Lifetime’s Community Service Gardening Project Yields Over 14,000 Pounds of Donated Produce

Lifetime’s Community Service Gardening Project Yields Over 14,000 Pounds of Donated Produce

Lifetime’s Community Service Gardening Project Yields Over 14,000 Pounds of Donated Produce

Lifetime garden at Utah Botanical Center.jpgMan, how time flies! It’s been almost six months since our annual service project with the Utah Botanical Center. If you aren’t aware, every year around one thousand Lifetime employees give back to the local community by participating in our community service project. It’s something I look forward to each year and this year was no different; we helped clean and beautify the Utah State University Botanical Center in Kaysville, Utah. I’ve had the chance to stop by a couple times since the service project in May and was amazed at how much we accomplished. I also spoke to Dave Anderson from the USU Botanical Center to get a quick update on our main project at the service project, the Food Bank Garden we planted. The garden is used to teach individuals about gardening and the harvested items are donated to the local Food Bank.

Anderson said, “This year we had a wonderful variety of produce to donate to the local food banks. The Lifetime Products Service Project was responsible for seeding the majority of the crops, and other community groups and volunteers stepped in to maintain the garden and harvest the produce.” Anderson continued, “Volunteering in the garden continues to be a great experience for youth and those interested in gardening to see how our food grows, and also to see the difference between our hybrid and heirloom gardens. The bulk of the produce was distributed through the Bountiful and Layton Food Pantries which provide food for individuals and families in need throughout Davis and Morgan counties. The pantries also distribute produce to other distribution sites and local churches. We are one of the largest produce providers to these pantries. They continually express their appreciation for our donations, and they were especially happy about the tomatoes, corn, carrots, and potatoes this year. The number of community volunteers was down this year compared to years past, so having the Lifetime group was a huge help to get the garden established!”
 
So, how do the numbers all stack up? Take a look:

Lifetime Volunteer Hours: 3,273 hours (600 Lifetime hours – 200 people/3 hours)

Crops Planted:  1 acre of corn, plus 26,285 plants (Tomatoes, Peppers, Winter
and Summer Squash, Carrots, Cucumbers, Melons, Broccoli, Beets, Beans, Potatoes, Cabbage)

Pounds of Produce Donated: 14,188 pounds

It always feels good to work as a team and complete such a massive undertaking in our community. And, it feels just as great to see the fruits of our labor and know that our volunteer work is continuing to benefit the local community. Great job, Lifetime employees!

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Position at Lifetime Products: PR/Communications Coordinator—it consists of planning fun events, talking and meeting with great people, brainstorming and executing creative ideas, etc. etc. How can I not love this job?!

How long at Lifetime Products: Since January 2010

My favorite Lifetime Products: Daylite Kayak, Ace Flyer Teeter Totter, Contoured Stacking Chair, Double Shot, Composter, 30” Personal Table, last but certainly not least the Wiggle Car

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Norrine Gardiner

11/3/2012 3:52:57 PM

Thank you so much -- what a great accomplishment!

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