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UPM's Garden Grows!

In true LIVESMART fashion, our Hartford, Connecticut team maintains a seasonal vegetable garden in a plot of land adjacent to the office.  During their breaks, staff members tend the garden and enjoy a bit of exercise and fresh air.  The harvested vegetables are shared with anyone who wants to partake. 

Gordon Anderson and Don Pizzoferrato started the first planting in 2013.  The gardening tradition has been going on four years now, and the number of participants and crops has grown along with it.  Plants include tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, corn, eggplant, onions, zucchini, Bok Choi, beans, herbs and sunflowers.   While a squirrel has feasted on most of this season’s corn crop, there remains a plentiful harvest for employees to enjoy.


“We were amazed how fast and healthy the plants grew,” remarked Don Pizzaferrato, who attributes lots of sunshine and a formerly undisturbed 12’ x 100’ plot of land bordered by warming pavement to the success of the thriving vegetable garden.

We hope this example of urban gardening and healthy living will inspire others to experience the enrichment of a farm-to-table lifestyle, even while at work! 

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Posted August 14, 2017

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