B.GOOD, the industry pioneer in providing great tasting, locally sourced burgers, bowls, salads and smoothies, hosted its first company outing at Hannah Farm on Long Island in Boston Harbor on Thursday, July 26, 2018. The fast-casual chain brought together 60 employees including executives, corporate employees, and district managers from the U.S. and Canada to connect around the mission of B.GOOD and the purpose of the farm.
B.GOOD restored Hannah Farm in 2016 to help meet its goal of building a company that makes communities better. As part of the restoration, B.GOOD partnered with Camp Harbor View, a summer camp for at-risk Boston Youth. The partnership gives campers an opportunity to learn about farming, healthy eating, and entrepreneurship. Campers and Leaders in Training (LITs) harvest fruit and veggies that are incorporated into their daily meals while at camp, and get sent home to their families via the Friday Harvest Bag Program. The remaining crop is donated to local organizations or used in local B.GOOD stores.
Last year, the farm grew 12,300 pounds of produce and donated 75% of it to local organizations that help people who need fresh healthy food including Camp Harbor View, Fresh Truck, and Serving Ourselves Kitchen.
“As one of the only restaurants to own its own farm, I am excited that we got to spend a day coming together as a company to experience all the farm has to offer,” says Chris Fuqua, CEO of B.GOOD. “It is one of the unique aspects of our company culture and I am excited to continue to showcase and educate our employees and customers about what makes B.GOOD great.”
B.GOOD employees spent the day doing a variety of team building activities and getting a tour of the camp and farm, followed by an afternoon of farming and harvesting produce – kale, edible flowers and more for dinner. As part of the outing, the team planted cucumbers that will be sold as pickles in B.GOOD restaurants this Fall, and the proceeds will go towards funding three scholarship for local high school students. To top off the outing, Chef Tony Rosenfeld and Chef Linh Aven created a special curated B.GOOD farm-to-table dinner for everyone, which included fresh produce from Hannah Farm.