On Saturday, March 19, 2011, Cargill Animal Nutrition’s employee-led Cargill Cares Council presented a $1,000 check to Harmony Institute board member Michael Stewart and Harmony Institute founder and president, Martha Lentz. The donation is to support the Institute’s mission of promoting human health and well-being through the interaction of people, animals and nature.
After presenting the check, the Cargill Cares team, with spouses and children, began their volunteer project of forging nature trails on the Harmony Institute’s 100-acre property located behind Harmony High School. The Institute plans to use the hiking trails for educational nature walks and environmental education experiences for students, children attending summer day camp and others – adults and children alike – who participate in Harmony Institute programs and events.
“Our new partnership with Cargill is very exciting,” said Martha Lentz, adding, “The enthusiasm and commitment of this group today has been truly amazing. Even the small children were out there clearing branches!”
After the Cargill employees and their families forged their first trails on the property, they held a picnic at Spirit Farm, which leads to the hiking area. Spirit Farm is a venue for corporate events, birthday parties and acts as an outdoor learning center for various Institute programs. The farm is home to the Harmony High School mascot, Touchdown and the Harmony Community School mascot Victory and has miniature donkeys and horses, standard size horses, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens as well as gardens. For information about Harmony Institute programming, contact the Institute at 407-957-0207.
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