Companies replacing lawn with veg gardens? Yep.


Peter Hoh sent me a story (no longer online) that started with the line: "If lawns had legs they would be running scared."  Okay, I'll bite. 

And ya gotta love this – companies in Minnesota replacing some of their lawn with "giving gardens," with produce donated to the needy.  Blue Cross has giving gardens and touts the program to other corporations. 

Minn GivingGarden

And one local construction company not only has a "giving garden" but they blog about it.  (Lots of great photos like this one.)  And I notice they've gotten some nice press coverage about the garden.  You can't just take out an ad for that kind of good publicity.  Ya gotta earn it, baby.

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Susan Harris

Susan’s a garden writer, teacher and activist in the Washington, D.C. area. Co-founder of GardenRant, she also wrote for national gardening magazines and independent garden centers before retiring in 2014. Now she has time for these projects:

  • Founding and now managing the pro-science educational nonprofit GOOD GARDENING VIDEOS that finds and promotes the best videos on YouTube for teaching people to garden.
  • Creating and managing DC GARDENS, the nonprofit campaign to promote the public gardens of the Washington, D.C. area, and gardening by locals.
  • Creating and editing the community website GREENBELT ONLINE to serve her adopted hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland (a “New Deal Utopia” founded in 1937).
  • Also in Greenbelt, MD, writing the e-newsletter and serving on the Board of Directors for the cooperatively-owned music and arts venue and restaurant called the NEW DEAL CAFE.

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Photo by Stephen Brown.


  1. Seems like a good way to build morale as well. I’ve done company softball teams and such, and there’s no reason a “gardening team” wouldn’t be just as much fun.

  2. Founders of the Giving Garden at Blue Cross have also been blogging about the garden. You can see pics and info about our first 2 seasons at Veg gardens on every corporate campus – just think of how many people could be fed.

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