This year was the inaugural year of Tellabs employee garden plots. It has been a huge success with all plots being claimed (even those put aside for neighboring companies). I think Tellabs employee and gardener Greg Rigali said it best:
"Eight of my colleagues from the supply chain execution team agreed to form a group, which we appropriately called "The Chain Gang."
The Chain Gang is growing tomatoes, broccoli, beans, zucchini, squash, beets, eggplant, lettuce and a variety of peppers.
And as in the workplace, the group finds teamwork is the best approach in the garden.
"We agreed that the initiative has created a great collaborative opportunity," Rigali said. "In the beginning, the Chain Gang went out as a group to do the initial planting, but now we typically divide up the jobs for the gardening plots."
Not only do the employees work as a team during the workday, but they found a way to have that translate to the garden as well. There is also talk of setting up a Tellabs market stand and donating excess to the local food pantry. A great way to share the bounty with others.
Well done Tellabs, I hope other companies with the land to spare follow your approach.