Tammy Kovar's path to becoming a sustainable landscape industry
entrepreneur began in the laboratories of Monsanto, where
she worked as a biologist. She left one of the
world's largest producers of agricultural products with a better
understanding of how the biology of agriculture
works. That has enabled her to fulfill the verdant and lush landscape
dreams of golf courses, planned communities, businesses and homeowners
with an environmentally friendly approach.
The key has been to make landscaping allies out of naturally
occurring soil bacteria. She likens it to the benefits people derive
from eating yogurt.
"This is a pro-biotic for the soil," she says of the bacteria. "There
are companies that ferment and grow them and then we're able to get
them mixed in ratios we like." Kovar eventually wants to develop and
market her own product line of biological landscaping products.
The result is not one, but two successful businesses based in Sarasota, Biological Tree Services
which is a full-service landscaping company, and Sustainable
Landscape Supply, which offers a range of environmentally friendly
horticultural and landscaping solutions.
Kovar's approach to working with nature in the urban Florida
environment has yielded success and that means opportunities for people
who want to join what she calls her "green team" and work toward a goal
of sustainability. She anticipates hiring people who can help her
develop and market products, sell services, manage operations
(especially people familiar with golf courses), arborists and
agricultural chemists. Besides people who can work close to the ground,
Kovar also cites a need for Internet marketing, web and graphic design
professionals. She encourages like-minded people with backgrounds in
these areas to submit resumes.
"We're all about the future and how to make this a better place," she
says. "Everybody at my company has that same passion and together I
think we're going to make a huge impact in Florida, the United States
and the world."
Source: Tammy Kovar, Biological Tree Services