The Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association (PLNA) awarded horticulture instructor Chuck Feld the honor of life membership and Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist (PCH) emeritus status at their annual Recognition Event and Membership Meeting at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg recently.
Feld received the honors for his many special contributions and dedicated service to PLNA in his 46 years of membership.
Feld served on PLNA’s board of directors from 1994-2000, served on numerous committees, and served as a chapter officer. In 2008, he was given the Hall of Fame Award and in 1974 he was in the first group to take PLNA’s rigorous three-day exam for PCH status.
With these honors, Feld will no longer have to pay dues or get education credits as conditions of membership.
Feld, who has been a horticulture instructor at Williamson since 2007, said “PLNA is one of the top horticulture organizations in the entire country and it is a great honor to be recognized by them after all these years of membership and service. It is nice to know they appreciate my contributions and knowledge of the field.”
He has worked in the horticulture field since the 1970s, some of that time working for different firms and on his own from 1997 to 2006. He has participated in 46 Philadelphia Flower Show exhibits, winning numerous awards.
PLNA is the leading trade association representing Pennsylvania’s $6.8 billion green industry. Founded in 1904, its members include landscape contractors, retail garden centers, wholesale nurseries, and greenhouses. It’s mission is to strengthen the landscape and nursery industry by building community, expanding knowledge, and protecting values.
Williamson’s Horticulture, Landscaping, and Turf Management Program is a member of PLNA’s education division.