Greenhorizons is not just a sod farm. We are a community. As such, we work extremely hard to help support great causes in our area. There are more uses for our farm fresh sod than you might think! For instance, Come Alive Outside and Habitat for Humanity provided us with some great opportunities to give back this year.
It’s a basic human need that most of us in the Western World take for granted… You know that your house likely hasn’t moved since this morning. You assume that you’ll pull into your driveway, unlock your door, and have the pleasure of winding down after work. Unfortunately, there are many people in Hamilton and all over North America that can’t afford housing.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is an organization that ‘brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable home ownership’. Some of the most famous volunteers at this organization are former President of The United States Jimmy Carter, and his wife, Rosalynn. In 1976, Habitat was created to develop a concept of ‘partnership housing’. In other words, those who are in need of a home would work alongside the volunteers to build a house. Upon completion, a no-interest payment plan to cover the cost of the house would help homeowners until they own the home outright. Because of this organization, these homeowners are able to gain the self-reliance that their families need to break free from the cycle of poverty.
Greenhorizons’ Farm Fresh Sod
So, what’s Greenhorizons’ role in the Habitat for Humanity project? On June 2, 2018, the Barton Village BIA organized a street festival. At this street festival, Greenhorizons – Hamilton donated their farm fresh sod for their Green Street Challenge. Come Alive Outside created this great program. We laid our Premium Kentucky Bluegrass farm fresh sod on a massive section of Barton St. thereby creating a space for many toys and activities for kids to enjoy.
The purpose of this challenge is to put emphasis on the importance of spending time outside since many of us simply don’t spend enough time outdoors anymore. However, spending too much time inside can be detrimental to your physical and mental state. The Challenge not only provides the opportunity to get people outside, but also gets people active and enjoying the outdoors. Everyone was ecstatic to have such luscious farm fresh sod to enjoy in the middle of the Barton Street Festival.
More Plans for the Farm Fresh Sod
After dropping off the required farm fresh sod that morning, volunteers took their time to carefully lay the sod on the road for an afternoon of fun. The best part about this donation is that the Green Street Challenge had further plans for our farm fresh sod… After the street festival was complete, the sod was rolled up again and transported to a Habitat for Humanity project! So not only did our sod provide a lush green space for street festival visitors, it will provide a permanent green space for a few hardworking Habitat for Humanity candidates.
In December, there were three families that gained access to their brand-new homes with the help of Habitat. In this article, on the Habitat for Humanity website, the homeowners talked about how grateful they were. They go on to explain that, without Habitat’s help, they wouldn’t have been able to own a home. These three families now also have farm fresh sod in their yards in addition to shelter from the harsh elements of Canada. This is all because of Greenhorizons and the Barton Village BIA. What a great way to start their summer, and ours.