Pro snowmobiler David McClure may spend his winter days deep in the backcountry or burning up a snowy racing slope, but in the off-season this dedicated rider hardly takes it easy. Dave breaks the “pro-athlete mold” by owning and operating his own business, Cedera Landscapes in Swan Valley, Idaho. And as they say in this part of the country, Dave is busy “making hay while the sun shines” to support his wintertime sledding addiction.
Dave got his start on his grandparent’s 1200-acre dry farm, where they grow native grasses, wildflowers, alfalfa, and barley. Dependent solely on Mother Nature, with no supplemented irrigation, they created a niche market, providing drought-tolerant seed to local homeowners, nurseries, and landscapers. Soon after, and as demand increased, Dave’s brother built a supplemental business planting the seeds in pastures and yards. Next, homeowners requested sprinkler systems, trees, and hardscapes. So Dave packed up his yard-mowing biz, headed to college, and landed a degree in horticulture (smarty pants!), starting Cedera Landscapes soon after.
Cedera Landscapes provides landscape design services, plant and flower installation, and maintenance to regional homeowners. They work with the natural surroundings by implementing native plants that require less water and pesticides, as well as water-wise sprinkler systems and drips.
Dave helps to not only enhance homeowners’ surroundings, but is also mindful of the aesthetics and resources of his native lands. And come October, when Dave’s crew is buttoning up sprinkler systems and his farmer’s tan has faded, you can bet he’s daydreaming about the snow.
Actually, for Dave, that probably happens as early as July …