Where do all those boxes come from?

Strawberry Flats and Cardboard Boxes

Every year, plant sale customers are delighted to find a plentiful supply cardboard boxes to carry their plants.  For the past two years, they have used over 10,000 of these boxes.  Where do the boxes come from?  

A few months before the plant sale begins, a dedicated group of parents and supporters is hard at work collecting cardboard boxes from grocery stores all across the Twin Cities. The stores are happy to have the boxes go to good use (instead of the crusher), but they don't have much room to store them. So the volunteers take them home, 10, 20, 50 at a time. Then the boxes move to huge semi-trailers at the Fairgrounds to be stored for the sale. Almost three trailers full! And there they are for plant sale customers!

We need several new volunteers this year to collect boxes.  If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity before the sale, this is a great option. Please contact us at if you're interested.

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