Sodco was started in 1981. The 500-acres of land in Slocum, RI upon which Sodco was built make it the largest contiguous farmland in all of Rhode Island - but this land wasn’t always a sod farm.
Our Farm’s Past
The farm that would eventually become Sodco was originally a potato farm. Years later, the farm was sold off and converted into a dairy farm and then sold again to the New York New Haven Railroad - who planned to use the entire area for an industrial complex. This complex was never built and in 1970 the Tucker Family, which had been leasing the land to grow potatoes and sod, bought the farm.
The Start of Sodco
When Sodco took over the farm in 1981, it was turned over completely to sod, specifically bluegrass fescue. Over the years, the farm’s crops have been changed to also include bentgrass and turf type tall fescue – including Black Beauty Sod, as well as alternative crops as part of Sodco’s rotation initiatives.
TPI Conference Hosts
The farm has twice hosted the prestigious TPI Conference (Turf Producers International). This event attracts attendees from all across the world to see the latest equipment and advances in the turf industry and our farm was proud to be selected as the host farm for this important event.
A Look to the Future
In 2001 the development rights to 400 acres of farmland were sold, preserving forever the land as a farm and open space. The future of the farm is a bright one as Sodco embraces crop rotations, soil health, the latest in technology and innovation to continue producing New England’s Finest Sod.