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SHANNON BRAWLEY has been named the new executive director of What Cheer Flower Farm. / COURTESY VENTURE CAFE PROVIDENCE

What Cheer Flower Farm names Brawley new executive director

PROVIDENCE – Shannon Brawley, previously the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association’s executive director, was recently brought aboard by What Cheer Flower Farm as...

Governor’s panel tackles workforce issues

PROVIDENCE – Issues associated with Rhode Island's workforce were discussed during Gov. Daniel J. McKee's weekly R.I. 2030: Community Conversations event on Thursday. A panel...
SKILLS BUILDER: Suzannah MacDonald, left, a fine gardener at Wild & Scenic in South Kingstown, jumped at the chance to participate in the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association’s apprenticeship program to hone her skills. MacDonald is working with Wild & Scenic owner Meg Gallagher.  / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Still recovering from recession, R.I.’s ‘green-collar’ sector sees hope in an...

When offered a spot in the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association’s apprenticeship program, Suzannah MacDonald was so excited she blurted out “yes, done”...
FIRST APPRENTICESHIP: Coventry-based SeaScape Lawn Care Inc. was chosen by the R.I. Nursery and Landscaping ­Association to host the industry’s first apprenticeship program. From left, James Wilkinson, president, and Michael ­Graeminger, senior lawn technician, with their motorized fertilizer spreader. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

An education in lawn care

SeaScape Lawn Care Inc.’s owner and president, James Wilkinson, has always taken an interest in the education and skills of his workers. “ never been...
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