PacificSource Bend Office Creates Their Own Community Garden
The community garden concept continues to grow across PacificSource offices, right along with the fruits and vegetables. The Bend office of PacificSource has recently joined in by creating a community garden at their location. With some hard work from employees and some generous assistance from local company Gradeline, things will soon be blooming and needy families will benefit.
More than half of the food grown in the PacificSource Community Garden will be donated to NeighborImpact, a Central Oregon non-profit dedicated to helping economically disadvantaged families. NeighborImpact will use the produce to help supply over 40 different kitchens and food banks throughout the region. When local company Gradeline heard about the project, they were so inspired they wanted to help as well. Gradeline donated all of the dirt, gravel and transport (a $400 value) for the graden.
Nearly 20 employee volunteers are donating their time, gardening skills, and hard work to support the garden. The garden has 10 raised beds and a greenhouse which are currently growing carrots, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, squash, and more.
Jennifer Stewart, a PacificSource Bend employee said, "We were inspired by the community garden at the PacificSource headquarters office in Springfield. We wanted to do our part to support families and individuals in need of food in the Central Oregon area."
We'll be talking more about the Springfield-based community garden later this week. Stay tuned!