Will Workman is a writer, illustrator and teacher. He writes about gardening, travel, art, motorcycling and the outdoors. He lives in Williston, VT.
It's one thing to dig around in one's own garden. But why would you dig around in somebody else's? In the case of the annual Day in the Dirt event here in Vermont, it's a day to do service at some of our neighbors' gardens.
Janine Breton, merchandising analyst, helps harvest produce at the Healthy City Youth Farm in Burlington, VT. The Healthy City Youth Initiative is a hands-on, farm-to-school program designed to teach basic cooking and gardening skills, boost physical activity and increase healthy lifestyle choices for Burlington K-12 students.
Erin Kirkpatrick has lead the Turkey Wrangle every November since 2009. In 2013, she collected enough money for the local food shelf to buy 160 turkeys for local residents in need.
GARDENER'S Supply has a long history of supporting organizations that promote gardening, nutrition and the environment — in fact, we give away 8 percent of our profits every year to these important causes.
But community service is not just a company policy, tended to by a few people. It's a founding principle that's part of our corporate culture. Each employee is encouraged to support the community in his or her own way. The company matches employees' charitable donations, and offers one paid day a year of volunteer time.
Deborah Miuccio and Orianna Prescott in the pumpkin patch, where a single plant produced more than two dozen pumpkins.
Not surprisingly, our employees are inventive in finding ways to help out. Here are some recent highlights:
Early spring work at Company Farm
We're delighted to celebrate our employee volunteers. But we know that even without public recognition, our staff would keep finding creative ways to make a difference in their communities.
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