International Competition: Communities in Bloom, ROUND TWO!

International Competition: Communities in Bloom, ROUND TWO!

July 10, 2017

For the second year in a row, Associated Labels and Packaging is participated in the Communities in Bloom Competition in partnership with the City of Coquitlam (CoQ).

In 2016 our company was first approached to participate in the competition after our staff helped plant native species in the adjacent creek as part of a restoration project. We gladly accepted having just installed our two new bee hives. In addition, we showcased our first in North America: Non-GMO, Backyard Compostable, Stand-Up Pouch to the national judges! Needless to say they were impressed with the pouch that fully composts in 90 days and our pollinators buzzing around. The CoQ ended up winning the award for the national “Over-50,000” population category, and received a “5 Blooms Silver” rating. With the outstanding mark of 88 percent, the CoQ decided to participate in the international competition. After the 2016 win, the City of Coquitlam parks staff approached our company to join their Communities in Bloom Task Force; we happily accepted. Each couple of months our representative would attend meetings to discuss strategies and ideas to help win the next event.

This year the City will compete against others in the same population category except on an international level. Our beautiful city is up against other amazing cities such as Bruges Belgium, Wood Buffalo Alberta and Holland Michigan. Once again our company will be on the judges tour next week, and since this year the theme is pollinators, we will be taking them into our apiary which has doubled in size since last year! In addition to the hives, we have installed a modest native food forest which hosts Nodding Onions, Mountain Strawberries, Camas and the like; in addition to our regular vegetable garden.

We are proud to be participants in this years event to help educate others about pollination, environmental initiatives and community involvement to the best of our ability.

You can see our apiary in the attached video at the 00:26 second mark 😉

 

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