Connecticut grounds keepers Association

2021 marks the 51st Anniversary of CGKA's service to the Connecticut Green Industry and the mission of professional development, networking, and raising our standards.

Why Join CGKA?

Let's explore some of the benefits that our members receive by joining the Connecticut Grounds Keepers Association.

Exclusive invitation to our Annual Turf & Landscape Conference with hours of relevant presentations and over 45 vendors.

Monthly newsletters that provide useful information, bid and networking opportunities, and links to relevant industry resources.

Monthly events that create opportunities to refine skills, reinforce safety procedures, and gain knowledge from industry experts.

Our loyal corporate and small business members are here to support and provide CGKA membership discounts to help our Association.

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A meeting will be held on Tuesday October 19 at 4:30 at the Westport VFM for landscapers to meet and discuss the pending ordinance in the Town of Westport regarding the use of gas powered leaf blowers. All landscapers are invited and encouraged to attend to be informed and have a voice in pending ordinances. A copy of the proposed ordinance may be found by clicking here: files.constantcontact.com/bfa3bb2e001/151f56bc-e14d-4a2a-a66c-259037b2913e.pdf ... See MoreSee Less
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The mission statement of the Connecticut Grounds Keepers Association is to serve the landscape contractors in the State of Connecticut. With the decline in agricultural acreage, the landscape contractors and other green industry employees are the de facto stewards of the environment in Connecticut. We install and maintain the green spaces all throughout this state. We believe that our contractors should be permitted to have all the tools necessary at their disposal to provide their customers and communities with an affordable outdoor experience. We believe that proposed legislation restricting gas powered equipment is an irresponsible impediment on our trade. These regulations are yet another example of laws which disproportionately impact those who have the least in our state and communities. These laws cater to the 1%, leaving seniors, suburbia, and limited income households at the largest disadvantage. Furthermore, the additional labor necessary to compensate for replacing effective gas powered equipment are not high paying jobs the legislature hopes to foster in our state. The progressive transition in the powering of our equipment should be allowed to happen as technology advances and becomes economically feasible for implementation. By enacting these irresponsible bans elected officials are putting our contractors out millions of dollars in both the investment in their gas powered equipment and in the excessive replacement cost without any discussion of compensation for the landscape contractors.We will have additional resources and language for our members and the landscape contractors in this state in the coming weeks. At this time we are encouraging all of our members to be active within your Town and City Governments. Presence is the best way to properly advocate for your family, your business, and our industry. ... See MoreSee Less
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Join CTEC at The Truck Bar in Higganum, CT for CTEC's Second Annual Cornhole Tournament & Cow Chip Bingo Raffle on Wednesday, October 13, 2021! The event will run from 4:00pm-8:00pm, with an open bar throughout, food catered by Eli's on Whitney and an opportunity to earn a continuing education credit by attending the first hour from 4:00 to 5:00. There are arcade games, pool tables, and axe throwing (no experience required) in addition to the cornhole tournament, so bring your friends and family! You can also promote your business or organization via sponsorships at a range of levels. For more details and to register: www.ctenvironmentalfacts.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1528885You can also email CTEC@ctenvironmentalfacts.orgWe hope to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less
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For those of you looking to obtain your Supervisory License:Registration for the 2021 Fall ONLINE Ornamental & Turf Short Course is open.This eight week course starts on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Live virtual meetings and reviews will be held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 7:00pm. Each week a new learning module will be presented along with a review of the past week.Please read the attached Course Description for more important details and information before registering.The registration fee is $375 and can only be done online, at this link, with a credit card. secure.touchnet.com/C21646_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=29&CATID=90 Scroll down to Ornamental & Turf Short Course. Please register as a guest.Please note, the last day to register is October 10, 2021. ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you to everyone who supported the Wishes on Wheels Convoy today. We appreciate you donating your time and energy to a worthwhile cause and event.Thank you for your generosity:All State Landscape Service LLCInnovative Lawn & Landscape LLCTFF Services LLC ... See MoreSee Less
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