Reposted from TCS Newletter – view here
Join Twin City Seed in welcoming James Wolfin to our team as Conservation Specialist/Sales Representative
James Wolfin is a native of Queens, New York, and this environment shaped his personality and everything about him. From New York, James earned his Bachelor of Science in Ecology from the University of Delaware where he was first introduced to a Bee Lab and absorbed his professor’s passion for all things bees and pollinators. This love led him to the University of Minnesota where he earned his Master of Science in Entomology specializing in low-flowering turf lawns and their impact on the conservation of bee species and other pollinators.
“We are very excited to have James as a part of the Twin City Seed team,” said Paul Kubista, owner of Twin City Seed. “His knowledge and ability to communicate and educate will be highly beneficial to our clients to Twin City Seed as we expand our service to land managers and commercial/retail users throughout the US.”
At the U of M, James discovered the intersection of research and communication to advance the application of science in the world and became a prolific writer and public speaker. This led him to his role as Director of Education/Sustainable Landcare Manager at Metro Bloom where he developed many of their land practice and educational programs focused on pollinators and clean water in partnership with Blue Thumb. At Twin City Seed, James will work with land managers, commercial and residential users to advance the use of TCS’ Bee Lawn Mix and their other native, sustainable mixes while providing technical support to ensure success.
Representing at the Northern Green Expo
The Twin City Seed team was thrilled to attend this year’s Northern Green Expo and to support the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA). After a year’s hiatus, it was a great opportunity to come together as an industry to learn and network about the improvement and maintenance of our environment.
Bee Lawn was all the buzz this year. Paul grew grass-seed flats and brought them to the show to educate landscapers on how they can incorporate this sustainable solution into large and small commercial and residential landscape projects. TCS’ newest team member, James Wolfin, led a seminar on Bee Lawn Installation and Management in partnership with Blue Thumb.
See you next year at Northern Green Expo!
A Note About Seed Supply
Seed supply continues to be a concern, but in anticipation of these challenges, TCS was happy to reassure clients that we are fully stocked and ready for 2022. Paul wants you all to know, “I got your back.” If there is something you’re having a difficult time finding, please call us.
Thirty Years and Growing to Make a Difference!
TCS is celebrating our 30th anniversary and what better way to celebrate than to give back! So TCS approached Dr. Erik Watkins, head of turfgrass research at the University of Minnesota, and submitted an application to donate 5% of its turfgrass sales to U of M TROE Center for turfgrass science research.
We chose to support this research because they independently research issues that are important to turfgrass managers in Minnesota: Environmental protection; Production and Management; and Breeding and Genetics. This has real-world implications for all of our turf clients including:
- Determining the turf grasses that require the least amount of water/fertilizer to maintain beauty and resiliency i.e. drought tolerance
- Screening grasses for resistance to disease
- Means and methods for increased environmental sustainability overall
Thank you for supporting Twin City Seed for 30 great years. Here’s to 30 more, and doing great work with researchers, seed suppliers and clients throughout the US!