Green Earth Ag & Turf Announces the Hiring of Jenna Messier as Vice President of Business Development
Green Earth Ag & Turf is growing again! We are happy to announce the arrival of our new Vice President of Business Development, Jenna Messier. Jenna began her career with a B.S. in Agriculture from The Ohio State University and spent 10 years on Martha’s Vineyard working in the landscaping industry and organic farming. Most recently, she was Director of the NOFA Organic Land Care Program for 5 years, where she led the Accreditation Program which is the gold standard in organic land care education. In 2016, Jenna earned the Executive MBA degree from the University of New Haven. She is passionate about both organic agriculture and organic land care and she is ready to join the Green Earth Ag & Turf team to expand the availability of high quality organic products nationwide.
Guest Speaker: NOFA OLC Advanced Workshop Organic Turf & Athletic Fields
Joe Magazzi from Green Earth Ag & Turf spoke at the NOFA OLC Advanced Workshop for Turf and Athletic Fields on September 22, 2016 in Cheshire CT. We covered Updates on Organic Fertility, with a specific focus on using soil biology to reduce fertilizer and advances in biologicals for disease and pest control. We joined Chip Osborne and other industry leaders to help municipal and private turf field professionals transition to greener turf practices. We had a great and enthusiastic audience. It is great to see the organic and IPM turf industries starting to focus on novel scientific approaches to soil health and turf management. Organics & IPM are no longer a compromise, in fact this is quickly becoming the best practice!
Green Earth Ag & Turf Announces the Hiring of Andrew Cicarella as Director of Marketing
Green Earth Ag & Turf is excited to announce the addition of a new team member! Andrew Cicarella has joined the "family" as a Senior Director of Marketing. He has a wide range of marketing experience in the digital and print worlds, and will help us improve many aspects of our rapidly growing company. Andrew most recently worked on the Marketing teams for HomeServe USA and Fiserv. He has a Master’s Degree from Springfield College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Albertus Magnus College. Many of you will be meeting and speaking with Andrew in the future, we welcome him aboard!
Guest Speaker: Killingworth Garden Club
Joe Magazzi of Green Earth Ag and Turf, along with Ian Gibson of Wellstone Farm, spoke for the Killingworth Evergreen Garden Club. This is a great organization that gives back to the community, including taking care of green spaces in town. We are glad to help them out and donate product and spend time discussing organic alternatives. Thanks to everyone that attended, we had a great time and outstanding questions from a fabulous audience.
Green Earth Ag & Turf was honored to be part of the PRFCT Earth
PRJCT's Expert Panel at their Second Annual Lawns & Landscapes Seminar.
PRFCT Earth is a wonderful organization that promotes toxin-free land management around the world.
It was a wonderful experience to share a stage with leaders in the field such as Paul Wagner
of The Soil Foodweb NY
and Al Lane of
Professional Tree Surgeon Supply Inc. in Long Island.
Guest Speaker: NOFA Winter Conference 2016
Green Earth Ag & Turf's Joe Magazzi gave a standing-room only talk at the 2016 NOFA Winter Symposium on "Soil Biology for Everyone: Reducing inputs while increasing yields and product quality. The interest in soil health and biology has grown tremendously in the last 2 years since we last gave a similar talk. The future is now for smart growing, with lower input costs and better results, whether you're organic or not!
Expert Panel: Ecological Landscape Alliance
Green Earth's Joe Magazzi participated in the Ecological Landscape Association's (ELA) ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace Expert Panel on "Battling the Bugs: Strategies for Insect Management".
We had a great audience and participation from some of the top organic and sustainable landscape experts in the world. Thanks for a great honor and a great time!
CNLA Board Member Election: Emily Magazzi
Congratulations to Green Earth Ag
& Turf's own Emily Magazzi, who was elected to the board of directors of the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association's (CNLA) for 2016! Emily is also the chair of the education committee of the CNLA, so she wears many hats. We are honored that Emily was asked to serve. Most importantly, we are extremely happy to give back to such great people and an organization that gives and does so much for Connecticut!
