"While industry and technology have provided jobs and goods to make life easier, the effect on the environment has been substantial. We can help restore this precious earth with something as simple as turfgrass – the earth’s living skin."

- Doug Fender, TPI Executive Director 1983 – 2004
The winner of the 2017 ATV raffle was Luke Schavey of Blue Valley Sod, Inc.


In 1955, The Lawn Institute was created as a not-for-profit corporation to assist and encourage through research and education the improvement of lawns and sports turf. Since then, the Institute has been one of the most respected authorities in the world among turf professionals and scientists for monitoring, reporting, and interpreting the latest advances in turfgrass research, landscape horticulture, and agronomic science. The Lawn Institute conducts its own research program which funds some of the world's highest regarded turf scientist to fill gaps in our knowledge.

One Time Donation Monthly Donation Forever Green

The Lawn Institute would like to thank the following Turfgrass Producers International members for their generous contribution and support of turfgrass research and education. Please see the chart below for information on our donor programs.

Forever Green
  • Hank & Mary Kerfoot (Modern Turf)

Gold Benefactor

  • Australian Lawn Concepts - John Keleher
  • Blue Valley Sod - Bob Weerts
  • Brouwer Kesmac - Eric Brouwer
  • Coombs Sod Farms, LLC - John Coombs
  • Eagle Lake Professional Landscape Supply - Eric Heuver
  • Emerald View Turf Farm - Eddie Keeven
  • Evergreen Turf, Inc. - Jimmy Fox
  • Heartland Turf Farms, Inc. - Tom Keeven
  • Jasperson Sod Farm - Randy Jasperson
  • Jonathan Green & Sons - Barry Green
  • Mountain View Seeds - Troy Kuenzi
  • NG Turf - Aaron McWhorter
  • Ostfold Gress AS - Johnny Trandem
  • Poyntz Inc. - Philip Poyntz
  • Progressive Turf Equipment - Luke Janmaat
  • SelecTurf Inc. - Jim Keeven
  • Trebro Manufacturing, Inc. - Gregg Tvetene
2017 Green Partner
  • Advanced Equipment - John Janmaat
  • Bethel Farms - Will Nugent
  • Brouwer Sod Farms, Ltd - Gerry Brouwer
  • Bucyrus Equipment Company - Steven Dover
  • Campey Imants - Richard Campey
  • DeBuck's Sod Farms of NY, Inc. - Greg DeBuck
  • Greenhorizons Group - Ron Schiedel
  • John Deere Canada LLC - Charlene Raymond
  • Load Lifter Manufacturing - Dave Tughan
  • Manderley Turf Products - Greg Skotnicki
  • Modern Turf - Hank Kerfoot
  • Patten Seed/Super Sod - Ben Copeland
  • Piedmont Turf Farm - David McCart
  • Saratoga Sod - Steve Griffen
  • Sod Solutions - Tobey Wagner
  • Summit Seed - Ed Lee
  • Turffit Ltd. - William Baird
  • Zander Sod Co. Limited - Claus Zander

2017 500 Club Members

  • Coosa Valley Turf Farms - Thomas Wolf
  • Laytonsville Landscaping, Inc. - Doug Lechlider
  • McCall Sod Farm, Inc. - James Maulden
  • Northern Hills Sod Farm LLC - Roch Bestgen
  • Oregon Turf & Tree Farms - Tom DeArmond
  • Purdy Farms - Ed Purdy
  • R.B. Farms LLC - Robbie Brady
  • Ronald Juip
  • Sales Midwest - Tim Wollesen
  • Somerset Seed & Sod, Inc. - Andy Hutchison
  • Sumter Sod - Chip Block
  • Tri-Turf Sod Farms, Inc. - Jason Pooler
  • Turf Mountain Sod - Fred Pittillo



 Donor Programs


This information provided by The Lawn Institute – www.TheLawnInstitute.org

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