Now in it’s 8th year, Prism’s humble garden is a gathering place for outdoor meetings and breaks, while providing healthy snacks and habitat for the bees. Over the years, it has taken various shapes and been stewarded by various staff members. This year, the Prism Green Team renovated the garden beds and planted new perennials and chose to plant veggies that would be easy for anyone to harvest. The team also thought about how to make the whole process zero waste by using recycled containers to plant seedlings and by repairing the existing beds instead of replacing them.

Towards Zero Waste

Prism’s Green Team repurposed old milk jugs and food containers to hold seedlings and make a mini greenhouse that sat by the window in the office. Every few days, Green Team members would tend to the seedlings and we all got to watch them sprout.

Planting seedlings in the renovated garden beds

Now several years old, the garden beds have withstood the seasonal changes, and a few brushes with cars backing up. Rather than replace them, the team acquired the necessary hardware to bring them back to life. 

Flashback to the summer of 2014 when we went from plastic bins to the cedar garden beds that we still have five years later. That summer many staff lunches at company meetings were supplemented with fresh salads from our garden.