New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association recognized for 100 years of service to the industry
Friday, February 12, 2016
Posted by: Dominick Mondi
Photo Caption (left to right): NJNLA Past President Ed Overdevest, NJNLA Board member Steve Wagner, NJNLA Vice President Jack Otterbein, State Board of Agriculture President Marty Bullock, Assembly Agriculture Committee Chairman Bob Andrzejczak, Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher, NJNLA Past President Noble McNaughton, New Jersey Farm Bureau Vice President Allen Carter, NJNLA Education Foundation President Keith MacIndoe, and NJNLA Executive Director Dominick Mondi
The assembled delegates of the 2016 New Jersey Agricultural Convention unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing “the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association (NJNLA), and its forebearer organizations, on 100 years of serving the nursery and landscape professionals of the state of New Jersey.”
The convention annually assembles delegates from over 100 agricultural organizations to debate and adopt policy resolutions that inform the work of the Department of Agriculture for the coming year. Over 44 resolutions were debated and adopted on issues ranging from farmland preservation to rural communications to drones and agriculture. All the leaders of New Jersey’s agriculture are present at the event, making the recognition all the more significant.
Assemblyman Andrzejczak, chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee, was present and shared his thoughts on the state’s nursery industry. "New Jersey's nursery industry is not only a leader in the State's agricultural community, it is a recognized leader across the country. For over 100 years, this State's nurseries, greenhouses, and sod farms have been a leading economic generator and industry innovator, and I was proud to see that success recognized by New Jersey's agricultural leaders."
The nursery industry ranks as the largest segment on New Jersey’s agriculture, and ranks in the top ten nationally. Nursery, Greenhouse, and Sod account for nearly $400 million in annual sales according to the latest National Agricultural Statistics Service Census of Horticulture released last December. As detailed in the resolution, the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association was first organized in 1915 as the New Jersey Association of Nurserymen, and incorporated under that name in 1935. In the 1950s the organization merged with similar interest groups in the northern part of the state, and in 1988, after seeing a decade long shift in the composition of its membership, formally renamed itself the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association.
Ed Overdevest, partner of Overdevest Nurseries and current candidate for the State Board of Agriculture, was on the Board of the NJNLA in 1988 when the name change took place. According to Ed, “the change in 1988 is a good example of the association’s ongoing efforts to remain relevant to evolving circumstances while continuing to honor its proud past”.
To mark the 100 year anniversary, the NJNLA embarked on an aggressive strategic planning process, and has formally adopted the NJNLA|2020 plan to set a strong vision for the organization in the near future and lay the ground work for the next 100 years of service to the industry. The complete plan and more information can be accessed at www.njnla.org.
The New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association’s mission is to be passionate advocates for professional nursery and landscape businesses in New Jersey. NJNLA was founded in 1915, and currently is celebrating its 100th year of service to the industry. Our 400 plus member companies encompass all facets of the nursery, greenhouse, landscape and retail garden center industry in New Jersey. For more information please visit our website at www.njnla.org.