Your Green Life: "Building A Green Community"

By KBJR News 1

April 18, 2013 Updated Apr 18, 2013 at 8:45 AM CDT

Duluth, MN
It may not look like spring, but a few landscaping professionals are already looking forward to start digging in the dirt for a good cause.
This newly formed group has a goal of helping their community through green practices.

Louise Levy, the Owner of Levy Tree Care and the one who brought the group together told me, "So we have 2 main goals of the 'green industry group" in Duluth. The first one, service to our selves, promoting increased professionalism and knowledge and expertise within our professions but also service to our community."

One of their projects will start when the ground thaws is at MAC–V, the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans. They hope to build a better place for homeless veterans to garden and relax.

"Putting in some raised beds that would be accessible for handicapped folks," Says Keegan Hartley, the Owner/Designer at Bella Terra Landscaping, "and then they can actually plant vegetables and enjoy the maintenance and also the fruits of their labor as far as vegetables and what not. So those are a couple of the ideas here."

Doing this as sustainably as possible is a big goal for the group. But they also want to help build a sustainable community.

Jeff Grover, the Owner Grover Tree Experts INC said "I think this is a great start, which levy has created and I think that the skies the limit as far as community service goes."

And with a diverse group of professionals comes a diverse list of ideas on ways to better our community and our environment.

"We can add to that by adding rain gardens to collect surface water runoff, even better. And when we have Lake Superior right here, I feel as a golf course superintendent to be a good steward of the land, it's good for us to do." Says Jake Ryan, the Course Superintendent at Northland Country Club.

The second project the group has planned for this spring is trimming brush at the Oneota Cemetery. They will begin once the weather cooperates more.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch