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Al Benner with moss milkshake

Al Benner

"Moss Maverick"
Owner, Moss Acres

In many ways, Al has followed his father's moss-covered path, staying closely connected with nature through gardening, landscaping and business. After graduating with a BS degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Al worked in the landscape design and nursery industry, then returned to school part time to earn his MBA from LaSalle University.

In addition to launching Moss Acres in 2000, Al, an entrepreneur and idea guy, has built and headed several other national mail order/web-based companies serving the home gardener, landscape professional and commercial grower markets. As head of Moss Acres, he experiments with and develops new applications for moss and does other "product development" to meet the ever-increasing popularity of moss products and accessories. For years now, Al has been touting all the benefits of moss in radio interviews, TV appearances and seminars. In his spare time, Al is actively involved in growing "Old School Farm" - a bio-diverse small scale organic farm at the same location as Moss Acres, and to creating an educational brand that features "talking seed packs" and interactive books for children - Powerful Plants.