Subaru of America has added another non-profit to its list those it supports via its Subaru Loves To Care initiative.
The automaker is aiding Lambs Farm, an organization located in Libertyville, Ill., whose mission is helping people with developmental disabilities lead productive, happy lives.
Subaru funded the development of Lambs Farm’s first-ever sustainable garden, located outside of the organization’s Magnolia Cafe & Bakery, providing a “farm-to-table” experience with the restaurant as well as providing healthy produce to the participants.
In addition to building the sustainable garden, team members from Subaru of America collaborated with the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners to install the garden and provide Lambs Farm participants the training needed for its proper maintenance. This training will also provide participants with a new set of skills that they can utilize in the growing garden or take with them to jobs in the surrounding community.
“Proper nutrition and exercise are important to the health of the Lambs Farm participants, so when we found out that they didn’t have a sustainable garden on-site, we knew that we could make a meaningful impact to this great cause,” said Jason Leopold, Subaru of America zone retailer marketing manager.
The Subaru Loves to Care initiative supports organizations that are committed to helping local communities and making the world a better place.
During a recent event, volunteers from Subaru, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and Lambs Farm spent the day building garden beds, transporting soil, planting and topping the gardens with straw. The sustainable garden is a place to grow food, flowers, herbs or to simply enjoy the peacefulness of the surrounding environment. Lambs Farm participants who work at the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery will be trained to tend to the new garden and vegetables in the garden will be used in the menu items prepared at the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery. The garden is expected to yield about 300 pounds of produce this year.