Behind every roll of natural grass sod is a farm where it grows and a producer who cares for it. Many of them are second- and third-generation farmers whose family businesses also grow soybeans, potatoes, blueberries and more. They are responsible stewards of the environment and take pride in caring for the land.
Since 1967, TPI has proudly served these member farms, who reside in almost every U.S. state and more than 30 countries to bring quality sod and seed to their customers. Explore our directory of member farms below to connect with a natural grass producer near you and enjoy all that natural grass has to offer!
TPI Member Farm Profile
The story of Bethel Farms began when Kim Bethel’s father offered her husband Will a job as a laborer at his farm, which was then focused primarily on poultry. Will and Kim worked in the family business and founded Bethel Farms in 1995, where a growing focus became turfgrass, cattle and oranges. Over the years, Will and Kim innovated their practices and leveraged strong relationships to expand their sod into home improvement retailers like Walmart, Lowe’s and The Home Depot. By 2008, Bethel Farms was the largest sod supplier to the major U.S. home improvement stores.
Seeking to tap deeper into the DIY homeowner customer market, the Bethel team founded Harmony Turfgrass as a line of best-in-class grass varieties specific to each region of the country’s environment. The grasses are categorized by intended usage – home, play and shade – to make the sod buying experience simpler. Similar to Bethel Farms, Harmony Turfgrass has grown to a national distribution in The Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart by 2012.
With all three of their children – Ashley, Jason and Tyler – working in different segments of the business, Will and Kim see a bright future ahead. “Surround yourself with smart people and positive people that you can learn something from” is Ashley’s favorite quote of her father. It captures the spirit of Bethel Farm’s culture.
To learn more about Bethel Farms, visit their website here: https://bethelfarms.com/
TPI Member Farm Profile
Coon Creek Sod Farms
Founded in 1987, Coon Creek Sod Farms is the result of 100 years in sod farming. It all began in 1867 when Carl Mueller migrated from Germany to Illinois, where he farmed tomatoes, peppers and cabbage. Carl’s oldest son William began growing sod in 1919 for grass around the graves in local cemeteries. Generation after generation carried the torch of the family business. Three expansions across northern Illinois led to Rick Pump Sr. and his wife Marlene opening the 900-acre Coon Creek Sod Farms, which was passed on to Rick Pump Jr. and his wife Nicole in 2015.
The farm is known for its premium blend of Kentucky Bluegrass sod, as well as corn and soybeans. It also provides grass seed, lawn fertilizers, herbicides, erosion control products and mulch to its wholesale and retail customer base. Coon Creek Sod Farms does not harvest sod in advance; it cuts sod fresh with each order to ensure the highest quality possible.
If you pay a visit to Coon Creek Sod Farms, you might see the Pump children taking turns riding in the John Deere tractors with their dad. A product of four generations and a proud member of TPI, Coon Creek Sod Farms embodies the heritage of family farming.
To learn more about Coon Creek Sod Farms, visit their website here: https://cooncreeksodfarms.com/
TPI Member Farm Profile
John Coombs Sr., Coombs Sod Farms
Elmer, New Jersey
If you find yourself on a golf course in New Jersey, Philadelphia, southern New York or Delaware, you may be enjoying the sod grown by TPI member Coombs Sod Farms. Located in Elmer, New Jersey, Coombs Sod Farms was founded in the late 1700s by John Coombs Sr.’s great great great grandfather. What started as a 167-acre vegetable and dairy farm has grown to 1,500 acres of sod, potatoes and grain today. The farm offers tall fescue, bluegrass, fine fescue and bentgrass that grow well in the New Jersey sandy clay loam soil. The farm’s crops – which also include corn and soybeans – work together to balance fertilizer and herbicide needs.
John Coombs currently leads the farm, marking the eighth generation of Coombs Sod Farms. His wife, Donna Coombs, grew up on a potato farm and manages the finances and administrative needs, while the couple’s oldest son John Coombs Jr. serves as the general manager of the business, and their youngest son Kevin oversees sod production. John describes the family dynamic as collaborative and supportive, which will carry the family business into the ninth generation and more to come.
John learned of TPI through a neighboring sod farmer in 2000, when Coombs Sod Farms transitioned from grain crop to sod. Since then, John has served on the TPI board of trustees and most enjoyed building a supportive community and friendships around the world. “There’s no doubt in my mind that I’m more successful, both personally and professionally, because of TPI.”
To learn more about Coombs Sod Farms, visit their website here: https://www.coombsfarms.com/.