Bigelow Teas Community Gardening in Fairfield

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Meet Our Green Teams

Community Gardening in Fairfield

10/14/2013:

As Summer has turned to Fall and the clocks turn back in 3 weeks, our Community Garden is nearing its final stage. In true Greening, Wellness, Community spirit, Bigelow Community Garden has proven to be the gift that keeps on giving. As a reminder, the Bigelow Green Team planted tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, basil and then as summer ended, peppers were added to the mix. We have been donating our vegetables and herbs to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission where they have used the vegetables that we have grown to help feed those who may be less fortunate. Last Friday was an important day for the garden as we eclipsed 100 pounds of vegetable and herbs donated to the Mission. I don't think any of us thought we would break the 100 pound mark when we first started planting back in June !!!!

The garden was exciting on so many levels. We were able to employ some neat "green" techniques such as our rain water barrel or our praying mantis pods for pest control, we added  a compost bin in the area to ensure all weeds are composted and returned back to the Earth and we worked together as a Team for a great cause. What was the best part, was seeing how grateful the people at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission were for our continued visits.

As the Garden phases out, we are thankful to everybody who helped, passed along suggestions and positive comments. The Bigelow Green Team will be turning their attention to some more fun and environmentally friendly plans and will be having an " Earth Week In November" next month.......stay tuned for more details.

 

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8/26/2013:

In this latest installment of our Community Gardening story, the Bigelow Green Team continues to work on its community garden. As a reminder, the Bigelow Green Team planted tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash and even added in some basil. In true GWC spirit, it was our vision to donate our vegetables and herbs to a local nonprofit organization where they can use this product to help feed those who may be less fortunate.

Well, as spring turns to the heart of summer, we began to see reap the benefits of our yield and before we knew it our garden was ready for harvest. To date, over the course of 3 visits, Bigelow Green Team members hand delivered tomatoes, zucchini, squash, cucumbers and basil to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission located just a few minutes from our Fairfield facility (and even close to our Direct marketing building on Mountain Grove, Bridgeport). So far, after 3 visits to the Mission, the produce we have donated has tipped the scales at over 37 pounds!!! Bigelow Green Team members who have participated in the harvesting and delivering of our produce included Cindy Manning (who served double duty as our photographer), Jen Leclair, Pat Sorgenti and Jim Gildea.  On hand to accept the harvest included Chef Paul Byron Manager of Food Services and Donna Romano, Community Manager of the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. It looks like our garden still has a bit more vegetables to deliver before season's end which will be put to great use by the Bridgeport Rescue Mission in true GWC spirit !!!

 

8/5/2013

Our First Harvest:

 

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Today was a very exciting day for our Community Garden project as Bigelow Green Team members picked our first harvest from the garden and hand delivered tomatoes, zucchini, squash, cucumbers and basil to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Today's first offering tipped the scales at 12.5 pounds !!! Bigelow Green Team members who participated included Cindy Manning (who served double duty as our photographer), Jen Leclair, Pat Sorgenti and Jim Gildea.  On hand to accept the harvest included Chef Paul Byron Manager of Food Services and Donna Romano, Community Manager of the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. It looks like our  garden will have plenty more vegetables we will deliver which will be put to great use by the Bridgeport Rescue Mission in true GWC spirit !!!

 

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In true Greening, Wellness, Community spirit, the Bigelow Green Team is working on its latest venture: community gardening. The Bigelow Green Team will be planting, maintaining and hopefully growing vegetables in these plantings beds. We are starting this year with tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash and even some basil to add some herbs to the mix. We are hopeful that the garden will yield enough products to donate to a local nonprofit organization where they can use this product to help feed those who may be less fortunate. The Bigelow Green Team feels that this project touches upon each of the GWC areas as the gardening touches upon greening and sustainability, the vegetables touch upon our wellness efforts and we will serve our community by donating what we grow. We started preparing during our Earth Week activities. We sourced an area and then laid it out. We assembled our planting beds and then had them filled with organic topsoil from the Coast of Maine. It is made with chitin-rich lobster compost and blended with peat humus. We constructed a fence around our gardens and were ready for planting.  Our team then worked together as we dug, raked and then planted our plants. The Green Team will then weed, water and maintain the garden beds. We are also looking to install a rain barrel in that area so we can water the garden naturally. We are excited about this project and we will take pictures and document the project as it move is stages so it can be tracked via the Bigelow Facebook page for those who wish to track its progress.

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In true Greening, Wellness, Community spirit, the Bigelow Green Team is working on its latest venture: community gardening. The Bigelow Green Team will be planting, maintaining and hopefully growing vegetables in these plantings beds. We are starting this year with tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash and even some basil to add some herbs to the mix. We are hopeful that the garden will yield enough products to donate to a local nonprofit organization where they can use this product to help feed those who may be less fortunate. The Bigelow Green Team feels that this project touches upon each of the GWC areas as the gardening touches upon greening and sustainability, the vegetables touch upon our wellness efforts and we will serve our community by donating what we grow.

We started preparing during our Earth Week activities. We sourced an area and then laid it out. We assembled our planting beds and then had them filled with organic topsoil from the Coast of Maine. It is made with chitin-rich lobster compost and blended with peat humus. We constructed a fence around our gardens and were ready for planting. Our team then worked together as we dug, raked and then planted our plants. The Green Team will then weed, water and maintain the garden beds. We are also looking to install a rain barrel in that area so we can water the garden naturally. We are excited about this project and we will take pictures and document the project as it move is stages so it can be tracked via the Bigelow Facebook page for those who wish to track its progress.



 



 

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