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Industry roundup: GreenCare for Troops holds first Band Blitz fundraiser
Beth Hyatt | September 19, 2017
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Photo: Project EverGreen

Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops (GCFT) recently hosted its first Band Blitz fundraiser. GCFT is a nationwide program that provides free lawn and landscape services to eligible military families with a deployed service member and post-9/11 veterans with a service-connected disability.

Three local bands took the stage throughout the evening to entertain the crowd and share information regarding GCFT. The bands were The Delano Six, Little Chicago and Delano River Band. Little Chicago is managed by Den and Dan Gardner, Delano natives. In 2006, GCFT says that Den Gardner was instrumental in the group’s launch.

More than $10,000 was raised through ticket sales, beverages and food and a raffle ticket sale for a chance to win Toro power equipment. The group says that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Delano American Legion.

During the event, State Rep. Joe McDonald read a proclamation from Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announcing for GCFT/Delano American Legion Post 377 Day, and Congressman Tom Emmer offered his greetings to the crowd.

Local GCFT volunteers William Krammer of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, and Spencer Werness of Burnsville, Minnesotta, were recognized by the crowd; Werness’ son serves in the Army National Guard.

“Thriving lawns, trees and plants go beyond the aesthetics; they are an integral part of the social fabric of a community, and provide a safe yard for kids to play and a serene environment for military families to de-stress,” says Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. “Managed yards are also instrumental in helping wounded veterans rehab and re-connect with their families.”

The following sponsors supported the event: The Toro Co., State Bank of Delano, GIE Media, Weed Man USA, Bridge House Coffee & Café, Jack Tackaberry, Calbrandt Inc., Lupine Brewing Co., Gardner & Gardner Communications, Bonde Bistro, Delano Herald Journal, Coborn’s, HJ Development, Randy’s Environmental Services and American Family Insurance.

Toro announces 2018 Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program

The Toro Company announced its 16th annual Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program will be held in January 2018.

One turfgrass science student will have the opportunity to travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to help the grounds crew prepare the football field. Toro says that with its extensive history of supporting student scholarships and educational activities, the company and the National Football League are proud to offer this learning experience.

For almost 50 years, Toro says its equipment and representatives have been involved in preparing the stadium and practice fields for the Super Bowl. Starting with the inaugural World Championship in 1967, Toro says the NFL grounds crew has relied on Toro for its expertise and equipment in preparing the game field and multiple practice facilities. The organizations partnered in 2002 to establish the Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program.

Through this program, Toro says its crew and the NFL’s Super Bowl grounds team collaborate to offer a program aimed at enhancing the skills of emerging sports turf professionals. Toro says this program provides hands-on experience in maintaining and establishing one of the highest quality and safest playing surfaces in the world.

This year’s recipient will work alongside Ed Mangan, NFL field director, George Toma and the Super Bowl grounds crew at U.S. Bank Stadium on synthetic turf maintenance, field preparation for media day, logo painting, halftime preparation and field clean up.

The winner will be on hand at U.S. Bank Stadium beginning on Jan. 27 to begin preparing the field leading up to the game on Feb. 4.

Applicants must submit an application form and a 500-word typed essay that describes the applicant’s professional goals to be considered for the program.

A reference and resume are required, and entries must be accepted by Oct. 20, 2017. The application must include the information of a school advisor or representative.

Applicants must be enrolled in at least the second year of a two-year turf program or in at least the junior year of a four-year turf program.

The winner will be notified no later than Nov. 4, and application can be completed online.

New Whole Foods in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood features green wall

Novak Construction recently served as the contractor for the new Whole Foods Market Midwest flagship location in Chicago, Illinois. Located in the Lakeview neighborhood at the historic Ashland-Belmont-Lincoln intersection, the 75,000 square-foot store is wrapped on three sides by a green wall.

The 10-foot high vertical garden features more than 5,000 plants and was created with the LiveWall system.

“The living wall softens the building’s exterior while providing beautiful greenery along the busy pedestrian corridors,” said Grey Novak, Novak Construction project manager. “It is a unique landscape feature that everyone in the neighborhood can enjoy.”

The wall was installed by Classic Landscape, LTD, and totals 4,740 square feet. It is divided into three sections: north, south and west.

The LiveWall system is comprised of modular planter boxes that contain more than 5,000 plants, and LiveWall says it customized the plant selection from a palette of seven different perennials based on the anticipated patterns of light each side would receive throughout the day.

“The living wall complements both the new landscaping added outside the store as well as the existing landscape of the neighboring area,” said Nick Aholec, construction project manager, Midwest Support Office, Whole Food Market. “It represents what Whole Foods is all about: organic, natural and intimately tied to the neighborhoods we serve.”

Photo: LiveWall

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