MSUFCU Initiates Employee Community Garden
EAST LANSING, Mich. — When a couple of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) employees wanted to create an employee community garden, April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO, thought it was a great idea. The employees quickly formed an internal committee, CU Dig It, and proceeded to secure resources to allow employees to grow nutritious produce on the Credit Union’s headquarters campus.
“The mission of CU Dig It is to build community among Credit Union employees, share our passion for gardening, grow nutritious food for both employees and, eventually, community foodbanks, and learn more about sustainable gardening and healthy eating habits,” said Jennifer, co-founder of CU Dig It.
Gardening is open to all employees and family members interested in helping with the design, planting, maintenance, and harvesting. The core committee set up a schedule based on volunteers’ availability to tend the garden. The committee volunteers planted beans, beets, carrots, cucumbers, herbs, kale, lettuce, peas, peppers, pumpkins, radishes, summer squash, tomatoes, and zucchini in the garden, which consists of four raised beds.
“We are grateful to MSUFCU’s Infrastructure Planning and Facilities team for clearing the space, building the raised garden beds, constructing a storage shed, and establishing a water supply,” said Katie, co-founder of CU Dig It. “Without their support in getting us established, we would not be at this point. We are excited to see the fruits of our labor later this summer!”
Volunteers are currently focusing on watering and weeding while awaiting the first harvest.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for five consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six years in a row. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 276,000 members, nearly $4.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
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