PacificSource Springfield Community Garden Enters Second Year
Where some people saw unused land, an enterprising group of PacificSource employees saw an opportunity to feed disadvantaged families. Soon after, the PacificSource Community Garden was created. Employees planted, weeded, and harvested all kinds of vegetables, donating over half of them to local food banks and non-profits.
Says PacificSource employee Sara Vizcaino, “The idea of a Community Garden truly fits who we are as a company.” Garden volunteers coordinate with Food for Lane County and partner with Daily Bread, a local emergency food pantry that provides a variety of fresh and shelf-stable groceries to low-income families and individuals.
More than 40 employees have participated in the garden so far, and all employees are welcome to join in. Furthermore, employees agreed to add compost bins to the lunch rooms in the Springfield and Coburg offices. This not only reduced the amount of waste going out from each office, but also provided organic matter to further enrich the soil in the Community Garden.
The garden is in full bloom right now and will be serving up salad greens, zucchini, squash, beets, carrots, tomatoes, beans, and more. PacificSource employee and garden volunteer Mari Rios says, “The community garden is a tremendous benefit to the community, but also a benefit to me. I get to put my hands in the soil and recharge my batteries.”