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More Food For Thought September 10, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Sustainable Living.

In Food For Thought, we addressed the ripping up of lawns in public spaces to grow food for the hungry.

The idea is catching on in the private sector as well!

Companies are re-landscaping to include vegetable gardens for employees who want fresh, locally grown food but lack space to grow it:

* When machinist Glen Davis wants fresh tomatoes, he doesn’t have to buy them ~ he just picks them off the vine at his workplace, Quantum Controls.  Last spring, owners Pete Pemrick and Wendy Eggers decided to till a grassy area behind their building, haul in black dirt and turn it into a vegetable garden for their employees.

* Quantum Controls has lots of company this growing season. Business-sponsored edible gardens are sprouting all around the Twin Cities and nationwide ~ at mom-and-pop operations and corporate headquarters alike.

* While traditional manicured lawns are still the norm, many companies are now tearing up their water-guzzling turf grass and replacing it with food-producing plants ~ just as the White House in 2009 tore up part of the South Lawn to put in a vegetable garden, the first since FDR’s presidency.

Why the shift from inedible lawns to edible plants?

A number of factors have contributed to the trend:  concerns about food safety and the environment have increased enthusiasm for locally grown fruits and veggies; in a sluggish economy, edible gardening allows people to save money on groceries while eating healthier food; and companies concerned with the health and well-being of employees are encouraging them to reconnect with nature in a positive, life-affirming way.

Some companies take a slightly different approach.

Instead of growing food for employees, fresh fruits and vegetables grown on company soil are donated to local shelters and food banks . . . or used in their own kitchens!

To read the whole article:  Vegging Out At Work 


1. cindy - September 10, 2010

*gazes at lawn and considers planting vines*

nrhatch - September 10, 2010

The less lawn, the better.
Less mowing, less watering, less pesticides.

And replanting with herbs or edibles . . . yum.

2. jelillie - September 10, 2010

A sheltered work shop one of our friends goes to has picked up on this trend and put in a garden in the long strip in their parking lot. It’s like a giant raised bed! I think reclaiming green space is a great idea!

nrhatch - September 10, 2010

This is definitely a trend worth continuing.

3. Amy MacLeod - September 10, 2010

Nancy, thanks for spreading the seed. This is so fantastic. Community gardens speak to me of man’s ingenuity in bringing back the earth’s purpose.

When I managed the Senior’s Residence, one old gent determinedly held off selling his farm because he could not give up the annual rituals his gardening provided. Fortunately a family member took over the farm and our Residents were supplied with an abundance of seasonally fresh produce for their lunch and snacks.

My front lawn is used only by the deer and only seen by neighbours. My house sits on a hill and I cannot see over the hedge between the lawn and my living room. I have to remember to run out and check the lawn so neighbours don’t have apoplexy. If not for the deer, it would be a community garden patch.

Now, if the neighbours want to finance an attractive, high fence…

Goodness, I almost forgot whose blog this is.

nrhatch - September 10, 2010

No worries. I am happy to share the space with someone sowing such fertile seeds.

I love that the seniors benefitted from the family farm. How awesome.

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