Farming Is A Way Of Life At Palmer's Turf Nursery In Dunlap

Thursday, March 06, 2014

For Trey Palmer, president of Palmer's Turf Nursery in Dunlap, sod farming isn't just a business – it's a way of life. A way of life that conjures up memories of an older time in our country's history, when farms and farmers were more numerous.

"I love the scenery, the tractors, the simplicity of life, the kids running around on the sod farm," Mr. Palmer said.

Palmer's Turf Nursery was founded in 1994, when Palmer's father decided to get out of the landscaping business and concentrate on producing turf. Mr. Palmer followed in his father's footsteps, earning a degree in turf grass science from Penn State University.

"It was the first college to have a turf grass science degree," Mr. Palmer said of his alma mater.

Palmer's Turf Nursery is one of the businesses highlighted in this month's Tennessee Business Spotlight, a feature on the Secretary of State's website that recognizes Tennessee companies that create jobs, provide valuable goods and services and give back to the communities in which they're located.

This month's theme is "Going Green," focusing on businesses that provide lawn care and landscaping products and services needed as people get their yards ready for spring.

In addition to Palmer's Turf Nursery, the other companies featured this month are:

  • Hillis Nursery Co., Inc. of McMinnville
  • Morris Nursery & Landscapes, Inc. of Jackson
  • MTD Products, Inc. of Martin
  • Volunteer Lawn of Knoxville

"After the rough winter we've had, I know there are people who are looking forward to getting outside and working on their lawns again," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "The companies we've highlighted this month are among the many that help give Tennesseans pride in the way their homes and businesses look. I commend these businesses for the contributions they make to our state."

People who visit the Tennessee Business Spotlight web page can learn more about the featured companies' products, history, operations and employment figures and view photos and links to social media and web sites that can provide additional information. To visit Tennessee Business Spotlight, go to www.spotlight.tnsos.net.

To nominate a company to be featured in Tennessee Business Spotlight, please visit the web page and click on the "Submit a Business" link or call (615) 253-8800.


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