optimal growing conditions for both plants and turf areas.
Press release posted by Rutgers regarding the organic land care training program: Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) graduated 27 New Jersey landscapers and land care providers from its first Organic Land Care Certification Course in January. Participants completed a rigorous four-day program where they learned new skills related to sustainable, environmentally-friendly land care practices that improve soil health, promote biodiversity and reduce negative impacts on home landscapes as well as New Jersey’s natural resources. The question of what “organic” actually means can lead to a lot of confusion depending on who you ask. To provide clarity, the federal government developed national organic standards and a certification program identified by the familiar green and black USDA symbol, which certifies that agricultural products meet federal organic standards. However, there are no federal standards for organic land care. In order to educate and assist land care practitioners in determining what is acceptable under an organic program, several organizations have developed their own standards, including the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) of Connecticut and Read More >>
On March 12, Genesis Landscape was happy to host Chip Osborne, world renowned lecturer and expert in the field of Organic Landcare. Furthering a commitment to developing the very best Organic Landcare program in the State of New Jersey, Genesis Landscape Owner and President, Christopher Paul, met with Mr. Osborne to review, plan and further develop Genesis’ growing Organic Landcare division.
On February 21st and 22nd, Genesis Landscape was proud to host Todd Harrington, of Harrington’s Organic Land Care. Todd is pioneer in the field of Organic Landcare, and a world renowned expert in compost tea brewing and soil revitalization. Together, Todd and Christopher Paul, Owner and President of Genesis Landscape along with Barry Draycott of Tech Terra Environmental strategized and developed a plan dedicated to giving Genesis Customers the very best technology and products geared towards healthy, organically maintained landscapes.
On January 21, 2014 Christopher Paul, Owner and President of Genesis Landscape Contractors and Executive Director of the New Jersey Organic Landcare Association will be leading his popular “Confessions of an Organic Landscaper” seminar at the NJ Plants Professional Landscape and Nursery and Trade Show in Edison, NJ. The annual trade show welcomes nearly 1,500 guests along with both national and regional speakers offering expert, practical advice on sharpening business skills, management techniques, boosting revenue and how to reach and target a customer base. Christopher will be breaking down how he transformed and grew his business during a time of recession to emerge as a leader in the field of Organic Land Care.
Genesis Landscape, in partnership with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the Planetree Corporation, and the Veteran Affairs New Jersey Health Care system, presented a workshop to benefit unemployed New Jersey veterans with the opportunity to receive training through a green job skills program focused on sustainable landscaping and stormwater management. Christopher Paul, President of Genesis Landscape and Executive Director of the New Jersey Organic Landcare Association, was happy to volunteer and lead the Sustainable Landscape and Stormwater Management program’s in-class sessions. These workshops coupled Chris’ years of experience in the landscape and construction industry while providing the participant’s knowledge and reinforcement of methods and techniques covered with hands-on installations of rain gardens, rain barrel construction and installation, organic gardening techniques, and planting of drought-resistant native plants around the East Orange Veteran Affairs (VA) hospital facility. Overall, the class has installed stormwater management controls that will reduce the stormwater generated onsite by 40,000 gallons per year. The demand for drinking water at the facility will be reduced by 12,000 gallons per year. The community gardens at the hospital campus produced more than 2,000 pounds Read More >
Genesis Landscape Contractors was happy to cohost the Effective Organic Turf Care Field Training in conjunction with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County. On a hot summer afternoon, Genesis welcomed over 30 contractors, vendors, educators and concerned citizens to its’ home base to lead a discussion and seminar on the benefits, environmental and economical, and advantages of ditching chemical fertilizers for organic, holistic methods. The parking lot at the Genesis office had never seen so many cars as dozens flocked from all over the Northeast to take part in the day’s activities. On display was the new flagship of the Genesis fleet, an Isuzu box truck with a one of a kind exterior designed to drum up excitement and awareness about organic land care, uniquely fabricated to be the most effective, state of the art organic treatment application vehicle. With great enthusiasm and excitement, Christopher Paul, owner and President of Genesis Landscape as well as founder of NJOLA, welcomed all who attended with lunch, refreshments and a quick overview on the importance of widespread adoption of organic methods. Organic Read More >
Congratulations to William Weidele and Christopher Paul of Genesis Landscape Contractors for successfully completing the 4-day Organic Land Care Program conducted by NOFA up in Norwich, Connecticut. An expert panel of both academic and professional presenters covered topics such as: The Soil Food Web, tree and shrub management practices, advanced turf care techniques and methods, ecological sensitivity, composting and compost tea uses and benefits, proper planting practices, tree collar correction and radial trenching, lawn alternatives, native plantings, water conservation and management, and insect and tick management and control. Both William and Christopher received high marks on the course exam and are recognized as Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCP).