Saving trees comes full circle

posted May 12, 2016 in Press Releases

May 12, 2016 (Ames, IA) – Greater Iowa staff spend Friday, May 6 planting trees as part of a local Trees Forever project in West Des Moines. In addition, they presented the organization with a check for $800 that covered the costs of the trees they were planting that day.

“The $800 donation was the result of our fall 2015 eStatements campaign. We donated $1 for every member who subscribed to eStatements during the campaign period. In addition, we were excited to have our staff volunteer to help with the specific Trees Forever project the funds were going to.”- President/CEO Scott Zahnle.

The newly planted fruit and nut trees were added to the Lutheran Services of Iowa’s Global Greens Incubator Farm located at the Valley Community Center in West Des Moines. Global Greens Farm helps refugees establish gardens and small farms. The trees will add to the various crops they can harvest to both consume and sell. There are currently 25 families of farmers from Bhutan, Burma, Burundi and Rwanda. The farm program not only provides the land, but also marketing assistance and farming advice to help the refugees become independent business owners. All produce grown on the farm’s four acres is certified naturally grown (produce that is produced and sold locally).

Leslie Berckes is the Central Iowa Field Coordinator for Trees Forever and helped connect the Greater Iowa donation to the local project at Global Greens. “Trees Forever has been working throughout central Iowa to add fruit and nut trees to existing gardens,” Berckes said. “Lutheran Services of Iowa contacted us early this year to see if we could add fruit and nut trees to the Global Greens Farm and at the same time Greater Iowa Credit Union was looking for a project to plant trees; it was a perfect match!”

Greater Iowa staff volunteers for the Trees Forever project

Greater Iowa staff volunteers for the Trees Forever project included: Melissa Campbell, Henry Hill, Cheyenne Jones, John Kenjar, Tara Killen and Jennifer Tebbe.

Volunteers Melissa Campbell and Tara Killen, helped move tomato plants

Volunteers Melissa Campbell and Tara Killen, helped move tomato plants at the Global Greens Incubator Farm.

olunteers Henry Hill and Jennifer Tebbe helped plant fruit and nut trees

Volunteers Henry Hill and Jennifer Tebbe helped plant fruit and nut trees at the Global Greens Incubator Farm.