Earlier this year, we were awarded a very generous donation from Whole Foods Market (for which there will be a special check presentation at this year’s Harvest Festival on October 19). Last week, we were chosen by Whole Foods as a site for their Northeast Region team-building volunteer event.
The team, which was comprised of trainers and other team-members from Whole Foods Market locations across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, were a lively and friendly bunch. On Tuesday September 10, the team of about fifty volunteers set to work on their projects: (1) digging a trench for our new park-wide compost system; (2) beautifying the benches along the Hudson promenade; and (3) weeding our education beds in the farm in preparation for fall semester school planting.
In just three hours of work, the team accomplished a lot! Whole Foods Market volunteers…
- removed three full wheelbarrows of weeds from the farm
- planted 100 perennial plants in the gardens
- swept and cleaned the Gardens of Remembrance
- sanded and stained benches along the Hudson promenade
We thank the volunteers for their hard work, and are glad to have had the opportunity to meet some of the smiling faces behind the 5% Day effort and to connect with surrounding area Whole Foods teams. Join us in welcoming them back to the farm in October!