First & Main Residents Create Flower Arrangements for Sustainability Forum

Published: October 29th, 2015
Author: First & Main
Category: Articles

The residents at First & Main of Metro Health Village are putting a unique twist on the concept of sustainability. Using flowers donated from the neighboring Family Fare, residents participate in a weekly flower arranging class. They create centerpieces for the tables in their dining areas and for placement around the community. The flowers that are donated are typically past their sell-by date and would otherwise be discarded, but are still pretty and usable.

After seeing photos from the class, Store Director, Nicole Eckhardt asked First & Main if their residents would be interested in creating table arrangements for the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum’s Second Annual Triple-Bottom Line Bash on Thursday, November 5.

“I sent pictures of our flower arranging class to the Store Director, Nicole, and she passed it along to her supervisors,” said First & Main’s Director of Excitement, Heather Knouse. “They loved that the residents were getting use out of something they’d normally discard.”

SpartanNash, owner of Family Fare, felt asking residents to create the arrangements using the donated flowers was a great way to align with the company’s Corporate Responsibility commitment as well as the Forum’s objective to promote sustainable business practices. Residents will be creating 25 arrangements using vases and flowers provided by Family Fare.