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I was a champion weeder as a kid, but otherwise a fairly novice gardener when I joined Gardener's Supply back in 1988. Gardener's Supply was a fairly novice company too. Well, both Gardener's Supply and my love of gardening have grown more and more each year. At home we grow some of everything, everywhere. Each summer we buy shares at a local CSA (membership farm) so I am free to experiment at home, growing unusual heirloom tomatoes, hot peppers, fruits and berries. Our flower beds are fairly spontaneous and undisciplined, but they somehow seem to keep us in color and fragrance throughout the garden season.
As company president, I also have a hand in selecting and developing new products. I say it is hard work, but the truth is that it is lots of fun. And I get to help support all the good that gardening and gardeners are accomplishing around the country, through involvement with various nonprofit organizations. Nothing is better than making a living doing what you love.
Gardener's Supply employees volunteered to help with cleanup efforts in Waterbury, VT, after Hurricane Irene.
Johanna Willins, one of our Garden Crusaders, started growing herbs and vegetables in an abandoned lot in her Brooklyn, NY, neighborhood. She helped develop a local farmer's market that has transformed a neighborhood that did not have access to fresh produce.
Gardener's Supply has been supporting Vermont's Healthy City school gardens since 2002. Healthy City Youth Initiative was recently named one of the top 10 farm-to-school programs in the U.S.
These farmers work in the "backyard" of our Burlington, VT, headquarters, on a stretch of land called the Intervale. More than 25 years ago, Gardener's Supply began a community-wide effort to revitalize this unique region and reinvigorate local, sustainable agriculture. The result is the Intervale Center, a nonprofit that oversees land stewardship and farming activities on about 350 acres.
You've done a lot of good — and you probably don't even realize it. But every time you shop with us, you make a difference in the lives of people you've never met. How? Every purchase you make directly supports our mission of improving the world through gardening by funding grants, donations and employee volunteer-time.
When you chose Gardener's Supply for earth-friendly solutions, garden-tested gear, or nature-inspired gifts, you do more than make a smart shopping decision. You help us make the world a better place.
Thank you! We couldn't do it without you. Here are a few of the efforts your support has made possible:
Together, we've been hard at work. You've spread the joys of gardening across the country.
Simply by shopping at Gardener's Supply, you've also made it possible for others to enjoy the many benefits of gardening. By inviting us to be a partner in your gardening success, you've been OUR partner in increasing awareness about the health and community benefits of eating locally, keeping a backyard garden, composting, conserving water, supporting pollinators and promoting earth-friendly, organic growing.
You've kept us growing.
Thanks to you and your appetite for innovative gardening solutions, Gardener's Supply has been able to grow our business from a small group of organic-gardening enthusiasts to more than 250 employee-owners, each of us invested in providing the best possible products and shopping experience across the country.
Our work goes on.
Every day we get requests for donations from individuals and groups who are doing great things for their communities and schools, like supplying healthful food to those who might not otherwise have access to it, promoting environmental stewardship, teaching kids about nutrition, and introducing at-risk youth and disenfranchised adults to the joys and rewards of gardening. Every purchase you make at Gardener's Supply directly affects what we can give these worthy causes.
So here's a big thank you for all your support — past, present and future.
Gardener's Supply's commitment to promoting gardening, health, earth stewardship, and vibrant communities continues to grow. We're proud to be partners with each of you, our valued customers, as we work to strengthen the earth and build a better future.
Last updated: 10/24/15
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