Guest Speaker: CNLA Winter Conference 2016
Green Earth Ag & Turf's Joe Magazzi gave a talk at the 2016 CNLA Winter Symposium & Expo. The talk was on a on grubGONE! and beetleGONE!, a novel biological approach to grub, beetle, chafer, weevil and borer control that kills white grub and adult beetles, is organic, safe for people and the environment (even exempted from many EPA bans in the state of CT), and does not harm bees or other beneficial insects. A true "Game Changer" in grub and beetle control that does not require any harmful synthetic compounds!
Trade Show: CNLA Summer Field Day
We had a great time at the CNLA Summer Family Day this year. Thanks to the CNLA for organizing the event, and the Bartlett Arboretum in Stanford, CT for doing a great job hosting. It was great catching up with old friends (such as Madison Earth Care, pictured above) and making new ones!! A special thanks to the whole Green Earth Ag & Turf crew, especially our boss Marcus (pictured in the right photo in the front, lower) for his fearless leadership and outstanding guidance.
Newspaper Article on grubGONE! with Interview From Joe Magazzi
Several newspaper articles were published in multiple newspapers on our great, new organic grub control product grubGONE!®. Kathy Connolly did a great job with the article, titled "New Grub Control Product May Be a Game Changer". Green Earth Ag & Turf's Joe Magazzi was interviewed for several articles to explain how grubGONE! works, and the advantages of using a natural "Silver Bullet" product over using chemical products that destroy all insects, good and bad.
Radio Interview on WPKN (89.5 FM)
Joe and Emily Magazzi from Green Earth Ag & Turf kicked off the growing season with a radio interview on WPKN (89.5 FM). The segment will now be an annual part of Kevin Gallagher's "Digging in the Dirt" series dealing with organic gardening and farming. We will give yearly updates on Organic Growing: what's new and exciting in organic treatments, science and technology. We had a great discussion on all of the great things that we learned after a winter of attending trade shows and lectures.
Guest Speaker: ASLA PA-DE Chapter
Joe Magazzi of Green Earth Ag and Turf spoke at the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Pennsylvania / Delaware Chapter on May 1, 2015 at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. The talk was titled "Proving It: How biologicals are successfully being used to reduce fertilizer, pesticides and costs and to comply with lawn and regulations". Thanks to everyone that attended, we had great feedback and great questions from the audience of Landscape Architects.
Expert Interview For Organic Grub Control
Joe Magazzi of Green Earth Ag & Turf was interviewed by Kathy Connolly for About.com (lawn care section) regarding an exciting new biological product and pollinator-safe approach for organic grub control, grubGONE!® The article is titled "Grub Control in Lawns May Be Easier and Safer in 2015"
Expert Panelist: NOFA Organic Land Care Program
Joe Magazzi of Green Earth Ag and Turf participated in an expert panel discussion on "What’s New in Organic Fertility Products" at the 2014 NOFA Organic Land Care Program Annual Gathering. Chip Osborne lead the discussion, other panelists included Todd Harrington and Fred Newcomb. It was a great exchange of ideas about the future of organic land care, we were happy to be part of such a great discussion with such high-level and experienced leaders in the organic industries!
Guest Speaker: UCONN Master Gardener Program
Joe Magazzi of Green Earth Ag and Turf spoke at the UCONN Master Gardener's Coastal Certificate Program on October 8, 2014 at the Mercy Center in Madison, CT. The session included Dr. Thomas Morris of UCONN and CT Outreach Coordinator Judy Preston. Joe discussed how to use beneficial biology and organic fertility to reduce fertilizer use and pesticides and the subsequent runoff from coastal soils. The Coastal Certificate Program is designed to generate ambassadors of alternative landscaping practices for Connecticut coastal and watershed residents.
New Showroom and Warehouse
Green Earth Ag and Turf has now opened a new showroom and warehouse. Our new location is conveniently located right off Interstate 95 in Branford, Connecticut. The new expanded space will allow us to increase our product offerings as well as buy in larger bulk quantities, thus reducing costs that will be passed along to you as lower prices! Stop by and visit us to pick up the best green and organic supplies for turf, plants and trees at wholesale prices:
Award - Young Nursery Professional of the Year
Green Earth Ag and Turf's own Emily Magazzi was awarded the New England Nursery Association's (NENA) Young Nursery Professional of the Year Award for 2014! Connecticut Governor Darnel Malloy was also on-hand to visit and support all the great work that the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association and NENA does, and to take a picture with Emily after she received her award. Congratulations to Emily for all of her hard work and efforts, and thanks to the CNLA and NENA for the prestigious honor!
