We're Open, Tallahassee: Green Acres provides landscaping help for front line workers

Posted at 7:07 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 15:45:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — With the economic uncertainties from the coronavirus, we here at ABC 27 are shining a light on businesses that are doing their part to help out the community while keeping their business open.

A Tallahassee landscaping company is chopping one chore off the list for front line workers.

Cutting the grass is a tall task, especially this time of the year.

But the owners of Green Acres Landscape Management decided to offer a free residential yard service to front line workers.

"I have a brother-in-law and sister that are both in law enforcement, and they're having to spend a bit more time away from their families and helping out through the pandemic," said Steven Green, the co-owner of Green Acres Landscape Management.

Green and his business partner Ashley Jordan put a call out to the community asking for nominations. So far, they've gotten 10 in two weeks.

Leon County Deputy Sean Strickland was one of them.

"I think this is a tremendous gesture on their par," Strickland said. "Everybody is going through some stressful times. For them to take the time out of their busy schedule to come out here, basically just to acknowledge me for the job that I signed up to do as a law enforcement officer, I think it's special."

"It's great to know that people aren't spending the time they could be spending with their families out sweating in their yards," said Jordan. "It's great to know that kids can have a safe clean space to play outside, and it's also great to know that our employees can keep working."

Employees like landscape tech Melvin Ford, who's cutting the yards of those front line workers.

"It makes you feel warm on the inside," Ford said. "Makes you feel good that you're able to help someone else that's helping us out."

It couldn't have come at a better time for deputy Strickland and his family.

"My wife is a hair stylist, so she's been out of work for well over a month now," said Strickland. "So the loss of a second income has been stressful at times.

Mowing down yards and stresses for those on the front lines.

If you're a business supporting our community, we want to hear from you.

ABC 27 has made it easy to submit your own business.

This is not just Tallahassee. South Georgia small businesses, we want to hear from you too!

Click on the We're Open, Tallahassee tab at the top of the ABC 27 website. Then, tell us your story by filling out the section to the right.

It's our way of letting people know you are open for business, and how they can support you.