Increasingly, corporates are turning to solutions that reconnect with the earth in an effort to provide a more meaningful working experience to their employees. Companies like Google and Yahoo had started organic gardens, and now more companies are following their example. Company owned land is provided for employees to farm on. The advantages are manifold.
Employees get to take home fresh produce, work outdoors and unwind – which means reduction in stress, the fresh vegetables can be used in the company cafeteria and the whole activity has been proving to be beneficial for employee morale. Definitely a win-win situation for company and employee alike!
Many of the companies are providing the produce they raise to other recipients. The organic gardens at Kohl’s department stores, Milwaukee, local food banks and a child care centre receive fresh vegetable they raise. Green peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, beans etc. are also given to Hunger Task Force.
Two hundred employees at PepsiCo in New York signed up last year to work in a garden plot that was the size of two tennis courts. The Dude Ranch – an employee’s vegetable garden in Minneapolis has started a movement called the Employee Sponsored gardens – which has websites and information of other such gardens.
In many places, the employees request the starting of the garden scheme – inspired by seeing that the company has unused land and not having the land or the convenience to do it themselves at their homes. Most companies seethe enterprise as a beneficial team building exercise, a garden serving to act a great leveler bringing employees of all levels together to till the soil together.