Green Earth Ag and Turf exhibited at NOFA's Organic Land Care Program's Annual Gathering on December 11, 2013 at Crowned Plaza Hotel in Southbury Connecticut. This show was a joint effort with our friends at Neptune's Harvest to introduce their new Turf Formula a great organic fertilizer for turf care professionals and home owners that contains fish, seaweed, hamates, molasses and yucca extract; but has no Phosphorous value and can be used in Connecticut and other states in compliance with Phosphate fertilizer bans.
Joe Magazzi taught a class for the University of Connecticut's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Master Gardener Program on Wednesday November 20th at the Tolland County Extension Center, Vernon, CT. The class was to help Certified Master Gardeners obtain Advanced Master Gardener certification
Published Online Article
Joe Magazzi was asked to write an article for Turf Magazine on soil health and how to integrate biologicals into turf, agriculture and horticulture treatment programs. The article was published in March of 2013 and is available here:
Press Release from the
Monroe, CT (04/03/2012): Green
Earth Staffer Emily Magazzi Certified As
‘Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional’.
"24 green industry persons recently passed one of the toughest courses in horticulture in Connecticut to be certified as “Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professionals” (CANP). The rigorous 13-week course is held every fall for trades people employed by garden centers, landscapers, nurseries, and greenhouses in the state. It’s tough: out of 126 persons who took the course this past year, only 24 passed the exam. Taught by instructors of the University of Connecticut and Naugatuck Valley Community College, the CANP course covers must-know horticultural studies such as plant identification, botany, soils, plant nutrition, plant diseases, insects, weeds, lawns, landscaping, safety, worker protection, etc. The course is open only to the green trade. Persons passing the CANP regimen are considered among the top professionals among the 48,000 persons who work daily in Connecticut’s green industry, and are entitled to use the certification letters “CANP” after their name."
Joe Magazzi was a guest speaker at New England Grows in February of 2013. The talk was titled "Probiotics: A New Tool to Increase Yield, Improve Quality & Reduce Cost." Pesticide credits were available for those that attended the talk.
Green Earth Ag and Turf was at the Metro Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) at the Baltimore Convention Center in January 2013. We co-presented with the Quantum Growth manufacturer, Applied and Experimental Microbiology. Thanks to everyone that we met at our booth!
Joe Magazzi was interviewed about soil biology on Monday, August 13th by Kevin Gallagher and Guy Beardsley on WPKN (89.5 FM in CT).
Joe Magazzi was invited to teach a Workshop titled "Hows and Whys of Building Soil Biology" at the 2012 NOFA Summer Conference.
Published Online Article
Joe Magazzi was invited to be a guest writer for a 2-part column in the April & May 2012 versions of The Ecological Landscape Association's (ELA) Monthly Newsletter. The articles are titled "Soil Biology Basics."
Joe Magazzi was a guest Speaker at The Ecological Landscape Association 2012 Annual Meeting: "Our Neighbors Down Under: Microbes in the Soil."
Emily Magazzi of Green Earth Ag and Turf was interviewed for Patch on March 15, 2012.
Joe Magazzi was a guest speaker at The Connecticut NOFA 2012 Winter Conference titled "Science and Principles of Soil Microbiology."
Emily Magazzi gave a seminar titled "Beneficial Soil Biology for Improved Plant Growth" at the CNLA booth at The Connecticut Flower and Garden Show at the Connecticut Convention Center, February 2012.
Joe Magazzi gave a guest talk at the January, 2012 Connecticut Nursery & Landscape Association's (CNLA) Winter Symposium titled "Benefits & Strategies of Integrating Biologicals Into Your Growing & Lawn Care Programs."
Joe Magazzi was an interview guest on America’s Home Grown Veggies.
Joe Magazzi was a guest speaker at The American Orchid Society/Odom’s Orchids 1st Annual Cattleya Symposium. August 2011, Fort Pierce, Florida.
Joe Magazzi was a guest speaker at The United Illuminating’s “Grow it Green” Seminar. October, 2011, Milford, CT.