Growing for good in Miami

By Krista Van Tassel
July 22nd, 2014
Anthony Ferrari

Anthony Ferrari

Please join me in welcoming our summer intern to the Environmental Forum. Anthony Ferrari  will be a senior at Santa Clara University this fall studying environmental studies with a concentration in business and sustainability. Last summer, he worked as an intern at Love Apple Farms in Santa Cruz, Calif., and these past few months he’s has been supporting the Environmental Affairs team by giving us a hand with our company’s 70+ Green Teams by developing campaign guides and leadership presentations for upcoming programs. Anthony is a member of the Sierra Club and he runs cross-country and track at Santa Clara University. He also enjoys gardening and loves to cook, so it makes sense for him to talk about a gardening program in Miami that might inspire some of you about the healthful benefits of starting a garden and growing your own food. (KVT)

Climate change can seem like an impossible challenge. However, there are many simple, sustainable solutions that can make a huge difference. Something as easy and fun as planting a garden is a great way to start helping the environment and your health and is an inexpensive way to acquire produce that would otherwise be purchased at the store. In addition, fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients that our bodies need. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is a key part of a healthy lifestyle. So, planting a garden not only helps the environment, but it can also save you a trip to the supermarket or doctor’s office.

In Miami, Wells Fargo Green Team members took this advice to heart and planted a vegetable garden in order to encourage healthier and “greener” lifestyles. With a little bit of fertilizer, soil, and hard work, the team cultivated a fruitful vegetable garden at the Miami Operations Center. The garden produces a wide variety of herbs and vegetables such as tomatoes, bell peppers, mint, basil, spinach, oregano, parsley, and lettuce. Now the Center enjoys lunches together that consist of delicious caprese sandwiches, and the best Greek salads you ever tasted.

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Working in the garden together, the team creates a place that all can enjoy.

The team was inspired to build the garden in order to promote healthier lifestyles. Initially, some were surprised with the garden’s success, however, the garden soon became a popular spot where employees could help contribute or relax during a stressful day. After seeing the project’s success, the team hopes that the garden will inspire other offices to start their own garden. This project demonstrates how Green Team members can use simple, sustainable solutions to benefit the environment and the health of fellow community members.

There are many benefits of planting a vegetable garden! These include:

  • Reduced monthly food bill.
  • Knowledge of exactly what goes into your food.
  • Delicious, fresh tasting food.
  • Vegetables with important vitamins and nutrients.
  • Reduced impact on the environment.

We’d love you hear from you. Please use the comment box below to tell us about local gardening projects that benefit your community.

Tags:   climate   employee   food   volunteer   
Krista Van Tassel

Krista Van Tassel

As Community and Team Member Engagement manager for Wells Fargo’s Environmental Affairs Team, Krista supports the company’s 70+ Green Teams, recognizing and promoting environmental innovator best practices, and engaging and educating team members about their role in helping the company’s sustainability efforts. She also manages Wells Fargo’s Environmental Solutions for Communities’ $3 million annual nonprofit grant program focused on helping make long-term sustainable economic investments in local communities where its customers and 264,000 team members work and live. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2009, Krista worked in a variety of sustainability and marketing positions in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Krista earned her MBA in International Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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