Aaron Johnsen, Owner, began working in the turfgrass management industry at Eagle Valley Golf Course in Woodbury, MN. After three summers at Eagle Valley, Aaron enrolled at the University of Minnesota where he received a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Horticulture with a Turfgrass Management emphasis and a minor in Business Management. While completing this degree, Aaron participated in two internships at Somerset Country Club in Mendota Heights, MN. He also received many awards including the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association Scholarship and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Mendenhall Award.
In 2006, Aaron interned with The Toro Company's Center
for Advanced Turf Technology. In this role, he worked
with Toro's research and development group to study
soil moisture, plant reflectance, compaction, and topography.
During that summer, Aaron also interned with the United
States Golf Association Green Section under Bob Vavrek.
In 2007, Aaron began a Master's of Science program
at the University of Minnesota. He studied the use of
reflectance technology to detect and predict drought
stress in creeping bentgrass fairways. Aaron also assisted
with research on pesticide loss, pesticide efficacy,
turfgrass varieties, and turfgrass breeding. Aaron was
awarded with the 2007 Watson Award from the Golf Course
Superintendents Association of America.
After completing his Master's of Science Degree, Aaron
worked for Spectrum Technologies, Inc. as a Green Industry
Consultant. Aaron's primary role was to help turfgrass
and landscape managers implement technology traditionally
used by plant researchers. The technology Aaron worked
with included weather stations, soil moisture sensors,
salinity measurement instruments, compaction meters,
and reflectance sensors. Aaron also participated in
product development, including working on a green speed
meter, soil moisture sensor, and reflectance meter.
Aaron recently left Spectrum Technologies, Inc. to move back to Minnesota and pursue new opportunities. Aaron looks forward to bringing the wealth of knowledge he has gained in these experiences to each and every client.