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Fine Earth: 2011 Corporate Philanthropist of the Year

On November 21st, during its 20th annual National Philanthropy Awards Ceremony held at the James Madison University Festival Center, the Shenandoah Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals presented Fine Earth LLC with the coveted Corporate Philanthropist of the Year.

Recent winners of this coveted award include:

  • Dynamic Aviation (2010)
  • Young, Nicholas, Branner & Phillips (2009)
  • Sun Trust Bank (2008)
  • The Harrisonburg Daily News Record (2007)
2011 US Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award

The City of Harrisonburg and Fine Earth LLC show up in a big way in the March, 2011 edition of Free Enterprise, the monthly publication of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Harrisonburg’s “A Dream Come True” playground is featured in an article entitled “Building Business by Giving”, and, in another section, Fine Earth LLC is named the winner of a major national award.

For the third year in a row, Fine Earth LLC of Harrisonburg, Virginia has once again been selected by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to receive the prestigious Blue Ribbon Small Business Award. This award will be presented to seventy-five small businesses from throughout the United States during the U.S. Chamber’s “America’s Small Business Summit”, May 23-25, in Washington, DC.

To receive this award in three consecutive years is extraordinary by any measure. Nominees were evaluated in terms of vision, management practices, employee training and retention, and community service.

“The Blue Ribbon Small Business Award is about more than financially successful businesses. It’s about honoring those that show a commitment to their employees, sound business practices, and bettering their communities”

Thomas J. Donohue

President & CEO

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Fine Earth – A 2010 US Chamber Blue Ribbon Recipient

Fine Earth LLC was 1 of 55 businesses Monday, March 1st, 2010 selected to receive a US Chamber Small Business Blue Ribbon Award for 2010. A second year award winner, Fine Earth LLC, will join other small business owners at the US Chamber Summit in Washington DC in May to receive the award.

“The Blue Ribbon Small Business award is about more than recognizing financially successful businesses. It’s about honoring those that show a commitment to their employees, sound business practices, and bettering their communities.”

-Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber president and CEO

Fine Earth is now trying to defend the Community Excellence Award by winning this for a second year in a row.

Fine Earth, LLC project makes the 2005 “Historic Garden Week in Virginia” Book

Clyde & Debbie McDaniel of 536 F Street hired Fine Earth to install a comprehensive patio, walkway, lighting and water garden area. The project was recognized on page 65 of the book.

“The wood decking and stone patio are multilevel and repeat the cascading effect. Interestingly, the owners are not the gardeners in this beautiful oasis. Instead, they use local talent to do the gardening so they are able to enjoy the results without constant tending. Mr. McDaniel describes himself as a gardener-to-be at some point in the future, perhaps after retirement. He graciously gives credit to Ann Dixon, Chad Layman (from Fine Earth) and Tony Kline”.

Eagle Bay Project of the Month

Fine Earth was featured in Eagle Bay Pavers Monthly Newsletter as the Project of the Month. Here’s the excerpt:

Project of the Month

Healing Garden at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA

Installed by Fine Earth, LLC39

Fine Earth, LLC was hired by Rockingham Memorial Hospital to construct their Healing Garden project in early 2010 at their new Health Campus in Harrisonburg, VA. RMH’s Healing Garden is an outdoor area where patients and visitors can enjoy a beautiful park-like setting in harmony with the surrounding area. The project was designed by Land, Planning & Design Associates of Charlottesville, VA.

The Healing Garden’s focal point is a courtyard area that is constructed of approximately 1000 square feet of BrikStone pavers in Chesapeake Range, laid in a running bond pattern. The BrikStone is bordered by a 6″ X 9″ CottageStone double soldier course. Around the perimeter of the courtyard, Fine Earth constructed Eagle Bay’s Highland Stone Freestanding 3″ and 6″ sitting walls in the Blue Ridge Range color.

Highland Freestanding Columns were built at four ends of the walls to support the corner posts of a pergola, stretching from one side of the courtyard to the other. Incorporated into the walls were natural stone boulders that helped blend the walls with a natural water feature that was another major focal point of the project. The Healing Garden project also features two water gardens, thousands of plants, turf areas and pathways- a serene retreat for patients, staff and visitors.