An e-waste collection bin at Headquarters. Our employees dropped off over 7 tons of electronics for recycling!

An e-waste collection bin at Headquarters. Our employees dropped off over 7 tons of electronics for recycling!

While sustainability is definitely part of our lives year-round at Organic Valley, we’ve designated April as Sustainability Month- a time for us to spend a few weeks really focusing on how we can be more sustainable at home and at work.

We started off the month by cleaning up the highways near our Headquarters in La Farge and the Distribution Center in Cashton. I seem to have a knack for scheduling these events on days when the weather is bad, and that tradition continued with the clean-up in La Farge happening on a

This turtle was trying to cross the busy road during our highway clean-up, we picked him up and brought to the stream

This turtle was trying to cross the busy road during our highway clean-up, we picked him up and brought to the stream

very rainy day. Fortunately we have an impressive number of dedicated employees and over 35 people volunteered to help with the highway clean-ups- despite all the wind and rain! In addition to picking up trash along the road, we also helped this little turtle get across the busy highway.

My favorite event of the month was a rain barrel workshop we held towards the end of April. We were able to source used, food-grade plastic barrels from a local bottling company and after a bit of experimenting we developed a plan

Drilling a hole for the faucet

Drilling a hole for the faucet

for assembling the rain barrels. In January when we started thinking about this event, I envisioned us building rain barrels on the lawn while enjoying some beautiful spring sunshine. Naturally it was pouring rain, but our wonderful maintenance team generously let us invade their shop so we were all able to stay dry. The cafe provided us with some tasty drinks and snacks and everyone had a great time assembling their rain barrel. Several employees have mentioned that their barrels are almost full after all the rain we’ve had recently!