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Home > Employer > Worksite Veggie Garden

Start an employee-grown worksite veggie garden

Support your employees’ well-being by introducing a fun, easy way to encourage healthy eating. Harvard Pilgrim has teamed up with Green City Growers, professional gardeners who will teach your employees how to plant, maintain and harvest a raised-bed vegetable garden right at your worksite.

What can an on-site vegetable garden do for your employees? In addition to learning more about the many health advantages and sustainability of farm-fresh, pesticide-free food, employees will:

  • Gain new, practical skills they can apply at home
  • Re-energize and reduce stress
  • Collaborate with coworkers in a common interest
  • Support the community by donating produce to local food banks (if desired)

Vegetable gardening is just one of Harvard Pilgrim’s Connections Through Common Interests programs designed to support employees’ healthy behaviors. It’s available to our accounts at discounted rates from Green City Growers for installation and maintenance services, and features several garden size options.

To further support your participation, Harvard Pilgrim will provide you with “turnkey” communication materials – including posters and flyers – to help promote the program to your employees. Gardens can be installed in the spring, summer or fall.

After completing its second season at Harvard Pilgrim, the program is a hit.  For the 2010 harvest, 80 Harvard Pilgrim employee volunteers nurtured and harvested 1,135 pounds of produce, across three sites. Their efforts and food donations also led to press opportunities including a May article in the New York Times and a June interview on WBUR radio.

To learn more about the vegetable garden program, contact your Account Executive.