Tips and Tools: Creating a Workplace Garden
Have you ever considered creating an onsite garden at your workplace to provide employees with access to fresh produce? A worksite garden can be a creative way for an organization and its employees to get healthy and even give back to the community. Benefits of a worksite garden can include improved employee health and wellness as well as employee engagement, team building, environmental stewardship, sustainability, promotion of green space, education, and improved community relationships.
An onsite garden not only provides employees with easy access to fresh produce, but can also provide an avenue to educate employees and their families on nutritious eating habits and healthy cooking techniques. Additionally, it provides opportunities for employees to incorporate physical activity into their daily routine by working in the garden. A garden can even be used as a beautiful green space to promote mental and emotional wellbeing among employees.
Worksite gardens can also benefit the community by providing volunteer opportunities for the public. In addition, surplus produce can be donated to food banks or homeless shelters. The garden can also be opened up to local schools to provide a hands-on learning experience for students around agriculture and healthy eating.
If you are interested in implementing a garden at your worksite, here are two great resources to help you get started:
- The South Carolina Farm to Institution Garden Toolkit was created to assist businesses, schools, churches and other institutions implement onsite gardens.
- The Medical University of South Carolina’s Toolkit for Building an Urban Green Space provides information on MUSC’s experience in creating their urban farm.
There are many ways to implement a garden at your worksite and even more benefits to doing so. These tools can help you take the first step towards offering healthy food choices to your employees while giving back to the community.
- 05-25-2017 11:49 (EDT)