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Inside the industry of growing football fields

“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.”

— Walt Whitman

HAMMONTON, N.J. — They’re cutting big swaths of Kentucky bluegrass at Tuckahoe Turf Farm this week. On Wednesday they’ll load it on trucks for the drive 30 miles northwest to Lincoln Financial Field. It’s poetic that this bluegrass as new grass will arrive in Philadelphia by way of the Walt Whitman Bridge.

Whitman is our great American laureate of lawns. Leaves of Grass is his masterwork, although Tuckahoe’s turf is not so much a journey-work of the stars as for them.

Luminaries of the sports firmament play their games on grass grown here. The fabled frozen tundra at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field and the green grass below the Green Monster at Boston’s Fenway Park started as seedlings on this South Jersey farm at the edge of…

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