The following is a sponsored post on behalf of McDonald’s. All opinions – and fun – are my own.
This past weekend, I took my son to one of our local McDonald’s which was hosting an Earth Day event with a neighboring community garden. They have somewhat recently begun partnering and McDonald’s now gives the community garden coffee grounds for their composting efforts. It’s part of McDonald’s new “Good Neighbors, Good Grounds” recycling program.
For those local to Asheville, the McDonald’s we visited is the Merrimon Avenue location. They are working with Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church’s garden.
So on Saturday, we ventured out and luckily had great weather (because it appears to be monsoon season in Asheville.) I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as kid activities, and I talked to my boy about Earth Day before we got there. (His take on Earth Day is we want to take care of the earth so it doesn’t fly off and hit another planet – Jupiter, to be specific.)
They had stations to start your own seeds! We have a garden (no secret there) but haven’t planted more than lettuce or spinach this year. So he put dirt into the cardboard egg cartons, and then was asked which seeds he wanted to try. He was adamant about growing carrots, and we were lucky they had some carrot seed packets. He also chose kale and radishes. He dropped his seeds into the “pods”, covered with more dirt, and then sprinkled water over all of the dirt. I put the egg carton into the car so we could explore the gardens.
He was so excited to walk through the garden! He really wanted to pick vegetables, but I was able to talk him out of that. We walked around and read all of the signs, and we talked about composting (we have a compost bin in our yard, but have really been slack about using it the past year. I told my husband that I want to get back into the habit with garden season approaching.)
So back to the McDonald’s partnership. They’re working with various community gardens, and right now we’re a test market. I learned, however, that if you have a garden in mind for this type of partnership, all you have to do is ask the restaurant about working together. It’s that simple. This partnership is a great fit because the parking lot of McDonald’s is adjacent to the garden – it really was meant to be! And as someone who has composted in the past, coffee grounds are SO easy to compost, and so great for the soil.
I really love when big companies can give back to their communities in useful ways.
We also had to take a moment to have some fun.
Now it’s your turn for some garden fun! Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a garden pack and $25 gift card to McDonald’s. This giveaway will run for two weeks, with a winner announced on May 9.
Do you compost? What is your favorite herb or vegetable to grow?
I love growing basil (because…pesto.) Tomatoes are one of my favorite vegetables to grow – and cucumbers! And now I want to grow all the things…