Commissioned by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University to design a project with sustainable impact for its incoming class, we saw this partnership as the perfect platform to pilot and track results of our 1-day, community-wide program. We wondered if using a large scale volunteer force to create sustainable change, in the course of 1 day, at multiple sites across a community or city would lead by example and empower more people to grow their own healthy food.
With the resulting Community Impact Day project, Kellogg students have positively impacted over 8,000 garden recipients. They have empowered individuals, families, and key civic organizations with the necessary resources to harvest 65,000 servings of fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables each season. Sponsors include Edelman Chicago, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Crain's Chicago Business, Lowe's, Northwestern Memorial Hospital / NMPG and Whole Foods in addition to a host of others have made the two-year pilot possible. Thank you all for sharing the vision.
We are expanding our "1 Day 2 Change" model to universities across the country. We are in the process of selecting founding members of The Yellow Tractor ECO Alliance of participating colleges and universities. Yellow Tractor Alliance schools and corprorate sponsors will play a significant role in expanding the nutrition gardening movement across America. Reach out to us if you think your school is up to the challenge.