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News Release: 1/20/2023

Luke Berg (Berg's Nursery & Landscape) Among MNLA Volunteers of the Year

Members of the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) Landscape Installation Apprenticeship Task Team were named MNLA Volunteers of the Year during the Green Industry Awards Celebration held Jan. 10 at the Hilton Minneapolis.

The volunteers are from a variety of green industry companies throughout the state: Luke Berg, Berg's Nursery & Landscape, Austin, Minn.; Karen Filloon, Southview Design, St. Paul, Minn.; Scott Frampton, Landscape Renovations, Afton, Minn.; Carly Haugen, Prescription Landscape, St. Paul, Minn.; John Thell, Hoffman & McNamara Nursery & Landscape, Hastings, Minn.; Patrick Warden, Bachman's, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.
The MNLA Volunteer(s) of the Year Award honors an individual or group who has, within the previous 18 months, risen up to make special achievements happen for the association.  Working within MNLA, this individual or group's leadership and commitment will have helped significantly improve the activities, stature, or services of the association.  The team was honored this year for their creation, development, and launch of the landscape installation apprenticeship program in Minnesota.
"MNLA set a strategic goal in 2021 of developing a landscape apprenticeship program in Minnesota to recruit, train and retain employees in the green industry.  This team of 6 members was recruited specifically to be technical advisors in the development of the apprenticeship program. They enthusiastically took on the task of reviewing position descriptions and requirements.  They also helped to develop educational components necessary for career advancement. They were highly engaged in a very important project that will hopefully help with future workforce development for the green industry," said MNLA Executive Director Cassie Larson.
According to MNLA President Randy Berg, "MNLA's mission is to help members operate their businesses more effectively.  Workforce development is currently a pain point for the majority of green industry businesses so the MNLA Board of Directors put together a strategic goal to develop a landscape apprenticeship program that could be a first step to help addressing this issue.  We thank this team for all they've done to help develop a valuable program that will hopefully be used by member companies for years to come."
The Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association is the state's largest green industry trade association with over 1000 member companies.  Members include nurseries, garden centers, landscape contractors, landscape designers, irrigation contractors, commercial flower growers, tree care specialists, professional gardening services, and turf and landscape management professionals.

Contact: Cassie Larson, Executive Director, Minnesota Nursery &
Landscape Association
Phone 651-633-4987.  Email<>