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SunCommon offers free farm shares and garden supplies to new solar customers

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Starting spring well -- with fresh veggies on the table and hands in the dirt

Source: Ethan Fischer

SunCommon offers free farm shares and garden supplies to new solar customers.
We’re all aching for the arrival of spring, for eating fresh and getting back into the garden, and for producing more solar power! Our goal is to help you do it all. As our state’s landscape turns from dreary to verdant this season, we’re thanking our newest solar customers with credit at local farm stands and Gardener’s Supply.

Using business to build vibrant communities

It’s no coincidence that we’re using our spring campaigns to connect our customers with local, community-oriented farms and businesses. As a certified B Corp and registered Vermont Benefit Corporation, SunCommon took on the legal obligation to use our business as a force for good.

(And really, is there anything more good than the summer’s first fresh tomato?)

Whether our customers use their farm credit to supplement weekly grocery shopping, or take the opportunity to go strawberry picking with their families, we hope this offer helps all of us connect with the local farmers that sustain our environment and fill our bellies. We’re proud to be building vibrant communities – with you and with them.

We’re focusing our outreach efforts this spring in four communities, each of which has shown huge interest in solar already: South Burlington, Essex, Greater Montpelier, and the 5-Town community in Addison County.  We’re raising the tide of solar in these geographies and proudly partnering with three local farms, and one great B Corp:

Footprint Farm in Starksboro, for the 5 Towns Campaign
Dog River Farm in Berlin, for the Greater Montpelier Campaign
Common Roots in South Burlington, for the South Burlington Campaign
Gardener’s Supply in Williston, for the Essex Campaign

New customers in these campaign communities who go solar with SunCommon before May 31st (and the friends who refer them!) will receive $200 from one of those amazing partner organizations. That’s a win for farmers, a win for customers, and a win for solar.

Read more below to learn about what makes each of these partner groups special:

Common Roots, South Burlington

Common Roots is a nonprofit organization that uses an innovative approach to teaching land stewardship and nutrition, and building a sustainable future by connecting farmers, educators, and the wider community. Their work strengthens and supports local food systems, provides food security, and affirms our environment.

In 2017 they provided 1160 students with monthly nutrition lessons, supplied 30 at-risk families with organic produce, and started a 4-acre farm and farmstand where they sell organic vegetables, bread, meat, cheese, honey, plant starts, and more.

Gardener’s Supply

Started in 1983 and original founder of Burlington’s Intervale Center, today Gardener’s Supply is an employee-owned, Certified B-Corp serving millions nationwide and a cornerstone Vermont business.

They offer the full spectrum of garden supplies, from seed starting and maintenance to furniture and decorations, all while donating 8% of pre-tax profits to organizations that utilize gardening to address social and environmental issues.

Dog River Farm, Berlin

Dog River Farm is a Greater Montpelier area favorite with farming roots on site dating back to the 1850s. They are feeding the Capitol City and beyond with organic veggies and fruits as well as stocking their farmstand with dairy, eggs, meats, and more.

You can stop by their farm stand on Route 12 south of Montpelier, or find their products in grocery stores, restaurants, and at the Capital City Farmers Market.

Footprint Farm, Starksboro

Footprint Farm, founded in 2013, produces certified organic vegetables, flowers, and eggs, as well as pork raised using organic practices. They provide over 75 families with local, organic, delicious food throughout the growing season through their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. In addition to their CSA, Footprint Farm sells their goods at the Shelburne Farmers Market and to local restaurants.

Their new farm building is now equipped with 52 SunCommon solar panels to produce electricity for both their farm and their home!