Electric Mower with 74-Inch Cut Comes to The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford has a grounds crew that works year-round to keep the expansive lawns in tip-top condition. Green practices have driven much of the care from the beginning. The millponds in Liberty Craftworks and behind A Taste of History are all part of a natural water filtration system that allows residue to settle out of rainwater runoff before it enters the Rouge River. That’s just one part of water management at The Henry Ford, however, because that water is also reused to irrigate the lawns.
The irrigation system keeps the yards lush. Thus, mowing consumes many an hour in the grounds crew’s schedule. A grant from the Aptiv Foundation Inc. funded purchase of a new Evo electric zero-turn riding mower. The 74-inch width means the grounds crew can cut more grass in a day (and the battery will power up to 8 hours of work on a single charge).
The mower will help The Henry Ford cultivate environmental responsibility (part of its strategic vision on its Journey to 100). It also furthers The Henry Ford’s Green Team’s work to reduce carbon emissions by reducing its fossil-fuel mower fleet. Thank you, Aptiv Foundation, for supporting this cause.
Debra A. Reid is Curator of Agriculture and the Environment at The Henry Ford.
lawn care, nature, Greenfield Village, by Debra A. Reid, #Behind The Scenes @ The Henry Ford