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Harry Nifong, Jake Nifong and Jacob Nifong

Harry Nifong, Jake Nifong and Jacob Nifong

Charles Goslen - circa 1950

Charles Goslen – circa 1950

Our family has been in the tree care business in one form or another for four generations. My grandfather, Charles Goslen, was a tree farmer accredited by the NC Tree Farmers System. He was well known for his love of his farmland and his woodland. In December of 1950 an article in the Winston-Salem Journal described him as “a pioneer in soil conservation and modern farming methods”. My grandfather taught me about stewardship of the land and the forest. Stewardship is taking responsibility for nurturing and caring for natural resources. It takes more than good intentions. It requires skill and knowledge.

My father, Jake Nifong, began doing residential tree work sometime in the early 1970’s. He never advertised. You couldn’t find him in the Yellow Pages. His business was built completely on word of mouth. Dad believed that doing a great job for people was the best way to get repeat business and referrals. I think that he was right about that. The things that Dad taught me about honesty, fairness, and doing high quality work are central to our company’s mission today.

1970’s photo of Dad at Grandview

1970’s photo of Dad at Grandview

Dad at age 70 in a tree

Dad at age 70 in a tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harry Nifong

Harry Nifong

 

I grew up in the tree business. I guess that I share my grandfather’s love of growing trees and my Dads’ love of climbing them. I have invested a lot of time studying tree health and biology. I find pruning to be very rewarding. I know that we are doing the best thing for the long term health of the trees. I also enjoy the technical challenge of difficult removals. Every job is unique.

WHY RENAISSANCE?

When I took over the business I decided to take to incorporate. I picked the name Renaissance Tree Care for a variety of reasons.

Renaissance is French for “rebirth”. I feel that I have come back to my roots. I grew up in the tree care business. Returning to run this business feels like coming home.

The Renaissance was a period of time, a cultural movement, which saw great advances in literature, philosophy, art and science. I think that the same thing on a smaller scale is taking place in the field of arboriculture. Great advances are being made in the study of caring for trees in an urban environment. People are becoming more aware of the value and importance of trees in cities and suburbs. It is an exciting time to be a part of this industry.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man might be the most familiar and recognizable symbol of the Renaissance. I borrowed the inspiration for our company logo from Da Vinci’s famous image. The circle and square that simultaneously circumscribe the human form were said to represent art and science. I believe that high quality tree work involves this same blend. The art of tree care is applying modern scientific methods to mold a tree into a safer, healthier aspect of the landscape. I replaced the human form with an image of a tree.

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Thank you for taking the time to explore our website. Please do not hesitate to call or email if we can help you with any of your tree care needs. We are happy to provide a prompt free quotation at your convenience.

Harry Nifong