TV Series Gives Florida Homeowners Chance For Complete Yard Makeover While Helping Florida Go Green

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Crawford Media Group, creators of the hit Emmy-award winning television show “how to Do florida, hosted by Chad Crawford’” is releasing a new environmental-based series during the spring of 2017 called “Flip My Florida Yard.” The new series will challenge the way Floridians look at their role in preserving the state’s most precious resource, its water, by educating them on the benefits of a native, Florida-friendly yard that requires less watering, fertilizer, etc.

“When we are done with a yard, we’ll see that homeowner using 70 percent less water and 50 percent less chemicals, and that will save them money and more importantly, it’s good for Florida.”

Florida is facing a crisis that many are aware of, but few know what to do about. That crisis involves the state’s most precious resource, water. With almost half of the state’s water consumption going ton yards and with 15 million new residents expected in the next 54 years, it is time to rethink this problem. It doesn't have to be this way. Fortunately, there is one answer that experts say might be revolutionary, but the time to start is now, beginning one Florida yard at a time.

Crawford Media Group, creators of the hit Emmy-award winning television show “how to Do florida’” is releasing a new environmental-based series during the spring of 2017 called “Flip My Florida Yard.” The new series will challenge the way Floridians view their role in preserving the state’s water by educating and empowering them on the benefits of a native, Florida-friendly yard that requires less chemicals, fertilizer and watering. To get a taste of the new series, a trailer can be seen here, https://Vimeo.com/187992983.

The inspiration for the show comes from “how to Do florida” host Chad Crawford and his passion to conserve Florida’s water. Through this show, Crawford is inviting residents to be part of the solution. “Over the past 10 years, I’ve seen our water slowly suffer,” said Crawford. “Just like many residents, I watched and read the news reports on what’s happening with the Lake Okeechobee discharge, and I asked, what can I do to make a difference. This is something we all can do!” 

Crawford’s crew filmed a pilot episode that was part of the most recent season of “how to Do florida.” In that episode, the crew flipped a yard owned by the Volkmann family in the Bradenton area by removing all landscaping and replacing it with Florida-friendly landscaping and grass. “When we are done with a yard, we’ll see that homeowner using 70 percent less water and 50 percent less chemicals, and that will save them money and more importantly, it’s good for Florida,” Crawford added. 

“One of my favorite parts of my new yard is the beautiful wildflowers that attract all of the colorful butterflies,” said resident Berni Volkmann and recipient of a Florida yard makeover in Bradenton. “It is also a relief to not have to keep up with weeding and other maintenance and to know that my yard is great for the environment,” she added.

Just as Volkman did, Floridians will be able to enter their yards to be considered for an episode of “Flip My Florida Yard.” Those who would like the free opportunity to get their yards flipped should complete the online form here, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YardMakeover.

The new series will be broadcast through local affiliates throughout the state of Florida, beginning in the spring of 2017.

Partnership for the series includes the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, St. John’s Water Management District, FANN, FNGLA and the Florida Irrigation Society. See what some of these experts are saying about this new and innovative series that is sure to be a win-win for viewers and for Florida.

“Alachua County has several public springs and other resources that are in danger, due to polluted runoff entering our aquifer. For this reason, we are thrilled to have ‘Flip My Florida Yard’ come to Alachua County, as the program really embraces the principles of converting intensive landscapes to ones that need a lot less chemicals and water. We have to act now, so we can preserve the natural beauty of our state for generations to come!”- Stacie Greco, Water Conservation Coordinator at Alachua County Environmental Protection Department.

"One of the great benefits of living in Florida is our year-round ability to enjoy our state’s natural beauty, but that way of life is being threatened. We must make better choices as Floridians. ‘Flip My Florida Yard’ brings tips and expert knowledge we can all use in our own landscapes. We couldn't be more excited to be part of this effort!”- Jennifer Nelis, Director of Communications and Marketing at Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA).

“We love Chad Crawford, and Flip My Florida Yard is a timely, and fantastic opportunity for us to express our love and contribute to the Authentic Florida that we have enjoyed for so many years through Florida-friendly landscaping. FANN members were honored to serve in the first pilot episode, showcasing some of our native plants and landscaping that compliment this new movement. What a fun and effective way to help Florida residents go really green! — Cammie Donaldson, CEO at Florida Association of Native Nurseries (FANN).

Crawford Entertainment was founded by television host Chad Crawford in Lake Mary, Fla. He is a third-generation Floridian whose quest is to enable viewers how to experience and care for Florida, which is the driving force behind his company’s mission. Crawford is married to Kristy, and together they have four children.

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