In the fall of 2010 we broke ground on an organic community garden and orchard. The garden has strengthened our work community. People companywide meet and spend time together during breaks, after work and even on the weekends. Growing and harvesting their own fresh fruit and vegetables has become a passion for many SeeScanners, and the garden is an integral part of our company’s culture.
Over 50 employees have raised beds made of composite lumber in a variety of sizes. For some this is their first time gardening and for others their plot at work complements their garden at home. Our shed stands inside the garden area itself and has tools that anyone can use. In addition a two compartment compost tumbler is situated next to our shed. Hoses are located around the perimeter and each bed is piped into the drip irrigation system.
Our orchard currently has over 150 trees and vines. About half of the orchard is deciduous and the other half is tropical or sub-tropical. Each tree or vine has an engraved sign in front of it so people know what it is and when it was planted. The orchard is scattered along a walking path with benches, drinking fountains, a bridge, redwood trellises and shade structures. Many employees walk the path during breaks and snack on strawberry or pineapple guavas.