Spotlight: Give Your Brand a Hand Winner September 2015: Big Bear Valley Community Gardens Project
We might be in the middle of fall, but growing season isn’t over quite yet. This month’s winner of our Give Your Brand a Hand giveaway was Robbie Bos, the founder of the Big Bear Valley Community Gardens Project. He and a team of volunteers have helped to build this community garden from the ground up, starting back in 2012.
Big Bear Valley Community Gardens Project is actually two gardens located in Southern California. Their “China Gardens” boasts 46 individual raised beds with over 700 square feet of food pantry growing area and seven fruit trees. Their second location, “The Ranch Community Garden”, broke ground in spring of 2015 and continues to be built in stages.
During their 2014 growing season, they distributed over 660 pounds of produce to local food banks and churches. To accomplish all this, their volunteers build beds, plant seeds and fruit trees, water, harvest, tend to walkways and paths, pull weeds, build compost areas, and plan for future growing spaces.
To help thank the countless volunteers who help make this possible, Robbie wanted to share some gifts that expressed his gratitude for helping to make the project a growing success. With his $500 prize, he chose the 25 oz. Alpine Aluminum Water Bottle and the Jumbo Nonwoven Grocery Tote .
We love the idea of volunteers being able to easily stay hydrated while working around the gardens with those cool water bottles. The bags are perfect for carrying supplies or veggies on site or even at the grocery store. Plus, using the imprinted bags and bottles on the go means that other people will see their logo and maybe get curious enough to get involved in the project!
So congrats again to Robbie and the Big Bear Valley Community Gardens Project! We loved working with you on these thoughtful thank you gifts and we hope your team loves using them.
The Give Your Brand a Hand Giveaway continues on and if you want to join the ranks of small businesses that have won, enter here! In August, our prize went to a fitness center. In July, an artist in Chicago won. June saw an insurance company take the prize. May was a Midwest cupcake shop and April was a travel agency. Our first winner back in March was a graphic design firm. Will your business be next?