At Amazon, we look for unique and impactful ways to give back to the communities where our employees live and work—our rooftop gardens are a great example of this. In 2018, Amazon’s horticulture team began partnering with FareStart. They leveraged existing space within Amazon’s urban campus in Seattle to create rooftop gardens for the purpose of providing healthy meals to those in need. This year, the garden space has grown to span across three Amazon buildings, with potential to expand in the future.
One hundred percent of the organic produce grown in all three gardens is donated to FareStart and used to train program participants and support their community meals program and restaurants. Amazon’s horticulture team also hosts Amazonians and FareStart apprentices at bi-weekly “Harvest & Learn” sessions throughout the summer to help with the harvest. This year, Amazon will donate more than 1,000 pounds of produce, or more than 4,000 food portions, to FareStart.