With gratitude to Whole Foods

By From page A12 | March 22, 2013

The board and members of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum thank Whole Foods for its generous support! Whole Foods selected the Friends as the first recipient of the Nickels for Nonprofit partnership at the new Davis store.

From the store grand opening in October through Jan. 13, Whole Foods invited customers who brought in reusable shopping bags to donate their nickel bag credits to the Friends. Plus, the store donated all collections in the change tins at each register during that same period.

Whole Foods also collaborated with the Arboretum to host the pre-opening media event at the Arboretum Terrace Garden and offered Friends representatives the chance to meet customers at its inaugural Vendor Fair in October.

Members of the Friends are very excited about this win-win partnership since the UCD Arboretum and Whole Foods share a commitment to sustainability and education. The location of the Whole Foods store adjacent to the Arboretum’s Terrace Garden makes for a wonderful pairing of fresh and local food options with eco-friendly garden choices. Pick up a healthy lunch, then dine al fresco as you browse the Arboretum demonstration plantings for water-wise ideas for your home landscape.

The Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum is the oldest and one of the largest support groups on the UCD campus, with more than 1,400 members. Hundreds of Friends members from the community regularly volunteer to care for the gardens, present public programs or work on behind-the-scenes projects that support the mission of the Arboretum.

We are grateful for the community partnership of Whole Foods that helps the Friends organization continue its valuable role supporting the public gardens and programs at the Arboretum.

Nancy Shapiro
Co-president, Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum

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