Somerset Gardens Inc. – Kinkora
This company is run by Pat Duffy, his wife Amy, their son William, and daughter Teresa.
The company has been in operation since 1985. The retail outlet sells annual and perennial plants, shrubs and trees, and offers a custom potting service. They also grow sod for the construction industry and for private homes. They do individual landscape projects for private homes, and last year, they began a snow removal service, which William operates out of Charlottetown.
“Last year, we hired up to 25 people,” says Pat.
“We hired drivers for large and small tractor and trucks, as well as lawn mowers and sod cutters. Drivers of the large trucks require a Class 3 license. We also hire a Class 1 licensed Driver to drive the tractor trailer to deliver sod.
“We find that retired people are great for the driving jobs. Many are retired farmers, who are already familiar with driving heavy equipment. For the greenhouse operation, we hire two or three people from mid-April to the end of July. We look for people who have an interest in plants and are excited about what they do.”
They often hire through student and adult employment programs. Career Development Services pre-screens many of the applicants, and then refers them to the company.
To apply or for more information, call William Duffy at 902-954-1795 or e-mail Pat Duffy at [email protected].