is "Paskvan Consulting?"
Consulting is a unique firm that specializes in balanced soil fertility
consulting services for golf courses, golf course construction, sod and
turf farms, and sports fields.
Paskvan makes nutrient recommendations based on the time-honored
principles of balancing soil nutrients set forth by William A. Albrecht,
famous soil scientist at the University of Missouri.
superindendent pulls a soil test sample, and checks for results
of a cost-effective soil fertility program.
Consulting is an independent consulting service.
Craig says, "My services and recommendations are unbiased, objective,
and thorough. I work for you and your success.Time and time again, my clients
impress upon me how much they appreciate my independent status, that I am
not there to push any company's products, or accept kickbacks from nutrient
manufacturers. Trust and respect are the cornerstones of my business. I
have a list of outstanding clients and friends that use my services. Whether
you are public or private, exclusive or small, Paskvan
Consulting will give you the same service that my present clients
have come to expect."
Consultant Half of Paskvan Consulting
is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a double degree in Animal
Science and Agricultural Education. He spent 7-1/2 years teaching high school
agriculture and advising the local chapter of the Future Farmers of America.
Craig then accepted a position
as a farm management instructor, working with and educating farmers. In
this position, he was responsible for assimilating and analyzing all the
records of his clients in order to tell them what was working on their farms
and why. During this period, Craig was introduced to the Albrecht theory
of balanced fertility. He encouraged the farmers with whom he was working
to use Albrecht's methods.
After witnessing the results the farmers obtained, Craig was convinced that
working with balanced soil fertility was what he really wanted to pursue.
In 1992 Craig was asked to look
at a golf course, and, as they say, "the rest is history." He currently
works with over 65 golf courses and sod farms in six states and abroad.
With this firm foundation, Paskvan Consulting
continues to expand nationally and internationally.
Craig firmly believes that once
a teacher, always a teacher: "The more my clients know about what I do and
how I do it, the easier it is for them to apply the balanced nutrient programs
I recommend. Nothing is more satisfying to me than clients who are pleased
with my services."
Craig maintains membership in
the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association, the Arrowhead Turf
Association and the Association of Brookside Consultants (see the "Laboratory"
In 2003, Craig became one of
the first soil consultants trained and certified by the State of Minnesota
through the University of Minnesota concerning the use of phosphorus in
fertilizer. Craig therefore meets all qualifications specified in Minnesota's
strict new environmental protection law (state law S.F. 1555).
"Heart" of Paskvan Consulting
The other half
of the business is run by Craig's wife, Mary.
When Craig is calling on clients, Mary handles much of the administrative
work that mounts up and would otherwise have to wait until Craig is back
in the office. She keeps track of Craig's schedule and appointments and
provides a link between Craig and client superintendents when Craig is
on the road.
Mary is a graduate of Bethel
College in Arden Hills, Minnesota, where she received a degree in history.
Mary managed a law office in St. Paul for 5 years. After Craig and Mary
were married and moved to northern Minnesota, Mary returned to school and
received a degree in elementary education from Bemidji State University,
graduating summa cum laude.
Mary is an elementary school
teacher in the Walker (MN) School District. In 2003, Mary and her class
were the national
winners of the 2003 National Student Publishing Award from Time®,
Time for Kids® and the Association
of Educational Publishers. The award is given to "school magazines
or newspapers with an underlying objective of imparting information on news
and events about the school community or of interest to the school community."(AEP)
The school newspaper is called the Wolf Prints.
left, at banquet dinner with Kathryn Satterfield, editor of Time