Recently, the Green Giant team stepped away from our computers, rolled up our sleeves and got down in the dirt for a good cause. The team spent an afternoon volunteering in the Giving Garden on General Mills' campus.
Green Giant helps sponsor the Giving Garden, which was founded in 2010 by volunteers within General Mills (Green Giant's parent company). The volunteers who started the garden are employees of General Mills. They have in common green thumbs, a love of gardening and generous spirits.
What happens with the vegetables grown in the Giving Garden?
All the produce from the Giving Garden is donated to food banks and emergency meal programs in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area every summer. So far this summer, 340 pounds of produce have been donated. The goal for this summer is to donate 2,000 pounds of produce.
More Facts About the Giving Garden:
-The seeds that grow the vegetables come from the Green Giant Research Center in Le Sueur, Minnesota.
-The Garden is about 2,700 square feet.
-Since the Garden began, 6,080 pounds of produce have been donated.
-The Garden contains a variety of vegetables. Of all the produce donated, tomatoes are most popular.
-The garden is supported by the General Mills Foundation with assistance from Green Giant, the Green Giant Research Center in Le Sueur, Minn., and General Mills' Corporate Services department.
In June, the Giving Garden was featured on KMSP-TV FOX 9. The garden was also featured in a 2011 post on the Taste of General Mills blog: “The garden that keeps on giving.”
What do you do with extra produce from your garden? Do you freeze it, can it, give it away, or do you eat it all up?