Project EverGreen Launches Pilot Program with Habitat for Humanity
Project EverGreen began its relationship with Habitat for Humanity at a landscape completion celebration for four families on Sept. 16 in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. The purpose of the partnership is to promote the value of green spaces while simultaneously helping low-income families move into beautifully landscaped homes of their own.
As the crews laid the sod, Golden Valley Mayor Linda Loomis, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and Project EverGreen representatives made a presentation to the families receiving the homes, followed by an outdoor lunch. Melinda Lenz from Toro presented each of the families with a lawnmower; shovel, rake and pruners courtesy of Corona Clipper; a Project EverGreen watering can, hat and t-shirt, and literature on the importance of green spaces.
Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) members B&B Hoffman Sod Farm, Central Turf Farms and Blue Valley Sod, all Minnesota sod companies, joined forces to donate crews, sod and trucks to the families. TPI is a major contributor to Project EverGreen. The event was covered by local radio and newspaper, and members of the city council were in attendance as well.
“Watching the kids roll around on the sod with their parents really brought home how important green spaces are in America’s neighborhoods,” said Den Gardner, executive director of Project EverGreen. “Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity not only accomplishes our mission as an organization, it connects us with people who do not take green spaces for granted. We hope to grow this program to several cities in the U.S. next year.”
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