At the beginning of the 2012 growing season, Loving Spoonful’s Grow A Row program launched a “Workplace Challenge”, inviting Kingston-area businesses and organizations to participate in a friendly competition to see which one could contribute the most fresh produce to the Grow A Row campaign.
On Wednesday, November 28, Grow a Row announced that Renewable Energy of Plum Hollow were the big winners, growing and donating 118.9 pounds of produce! Early in the Spring, Renewable Energy of Plum Hollow employees germinated locally-sourced seeds in containers on their window sills and then transplanted the seedlings into raised beds which they had built in front of their office on Dalton Avenue. One of the owners, Daniel Creighton, tell us that all of the employees contributed in some way, from choosing the produce that was to be grown, to planting and watering the beds over the
summer. Renewable Energy of Plum Hollow was rewarded with a bountiful harvest which included radishes, onions, kale, cucumbers, three kinds of potatoes and five kinds of tomatoes, as well as more exotic vegetables including kohlrabi, Marion rutabagas, and Purple Dragon carrots.
Joshua Brennan, the coordinator of the garden at Renewable Energy, expressed gratitude to all those involved, citing the project as a rewarding experience, as well as a positive method of contributing to the community. Employees who took part this season have eagerly committed to participating in the Grow a Row Workplace Challenge next year. With their prize of a gift certificate for heirloom seeds from Edible Antiques, we at Grow A Row, hope to encourage them to keep on growing!
Other 2012 Workplace Challenge contributors included Intercall Canada, Downtown Kingston, the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, and the Kingston and the Islands Federal Liberal Association. We hope that more organizations will follow their lead and participate in the 2013 Workplace Challenge. The Workplace Challenge not only helps to create a bountiful harvest for Kingstonians in need, but it also a builds a spirit of generosity and connectedness in the workplace.