The first of the green valley’s seven fields is now in operation.
“We have a lot of excitement and a lot more growth,” said Chris Naylor, the director of irrigation for the Green Valley Project.
“It’s a new year.
It’s just a different look.”
“We have the ability to put in a lot better grass, we have the capacity to put a lot bigger grass,” said Naylor.
The fields are now in the early stages of production and can be seen from Highway 1807 as well as from Highway 14.
“We’re hoping we can have a full year in the field by the end of the year,” said Dave Naylor of the Green Village Project.
The new fields are part of a $30 million project by the Greenville-Gulf Coast Regional Development Authority to bring in more than 1,000 acres of grass.
They were planted by the team at the National Greenways Project, which is located on the Gulf Coast.
In all, they’re expected to generate up to 5 million gallons of water per day, which will be fed back into the Green River, which feeds the city of Greenville.
It’s not the first time the Greenvillage Project has planted green valley grass.
The project planted the green, green, and green grass along the Green Line Trail from the Green Lake Trailhead to Green Valley in 2013.
With more than 200 years of experience, the Greenvale project is well-versed in the production and maintenance of green valley fields.
One of the first things that the project did was plant the first of five green valley field sites, Naylor said.
The next was a $10,000 field on the Green Trail in 2014.
As for the new fields, Nallys said they are designed to be planted in a staggered fashion to provide the best grass, not just in one location.
The fields will be seeded at the beginning of spring and planted into rows that will be planted back to back.
This will allow for better control of the weed problems that are prevalent in the green area.
“We want to create a very resilient ecosystem for the future,” said Jim O’Connor, the executive director of the Gulf Coastal Regional Development Agency.
All of the field sites will have a minimum of six acres of land that will grow up to 12 feet tall and can grow up through 20 feet in height.
Nallys and O’Cohen also plan to install additional green valley sites on the west end of Green Valley Road, near Green Lake Road.
These sites will be on private land, but will be able to be used by residents of Greenvillager.
O’Connors hopes to start work on the projects in mid-August.
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