This spring, the Mrs. Meyer’s team hit the road to spread a little goodness to our neighbors far and wide. From volunteering at community gardens to delighting locals at farmer’s markets, we promoted sustainability and community outreach – and met some amazing folks along the way.
Our first stop: El Buen Samaritano, an Austin-based nonprofit helping families in Central Texas lead healthy and secure lives. We began our partnership with El Buen on Plant Something Day back in 2017, when folks from Mrs. Meyer’s and Whole Foods awarded the garden a grant to help bolster efforts within their community. Almost one year later, El Buen has put their grant money to work, growing some beautiful results. This March, we returned with a team of volunteers to assist with the grand reopening of their community garden. We lent a hand staining the fences, weeding the garden and planting peppers.
And we didn’t stop there. We packed up our bags for a road trip coast-to-coast across the scenic US of A. Along the way we set up hand washing stations, created art and made the Earth a little greener – covering 19 cities and a whopping 8,143 miles.
At each stop we asked folks to add their thumbprint to our mural. For every thumbprint, Mrs. Meyers donated $1 to the Arbor Day Foundation, who used the total $10,000 we donated to plant trees in the US.
We made our way to visit our friends at Serenbe in Atlanta for Earth Day. There we planted Compassion flowers and shared reusable totes along with our refillable glass Hand Soap station – all in an effort to reduce waste. Next, we took a pit stop at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago where we joined our friends from the Grove Collaborative. We handed out seed paper as a keepsake so anyone and everyone could get planting in their very own backyard. One of our last stops was at the Milwaukee Urban Ecology Center where we painted a mural to help beautify a bike path.
All the goodness that came from our Spring Tour goes to show that, like gardening, truly great things can bloom when we get our hands a little dirty.