Locally Grown Businesses Doing Their Part


Locally Grown

Photo Credit: Nikki Alford

  • Posted November 1, 2011

Locally grown produce is the most sustainable and practical way in which people can enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. Without the high cost of transportation and the short time from harvest to table, it makes a great choice.

One way people are helping the locally grown cause is with community gardens. Even some forward thinking businesses are helping through the encouragement of their employees, to begin their own company community garden. One such example is MasterTag, located in Montague, Michigan.

You may know MasterTag through your garden center plant purchases. They are the leading company printing horticulture care tags in North America.

In April 2009, the MasterTag Family Garden was born. This is a community garden for employees and their families. Every spring the employees come together to plan, plant, maintain and harvest the garden. Originally it started as a 6,400 square foot garden and has grown to 9,504 square feet. The garden is home to not only plants, but you will also find a shed, picnic table and water feature which makes it a great place to relax and unwind. The produce harvested from the garden is primarily for MasterTag employees and their families. However, leftovers never go to waste, as they are given to various food banks in the Montague area to help those in need.

Interested in starting your own community garden?

Check out the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) website:
https://communitygarden.org/

Check out the Let's Move website:

http://www.letsmove.gov/start-community-garden

Learn how a bit of abandoned land and old materials were repurposed to create Bushwick City Farms, a community garden, within the heart of Brooklyn, N.Y: http://goo.gl/i2a3V

Article credit: Christian Science Monitor

Nikki Alford
About the Author

Nikki Alford is a 4-H alumni, a lifelong gardener and is the senior graphic designer at MasterTag – a horticultural printing company.


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Locally Grown

"As the MasterTag garden continues to grow, they often yield a harvest like this one from August 16th, 2010: 12 pounds of squash, 7 pounds of peppers, 2 pounds of eggplant, 22 pounds of onions, broccoli and cukes."


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