VBSR Welcomes Gardener’s Supply Company as a new Champion Member

VBSR is pleased to welcome the employee-owned, mission-driven enterprise, Gardener’s Supply Company as a new Champion Member. As a founding member of VBSR, Gardener’s Supply not only believes that social, environmental, and human policies are essential for a regenerative economy but that a business has the responsibility to drive change with their own business practices and platform. Gardener’s Supply makes this change through community action, employee volunteerism, sourcing sustainable products and building healthy soil.

With food security being a crucial need in Vermont during COVID-19, the company’s employee-owners are combating food waste and hunger in their communities through a variety of gleaning and donation programs. All of their four locations have company gardens where they grow, harvest and donate fresh vegetables to local food shelves. Each employee-owner is gifted eight hours of volunteer time for work in community gardens or local non-profits and schools.

“Gardener’s Supply Company is thrilled to support VBSR as a Champion member. As a founding member of VBSR, we believe in innovative social, environmental and human policies that help Vermont thrive and become more sustainable. VBSR is aligned with Gardener’s Supply values and well connected with policy makers and business leaders throughout the state and beyond. We are so pleased with the partnership and look forward to what is ahead in 2021.” – Cindy Turcot, President, Gardener’s Supply

Gardener’s Supply shows support for the community and future generations by donating 8% of its profits to school gardens, community gardens and more. The company shows that through gardening, people learn compassion for the planet and one another, adopt healthy eating practices, understand the value of science, and learn critical skills like patience and responsibility. Through various funding streams, Gardener’s Supply helps non-profit organizations and schools connect educators and families, provide garden grants and gardening-related curricula, and cultivate a community of practice.

Gardener’s Supply believes that gardeners have an important part in combating climate change as it’s been proven that building healthy soil is directly related to a sustainable environment. Garden patches of healthy soil can store huge amounts of carbon meaning that each of us can play a key role in building healthy soil as we hope to leave future generations with a healthy planet.

All of us here at VBSR are thrilled to have Gardener’s Supply Company on as a Champion Member and thank them for their continued commitment to people, planet, parity and prosperity!