A healthy workplace promotes healthy behavior. Employers can achieve multiple objectives through a productive and rewarding project: a workplace garden. Gardening at work supports cooperative relationships within the workplace and wider community; integrates environmental sustainability into the workplace culture; educates and empowers employees to contribute to a cause; and supports wellness through physical activity, healthy eating, and stress reduction.
C&S Wholesale Grocers established organic workplace gardens at its corporate headquarters in Keene, NH in 2011. Each garden location includes a Community Giving plot where employees grow produce for donation directly to local hunger relief organizations. C&S also partners with area educational institutions and providers to support employees’ learning and skill development.
Through the C&S Workplace Organic Gardens Project, employees and their families grow healthy, organic, local foods on company land. C&S supports employees to take an active role in their own health and well-being and to work together, sharing their time and talent with the larger community.
The C&S Workplace Organic Gardens Project and the resources available through its website are made possible with the insight and expertise of Antioch University New England (AUNE) in Keene, NH. AUNE administration, staff, faculty and students provide valuable professional skills, support and leadership. We are especially grateful for the commitment, passion, and hands-on guidance from AUNE’s Environmental Studies Doctoral Fellows and Masters Interns.