RHA is so pleased to have had the opportunity this spring, summer and fall to work with some amazing corporate volunteer groups who came out to Fairview Farm prepared to tackle any project—from grooming our trails and clearing our fields of invasive species, to assembling well test and stream cleanup kits, to cleaning out our barns and organizing materials in our offices for outreach events…projects too numerous to list.
Partnering with local corporate groups expands our stewardship capacity so that our small staff can better serve the community by implementing programs and projects that directly affect water quality in our watershed’s 470 square mile region.
We’d like to extend our sincere appreciation to these volunteers–many of whom return to us year after year–who give so willingly of their time and energy to help out at the Farm, on our preserves, and throughout the Raritan Headwaters region. We’d especially like to thank these companies and their employees for their recent contributions:
Colgate volunteers planted native plants in Fairview Farm’s new rain garden through their Colgate Cares program. Their efforts will reduce runoff during large storms and provide valued habitat for native birds and butterflies.
College Hunks Hauling Junk from Hillsborough assisted RHA in preparing Fairview Farm for our annual Old Fashioned Country Fair. With their help we were able to set up our tents, tables, haybales and banners in one day rather than three.
Janssen volunteers helped with trail maintenance, perennial garden maintenance and the removal of invasive shrubs.
Miller Coors employees from Edison picked up 20 bags of trash and 15 bags of recyclables at Ten Eyck Park in North Branch NJ. The park encompasses 9 acres of land that borders the Raritan River.
Morgan Stanley employees volunteered with RHA over the course of 3 dates, assisting with land stewardship at Fairview Farm and our Fox Hill preserve. Projects included invasive plant removal, planting of tree saplings, maintenance on existing tree saplings, and invasive vine removal.
Roche Molecular Systems from Branchburg spent the day remediating a meadow and helping us prepare for an upcoming fundraising event.
Trout Unlimited from Central and North NJ cleared invasive plants from our Burnt Mills preserve which will allow native understory plants to flourish. These efforts will improve the habitat along the Lamington River.
Wyndham Worldwide came out en force with more than 70 employees tackling everything from trail maintenance, mum planting, carpentry, and invasive shrub removal to cleaning up our Bird & Butterfly garden, reorganizing our kitchens to accommodate hosting fundraising events, assembling outreach materials, and more.