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
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/.