Bethel Farms Contributes to Katrina Rebuilding Efforts

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Sod company joins forces with Lowe’s to deliver affordable housing solution.

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What we’re excited about is the opportunity to bring back that sense of life that comes with a vibrant green lawn. We want to see kids back outside and playing in their yards again.

Rebuilding and regrowth are two main themes behind Lowe’s Katrina Cottage initiative. And while Lowe’s is committed to supplying the structural components needed to erect this affordable new house, Bethel Farms will supply the sod to restore and beautify the yard.

“Katrina stripped away not only roofs and lumber, but also a lot of the natural beauty in the area,” states Bethel Farms owner Kim Nugent. “What we’re excited about is the opportunity to bring back that sense of life that comes with a vibrant green lawn. We want to see kids back outside and playing in their yards again.”For its part, Bethel Farms is donating the sod, Empire™ Zoysia turf, for the initial phase of the program.

“We felt that Empire was the way to go, since it’s one of the newer grass varieties that has demonstrated good salt tolerance and requires minimum upkeep,” states National Sales Manager Mike Pope.

Katrina Cottages come in four different floor plans, and were designed to withstand winds up to 140 mph. With the exception of construction costs of building the home, HVAC and foundation materials required by local building codes, the cost of a Katrina Cottage at Lowe’s is virtually all-inclusive.

“Between Lowe’s and all their vendor partners, this has developed into a great project that can provide real hope and opportunity for those impacted by Katrina,” Nugent continues. A special press preview and ribbon cutting is scheduled for August 29th, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi with Governor Haley Barbour in attendance.

For more information about the original Katrina Cottage, visit http://www.cusatocottages.com.

About Bethel Farms

Bethel Farms is one of the nation’s largest wholesale growers of sod grass, supplying the needs of homeowners, golf courses, theme parks and municipalities throughout the southeast United States. For more information visit http://BethelFarms.com

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