The Nursery Sod Growers Association of Ontario Green Certification Program was created with the intent to produce a third-party auditing program of best management practices for nursery sod production in Ontario. The objective of Green Certification is to increase the level of professionalism in the sod industry and promote awareness of the sustainable practices used by sod growers to consumers and industry peers. This certification program is the first of its kind for sod producers in North America. With assistance from a consulting company specializing in grower certification programs, a set of best management practices standards was created for the Ontario sod industry. The standards are specific to the sod industry including water management, nutrient management, pesticide use, soil condition and erosion, record keeping and documentation, worker safety and standard operating procedures. This strictly voluntary program provides assurance to consumers that NSGA Green Certified members meet or exceed industry standards in sod production. In addition, the program promotes a safe workplace environment, recycling and community relations. In order to receive certification, all sites owned or leased by a grower must participate in an independent third-party on-site audit. Upon certification, each operation must submit an annual report and conduct an on-site verification audit a minimum of once every three years. The NSGA is committed to improvement in the best management standards and keeping the standards up to date with changes in provincial regulations and current environmental concerns.
GREEN CERTIFIED GROWERS:
Compact Sod Farms, Division of Greenhorizons Group of Farms
1625 Kossuth Rd., Cambridge, ON, N3H 4R6
tel (519) 653-7494
fax (519) 653-0833
Hamilton Sod, Division of Greenhorizons Group of Farms
2907 Upper James Street South, Mount Hope, ON, L0R 1W0
tel (905) 389-1315, (800) 367-6995
fax (905) 679-4444
Manderley Turf Products Inc.
21 Concourse Gate, Suite 2, Nepean, ON, K2E 7S4
tel (613) 225-7500, (800) 461-5501
fax (613) 225-7752
Petersen’s Turf Farms Ltd.
2381 Manotick Stn. Rd., Osgoode, ON, K0A 2W0
tel (613) 821-2863, (613) 821-3071, (800) 663-2863
fax (613) 821-4683
Southridge Sod Supply Inc.
2408 Manotick Stn. Rd., Osgoode, ON, K0A 2W0
tel (613) 821-3764, (800) 267-9772
fax (613) 821-3811
Willowlee Sod Farms Limited
908 Victoria Rd., Ameliasburg, ON, K0K 1A0
tel (613) 966-0338, (866) 966-0338
fax (613) 966-4724
Young Sod Farms Inc.
360 Foss Rd., R.R. #5, Fenwick, ON, L0S 1C0
tel (905) 892-2681, (800) 667-4075
fax (905) 892-2803
Zander Sod Co. Limited
17525 Jane Street, R.R. #1, Kettleby, ON, L0G 1J0
tel (416) 364-5700, (877) 727-2100
fax (905) 727-8546