Newport Meat Company envisioned a garden space for their employees to enjoy on their breaks and to bring their community together.
The president of Newport Meat was drawn to Tenfold Harvest's mission of 'Gardening with a Purpose'. They decided to partner with Tenfold to transform the 5,500 sq. ft. of lawn directly in front of the corporate office into an urban edible garden. The company's desire was to create a corporate garden to act as a place of relaxation and repose for employees, as well as a place where everyone could come together and have a hand in the planting, growing, and harvesting process. They were excited by the idea of giving their employees the opportunity to engage in the sharing of the garden's harvest with others within the community.
Here's What We Did:
1. Within 45 days we transformed 5,500 sq. ft. of relatively unused lawn area to a multi-purposed garden space to be enjoyed by all Newport Meat employees. The garden encompassed raised garden beds with over 1,400 sq. ft. of planting space, deciduous fruit trees, citrus espalier wall, avocado trees, and purposeful pollinator attracting flowering shrubs and herbs. With water conservation as a priority, drip irrigation and low-flow emitters were installed, reducing water use by approximately 65%.
2. As employees began to take ownership of the garden, it became a unifying project within the corporation. It evoked interest, intrigue and participation as the project unfolded and culminated on the inaugural company planting day. Team building games and garden lessons were incorporated as employees participated in the planting of their garden for the very first time.
3. The ongoing success of the garden can be measured by the continual participation of the employees, which is made evident each day. Breaks are being taken in the newly created garden areas, strolls through the garden take place on a continual basis and there is a palpable excitement felt as employees look forward to the first harvest. It is evident that this corporate garden will be a source of retreat and unity for years to come.