We are a full-service landscaping company offering premium work at competitive rates. Our services include landscape design, construction, irrigation, masonry, ongoing maintenance, and renovation of existing landscapes.

Our top priority is providing excellent customer service from start to finish.

We are based in Cheshire and serve all areas between Cottage Grove and Salem.


  • Ken Kokkeler - President


Ken was born and raised in Eugene Oregon.  His family was deeply entrenched in the local agricultural/landscaping industries.  After graduating High School, he attended Northwest College of the Bible for one year prior to earning his Bachelor of Science degree at Oregon State University.  He graduated Cum Laude, with an undergrad thesis in Hydrology.  Simultaneously earning a Commission as a Naval Officer through NROTC, he immediately began his journey toward becoming a Naval Aviator.

After earning his "Wings of Gold", Ken was selected to fly F/A-18's.  He earned the "Presidential Air Medal" during operation OIF, and was later selected to operate a SOCOM unit imbedded with US Special Forces deep within Afghanistan.  Later, during a tour as an F-18 instructor pilot, he was selected for the US Navy F/A-18 West Coast Demonstration Team.  He currently flies part time with the US Naval Reserves as an F-18 E/F instructor pilot.  Ken has recently been selected for promotion to O-5 (Commander).

Completing his tour on Active Duty, Ken and his wife Sara moved back to their home town of Eugene with their four children.  They began Upward Landscape Solutions with two primary goals in mind - to provide outstanding quality and service to our customers, and provide a positive career centered environment for our employees.  Ken and Sara find real joy in accomplishing both.

Ken's hobbies once included Skiing, Fishing, ATV's, Motorcycles, and woodworking.  These have been vastly overcome by his top four hobbies - his children.  Having spent significant amounts of time away from his family, Ken thoroughly enjoys each moment he is able to spend with them.

  • Sara Kokkeler - Office Manager  


Sara was born in St. Charles, Missouri.  Having moved several times during her childhood, her family settled in Hillsboro, Oregon by the time she was 8 years old.  She attended high school in Eugene graduating with honors.  Her lifelong passion assisting the underprivileged led her to working as an assistant in classrooms with developmentally disabled children.  Afterward, having married a Naval Officer, she moved with him across the country and they started a family.  She is currently the mother of four children and is deeply fulfilled by creating order out of chaos.  Having assisted in office management at a Commercial Agricultural Producer, she is well suited for her position at Upward.  In her free time, she enjoys skiing, sledding, rafting, baking, camp fires, and spending time with family.

  • Cody Kauffman -  Crew Leader


Cody was born and raised in Junction City, Oregon.  He graduated from JCHS having spent as much time as possible in the wood and machine shop.  During this time he had the opportunity to travel with and assist a Grammy award winning musician.  This time afforded him the chance to hone his outstanding customer service and relationship building skills.  Cody currently lives in Junction City with his wife, Andrea, and his son, Asher.    In his spare time he enjoys mechanical work, golfing, camping, and just spending time with his loved ones.



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