In line with our vision, Pilgrim's sponsored a tree planting and education program its Rockingham County facilities and three area elementary schools: John C. Myers, Plains, and Lacey Springs. Pilgrim's team members secured trees and dug the holes, and then students actually helped plant the trees.
After assessing the company's properties, Pilgrim's decided to plant screening trees at its Timberville production facility and Broadway hatchery, and then to plant trees in the fields behind the plant to stabilize a riverbed and provide shelter and food for wildlife. While Pilgrim's planted trees on its own property, the company also sponsored an education and planting program at area schools. About 180 local fourth-graders learned about trees and why they are important for our environment. Then each student helped plant shade trees on the school grounds.
Additionally, the company provided each student with his or her own seedling to plant at home. Altogether, over 300 trees were planted by Pilgrim's and the students, and the next generation of people in the community now also know how to care for the trees.