Friday, July 3, 2009

Timberland Boot Company Garden Project

A note from Cheryl Rossman, a member of the garden committee explaining what the Timberland Garden is:

Ah the Timberland Garden…a place to relax, chat with friends, get some sunshine and give back to the community.

As a group of avid gardeners, it is somewhat hard for us to believe that everyone doesn’t have a garden of some sort in their own yard. We have determined we are among the minority which makes us so successful at recruiting. Currently we have 31 volunteers who plant, maintain, and harvest under the guidance of seasoned veteran gardeners only too happy to share their knowledge.

On harvest day, a company wide email is sent; the veggies and flowers are placed in a community area along side of the donation jar. All proceeds are donated to the New Hampshire Food Bank which is in part why we “sell” out everyday. Lettuce, carrots, squashes and herbs along with many other items are grown in the garden. Timberland families are becoming fans of swiss chard, beet greens, and brussel sprouts which are our most “unusual” offerings.

Taste of the Nation Volunteers - THANK YOU!

From:Ed Draper (edraper)


What more can we say? Actually….a bit more. You rock! As volunteers you have a reason to be proud. On Wednesday June 24th your help with the Taste of the Nation event made this night the best we have ever had. We raised over $115,000 that will go directly to local groups that ensure that no kid goes hungry.

Putting this event on was no small task. With over 1000 people under the tent, 50+ restaurants, wine, beer & spirit companies and a rockin’ band it was important to have a dedicated group of volunteers to help set up starting early in the morning (8 AM), to work the many different position during the event and to finally help break down and close up the event late into the evening (Midnight!).

We are proud of the hard work that each and every one of you put in that day. Your efforts did not go unnoticed…the feedback we have received all rave about how smooth the event went and how well run it was… a testament to you hard work.

We do appreciate the effort that all of the volunteers put in. Some folks deserve an extra pat on the back.

Recycling Pods – Our volunteers were particularly challenged this year. Our goal was to have a “zero trash” event but that was not the case. They had to work extra hard to keep the compostable items, non compostable items, and reusable trays all going in the correct bins. This is an area that we are reviewing and making changes to for the event next year.

Break Down & Clean Up – Their task was to leave the tent and grounds in the same condition that we started with at the beginning of the day. Lots of tables, chairs, lines, trash, recyclables, signs etc to be broken down and readied to be taken away. It is quite a bit of work, especially at the end of the evening when it would be more desirable to just go home. In addition to this they started their shift out doing gate duty, recycling pods, bussing, front entrance etc.

Pictures of the event can be found on our Share Our Strength Seacoast Facebook page . Don’t have Facebook? Now is the time to sign up!

Ending the way we began….THANK YOU for a successful Taste of the Nation event. We are going to take a bit of a much needed rest but will be back at it again next year. Be on the lookout for emails when we out the call out for volunteers once again.


Ed & Karen

Check out some fun fishing pictures of my dad and me!