Good Matters™ Blog

Posted on May 19th, 2011

Bringing Back Natural Beauty in Rochester, Minnesota

Posted by Tara, Health and Specialty Sales Representative

My husband and I live in Minneapolis, and once the spring season starts, we are always looking for an excuse to get outside. The perfect opportunity came on May 1 when we had the chance to participate in one of the Beautification Events that Tom’s of Maine is sponsoring around the country. These park restorations are part of a unique partnership with Sheryl Crow. The aim is to bring back natural beauty to the communities she is visiting on her “100 Miles From Memphis” tour.

This particular event was at the Quarry Hill Nature Center in Rochester, MN. The goal was to help the folks at the nature center eradicate garlic mustard from the grounds. Garlic mustard is an invasive species that has been spreading in the Midwest and is a threat to native plants and the animals that depend on those plants for food. As we learned at the nature center, the best way to deal with this plant is to pull it. To that end, over 50 volunteers showed up to help, which was a record number for Quarry Hill! Tom’s of Maine provided gloves and tools, T-shirts for the volunteers and samples of our new Simply White® toothpaste.  We also raffled off tickets to a Sheryl Crow concert that was happening in Rochester the following week.

Though it was a bit chilly for May, the volunteers and I had a really fantastic time! We learned a lot at the presentation and had the opportunity to help out the nature center with a very difficult problem. Additionally, it was really cool to be able to share Simply White with the group! For more information on how we’ve partnered with Sheryl Crow to bring back natural beauty, check out our“Simply White and Sheryl Crow” Facebook tab and feel free to share any of your volunteering stories with us on our wall.

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