Randy Parker is the owner of R. S. Parker Landscaping and Garden Center and the newest member of Wellness Arts Network. Randy has been in business for 29 years operating a sole proprietor business involving a Christmas Tree farm, lawn & garden maintenance, renovations, backhoe, and skidsteer (small, rigid-frame, engine-powered machine with lift arms used to attach a wide variety of labor-saving tools or attachments – like a scoop). He has a large inventory of nursery stock to choose from whether you use his services or just want to purchase for a DIY project. His newest venture is the former Maple Valley Farm Market at 791 County Road 64 in Big Flats where he will be expanding into produce and other food products in the spring. He can be reached by phone at (607) 739-0082 or (607) 734-6426, by email at RSParkerland@yahoo.com. A website is currently in development.
How did you get to this place?
Randy Parker’s entrepreneurial journey began at the age of 16, mowing lawns for neighbors and some of his dad’s customers. This developed into a landscaping business. With that, he began to stock his own landscaping material and stored everything at 1825 Grand Central Ave. in Elmira Heights. Eventually, Randy opened a full Garden Center. They stock every kind of tree, shrub and evergreen. “If it’s a tree you want, we can get it”. They offer hanging baskets in the spring for Mother’s Day and a few bedding plants, but the focus is on landscape design, installation and maintenance. Recently, Randy opened a Farm Market on County Road 64 in the former Maple Valley Farm Market location across from Simmons Rockwell. They will be offering honey, maple syrup, goat milk soaps, farm fresh eggs and bakery items (in the spring).
His expertise is derived from the ‘school of hard knocks’, and a lot of sweat equity says Randy.
What have been your greatest achievements in your business?
My greatest achievements have been building relationships with the community and establishing a long list of good customers. Outside of business I am a coach for Fingerlakes Falcons Baseball and a past president.
What have been your greatest stumbling blocks in your business?
I haven’t really stumbled much. It’s always been pretty good. I don’t have any complaints.
It doesn’t sound like you are the sort of person who rushes into anything. You are slow and steady.
I’ve jumped into things before but they have all turned out pretty well.
Do people have any misconceptions about you or your business?
I don’t think so. Not that I know of. It’s pretty clear cut. People know what they are getting. (Mom confidently adds, “He presents himself very well”).
If you could have a Do-Over, what would you do differently?
Not a thing.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Doing the same thing. Not much growth. People say to me all the time, “what is your projected growth?”. I tell them there is none. At 30 years in to this, I am comfortable and happy and where I want to be. I like to stay close to every job.
This is a family business with my wife, my mom and dad, and my son. I have 10 employees who work 9 months out of the year. They have been with me for 20 years or so.