MORE THAN JUST A LANDSCAPE COMPANY
My name is Brandon Waugh, Owner/Operator of Advanced Gardening Solutions LLC. I am 31 years old and live in the beautiful town of Salida Colorado, with my wife Meghan and our son Jackson. Before coming to Colorado 7 years ago, I grew up in a small town farming community in southern Wisconsin. Growing up on a farm was a lot of work. As far back as I can remember I had chores, all of us had chores. It started with taking care of the animals on the farm, to driving the tractors when I could reach the pedals. We farmed about 200 acres, and alfalfa hay was our cash crop, but most of what we produced on the farm went towards feeding the animals.
Today, with big corporate farms running the show, farms like the one I grew up on are becoming few and far between. So much has changed just in my time here on earth, that I can hardly imagine what it must be like for my parents and grandparents, reflecting back to the way things use to be. Everything moves so fast. Even though this way of life is seemingly fading away before our very eyes, there are still many places on this earth where it is very much alive and well.
When I moved to Colorado in 2009, it wasn’t quite culture shock, but I did realize the culture here was much different. Already having a background in labor-driven work, it was no problem staying busy. My first big job here was working for the Town of Dillon taking care of the parks and recreational sites around town. I really took a liking to being involved and helping the community I lived in. From there we went south to the Spanish peaks region and lived in the middle of nowhere Colorado. It was this place that my skills I learned growing up on the farm really came in handy. Growing up on the farm was a tough life and we made the best of what we had. That’s exactly what it was like in Aguilar, people there live isolated, far from your typical modern day conveniences. In places like these you make the best of what you have and you take care of your things because they're all you’ve got. If something breaks down, going to town is quite the trip. Living in a place like this took being resourceful to another level. Living there was like going back in time. After one long year, we continued our journey on forward to Salida. We really like Salida, so much in fact we decided to buy a house and start a family here. My first job in Salida was working for a landscape company and things have been looking up since.
A NEW CHAPTER
After traveling around the state and seeing different ways of life and meeting so many wonderful people I began to realize something. Everywhere I went, someone needed help. Over the past 7 years I have helped so many people with so many different projects. Not only sharing my knowledge with these people, but also gaining a great deal of knowledge from them as well.
I would say overall, the culture here in Colorado seems to be much more eco- friendly and "go green" than what I was used to back in Wisconsin. The combination of sharing and gaining knowledge seemed to be leading me down a certain path. All of this knowledge sparked a lifestyle change for me. I eventually found myself eating healthier foods and becoming more in tune with my body and its surroundings.
Outside of landscaping, I continued taking on various other weekend projects. This ultimately led me to starting my own business. However I didn’t want to start simply a landscape business, I wanted it to be bigger than that. I wanted to continue down this path of sharing and gaining knowledge while helping others.
You may have heard the term used before, but what does it mean to "go green". Well, in Colorado this term brought on a new meaning to some. With the legalization of cannabis for recreational use, it triggered what people were calling a "green rush". It is so prominent in this state, we can not even build a greenhouse without someone joking "what are you growing in there!?" Well, we may be into some alternative styles of growing, but this business is not about growing cannabis.
The "go green" that we are talking about, is the eco-friendly, green energy, green diet kind of green. Advanced Gardening Solutions is geared towards those who want to live healthier, for those who want to live more simply. Are you tired of being tired all the time and need a change in your life? Simply changing your diet can change your life in so many ways. So much food we consume today is loaded with all this junk we don’t even need, and in many cases, isn't even good for our bodies. I don’t even want to get into all the GMO's they use in crops and animals. It's not all scary stuff though. Things are getting better with all of the organic options on the shelf now, but in many cases even the organic food isn't exactly "fresh". More and more people are getting in tune with their bodies and paying attention to what they are putting in. You know what they say, you get what you put in; that holds true for your body too! The energy you get from fresh picked food from your own garden is absolutely incredible. People are feeling good by eating healthier foods and leading an active life. More and more people are going green and starting their own gardens. There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own food and eating the fruits of your labor. With so many new ways to grow, there really is no excuse not to! Whether you live in town or live in the country, growing outside or inside, big or small, we have a solution for you! Advanced Gardening Solutions works with you to determine your individual needs and design a customized system for you. Anything from a basic garden or greenhouse to simple indoor window gardens, all the way to completely customizable and automated grow systems.
So maybe you're already living a green lifestyle and want to go greener? Maybe you want to explore Solar energy? Maybe you want to go off-grid? Advanced Gardening Solutions has options for you too! Anything from powering your greenhouse with solar, to going off grid and starting up your own homestead, we are into that too! Here at Advanced Gardening Solutions we're about more than just landscaping, gardening, growing and going green. We're all about helping you achieve your goals in becoming healthier and leading a more sustainable lifestyle.