How Slidejoy Seeded a Community Garden

As you know, we recently launched Slidejoy Carats to provide you more reward options to redeem. But cash or gift cards don’t mean anything by themselves, it’s what you do with it and who you spend it on that matters. That’s why we wanted to share the story of how one Slidejoy user spent her Carats to save the world.

Disclaimer: No puns were harmed in the writing of this post.

A young Miss Beasley: Lettuce tell you a story

Last winter, Michaelle Beasley, a Slidejoy user and her landlord, Geoffrey Cope, were talking about ways to save the environment (as all heroes do) and make use of an unused plot of land around their apartment building. They came up with the genius idea to start a community garden and grow various fruits and vegetables in the Spring. Michaelle, being the generous soul that she is, redeemed $40 of Slidejoy Carats to Paypal and donated it to “seed” the community garden.

Turnip the volume, Sun!

Fast forward to this summer, and not only is she growing 15 different kinds of fruits and veggies (including delicious tomatoes, melons, squash, eggplant, etc.), but she is also using old refrigerators to incubate the garden (upcycling is her term). She gutted the old fridges and disposed of the harmful fluids safely before using them of course. We’re not agricultural rocket scientists, but that sounds downright brilliant!

These amazing plants can grow in fridge(id) temperatures

This year is a test run for the garden to see if it would work, but next year, the plan is to go full throttle and grow enough to sell the fruits (and veggies) of their labor. We’re so honored that we can help a supermom, environmentalist, community organizer and world changer like Michaelle.

Slidejoy users are all one in a melon

We hope that Michaelle and Geoffrey’s example inspires you to use your Carats for your own great causes. Are you changing the world with your Carats? Let us know! We’d love to share your story!