Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2017

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Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain (LC/DBM) (ISSN 2150-9093), is published monthly by Landscape Communications, Inc. 14771 Plaza Drive, Suite A, Tustin, California, 92780 Phone: 714-979-5276; Fax: 714-434-3862. Online version (ISSN 2150-9170). Copyright 2017 by Landscape Communications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without written permission. Periodicals postage paid at Tustin, CA and additional mailing offices. Subscription Inquiries: Send new or renewal notices or change of address (send both new and old addresses) to Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Subscriptions: Licensed Landscape Contractors free of charge. Others: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii & Canada, 12 issues, $34 .95, 24 issues, $55.00, Mexico: 12 issues, $65.00 per year. Additional copies may be purchased by contacting LC/DBM at or 714-979-5276 ext. 115. Postmaster: Please send address changes to Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. >> On January 9, 2017, a group of 32 stu- dents from Luis Valdez Leadership Academy in San Jose, California, came together with Gachi - na Landscape Management to beautify the campus and provide green spaces as part of the school's first Community Service Action Day. Before the Gachina crews guided the stu - dents on the planting of the trees and herbs (that were provided by Gachina), employee Francisco Ruiz led a presentation focusing on the company's core values and reviewed safety procedures. The five Gachina employees who volun - teered were happy and humbled by the dedi- cation of the students, who all come from a low-socioeconomic background. Many of them will be the first in their family to graduate from high school and attend college. More than a third of the students, including several of the female students, expressed having an interest in landscaping as their family members work in the industry. They were excited to learn that the landscape field welcomes women. At Gachina, they make up half of the leadership team. At the end of the day, the students re - alized that landscaping is not only a job, but a career opportunity and that at Gachina "it enriches the life of everyone and everything we touch." During the core values presentation, the stu - dents connected with John's dedication and passion to the community. At one point, they asked if they could meet him (Editor's note: John had passed away a little more than a year earlier) to thank him for having a kind heart, for donating everything that Gachina provided and for making their school more beautiful. The students wrote thank you cards communicating their feelings about the day and their admira - tion of John. Gachina Landscape donated approximately $10,000 in plant material, labor, equipment, expertise and love to this project. LC DBM If you have a project where landscape services were donated pro bono, you can submit your Off the Clock proposal to: or call Mike Dahl at (714) 979-5276 x124. Story Ideas? Above Five volunteers from Gachina Landscape Management helped make the first annual Community Service Action Day at Luis Valdez Leadership Academy, San Jose, California, a success. Plants, trees, and vegetables were planted on campus with the help of 32 student participants. Gachina donated planters and equipment as well as the plant material. Students Lend a Helping Hand By Stacie Callaghan, Gachina Landscape Management, and Alli Rael, LC/DBM 54 LC DBM Gachina Landscape Enhances Campus and Educates Students OFF THE CLOCK

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