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Company Farm: Gardening for Good

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At our Burlington campus, we’re trying something new this year: growing potatoes. Lots of potatoes. If all goes well, we will harvest more than 500 pounds of potatoes this fall and donate them to the local food shelf. We’re calling the project Company Farm because the farmers are employee-owners who work in the Burlington office. […]

Guerrilla Gardeners Plant the Seeds of Change

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LA Guerrilla Gardeners removed trash, weeds and dead plants from this median strip and installed new plants. Their signature “Please Water Me!” sign asks passersby to help with upkeep. After LA Guerrilla Gardeners planted the “Spaceland” garden, below, the city installed a wheelchair ramp to make the sidewalk more accessible. Armed with shovels, seeds, plants, […]

What to Do With Horticultural Plastic

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About a dozen garden shops in the St. Louis area participate in the program as satellite recycling centers, where customers can sort and drop off their plastic pots. “Each sites hosts a trailer, brings it in when it is full, and returns with an empty one,” Cline says. Steve Cline sorts plastic pots and cell […]

Report Links Pesticides to Children’s Health Problems

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Though cold winds chill the air and snow blankets much of the U.S., pesticide use remains a hot topic — and not only among gardeners. The most recent comments come from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Environmental Health, whose December 2012 policy statement makes a clear link between pesticide exposure and children’s […]

Working Together to Make a Difference

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After almost 26 years at Gardener’s Supply, Pat Bates will be remembered for many things. To some people, she was the one who always raised her hand with a question at the annual meeting. Others will remember her as a champion for employee-ownership. To me, she is the one who reminded us that together, we […]

‘Goodness is in All of Us’

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As we approach Thanksgiving 2012 in Vermont, we are especially thankful to have been spared the fury of Superstorm Sandy. Our thoughts are with those who were not. The storm has produced so much suffering that it’s hard to know how you can help. Like many companies at this time of year, we raise money […]

Green Chimneys SchoolNurtures Young ‘Green Thumbs’

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For 65 years, Green Chimneys School in Brewster, NY, has helped special-needs children find a place — in learning and in life — through the wonders of the natural world. The internationally recognized school was recently awarded a $5,000 grant as winner of the Green Education Foundation‘s 2012 Green Thumb Challenge. The team at Green […]

Good Taste, Good Works!

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Here at Gardener’s Supply, we enjoy giving back to our Vermont community by doing business with local merchants. When searching for a traditional, handmade fruitcake to feature in our Holiday 2012 catalog, we didn’t have to look far for the perfect partner: Bien Fait Cakes, an artisanal bakery in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Bien Fait’s delicious, […]

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