The smell of freshly cut grass, times a million
A Burford, Ont. sod farm is providing Pan Am Games grass
Burford, Ont. is sod’s country.
Plants there root into the Norfolk sand plain, stretching from Cambridge to Long Point. Dubbed “tobacco sand” for the crop that once dominated the fields of southwestern Ontario, the loam covering the region is ideal for growing.
Ginseng, corn, broccoli.
And Pan Am Games playing fields.
When a left fielder dives face first to catch a speedy grounder this summer, she will be eating a mouthful of turf grown at the Greenhorizons Sod Farms in Burford.
The company was commissioned to outfit the new York track and field stadium and Ajax ballpark ahead of the Games. Angus Glen Golf Course and BMO Field, which will also host Pan Am events, got the Greenhorizons sod treatment years ago.