Jay Becknell…Our Bulk Mulch & Stone Manager

Did you know that Shady Brook Farm makes its own mulch to ensure its customers are getting the highest quality? Meet our Mulch Man, Jay Becknell!

Jay grew up outside of Chicago, and moved to Langhorne during middle school. He now lives in Levittown with his wife and young twin boys. Jay has worked at Shady Brook Farm for 18 years, and he’s been the Bulk Mulch and Stone Manager for the last 10 years. He’s also spent the past 6 years helping with mulch production on the farm, with the goal of providing the best product possible. Jay explains, “While my knowledge of the field has grown over the past decade, my primary goal has always been to provide the best experience for our customers — being able to answer any question, or step in wherever it’s most helpful is a great feeling…it’s something I take pride in, and something that we all aim for at Shady Brook Farm.”

Jay’s  career on the farm began in 1999 as an actor on the Hayride of Horror. He gradually took on more responsibility — eventually taking over management of the hayride. It was part of his transition to full time at the farm, and helping with Horrorfest made it a natural fit.

On his time off he loves spending time with his wife and kids, and camping in the summer and fall.

Now here’s a fun fact… Jay is a huge movie nerd — think original copies of campy movies on VHS, full size Gremlins decorating the garage, etc. His sons argue over Darth Vader vs.The Ghostbusters!

When asked if there’s anything else he’d like to mention, Jay replied, “I’m currently working with other members of our Garden Center team on our newest division, Techo-Bloc. It’s a premium paver block, and a great addition to our mulch and stone lineup.”

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