Community Involvement

Community Involvement is important to us. By giving back to our community, we create an understanding and awareness among our neighbors about who and what we are. Our time and financial support spans many areas affecting the community at large, and some more specific, targeting groups or individuals with special needs. There are many different cultures working at South Mill, and we recognize the need to respect and accommodate their varying needs.

South Mill’s community involvement includes active participation in the American Mushroom Institute in matters relating to safety and community issues.

We are a founding member of OSHA Alliance – a cooperative effort between OSHA and the regional mushroom industry.

We provide educational tours to interested institutions, groups and individuals as a way to increase their awareness of the importance of agriculture to us all.

We financially support a variety of local causes and non-profit organizations, of which numerous South Mill executives are actively involved.

Team members who utilize our on-site gardens donate a portion of their produce to the local food cupboard. We work closely with local law enforcement agencies and school administrators to promote order, safety and social responsibility within our workforce. We maintain very close ties with community organizations and respond in a timely manner to any and all issues and developments within the community affecting our team members and/or the Company.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

MORE THAN JUST MUSHROOMS

More than just mushrooms are growing at South Mill! All of our team members share in the social responsibility to our community and to its sustained growth, and we recognize our obligation to be respectful to our surroundings and our neighbors.

Sustainability is at the core of what we do. From the beneficial re-use thousands of tons of agricultural wastes and by-products, to the many hundreds of families we support, to the extremely healthy food we produce, we are very proud of South Mill’s quality-of-life contributions.

We have a responsibility to our team members and their happiness and personal growth, and we continually explore new and different way to meet that responsibility. Our “ALIVE” program, a holistic wellness program, offers employees a balance of life-enhancing activities such as yoga practices, mindfulness classes, walking clubs, nutrition demonstrations and guidance, on-site gardens, a summer camp program with the Kennett Area YMCA, and other activities.

Our team members also benefit from on-site citizenship classes, health screenings, flu and other vaccinations, banking advice, upgrade programs for various skilled trades through Pathstone, a federally funded program, and many other services that South Mill provides directly or through its collaboration with numerous social service organizations with whom we work closely.

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South Mill was an efficient recycler decades before it was in style. We annually re-use thousands of tons of agricultural wastes and by-products, millions of gallons of wastewater and thousands of tons of mushroom roots in the making of our substrate. All of these waste materials are converted into a useful food base for our crop. At the completion of our crops, the nearly 80,000 tons of “Spent Mushroom Substrate” we produce annually, is reused by local farmers as a natural, earth-friendly alternative to chemical and other non-stabilized fertilizers. Nurseries, landscapers and potting soil manufacturers also use large quantities of this material. While South Mill’s operations do not consume a lot of land, we support over 100 square miles of farmland through the thousands of tons of agriculture waste and by-products we use year after year in the making of our substrate, thereby providing a tremendous benefit to the environment.

Recent Community Involvement

Mushroom Festival

On September 10th and 11th, a number of our South Mill team members visited and participated in the mushroom festivities that help raise funds for local non-profit organizations. The Mushroom Festival’s Grant Program has given $805,000 in grants to local... read more

“Fore!”

“Fore!” On October 5th, President Mike Pia and Accountant Tom Eason participated in the YMCA Corporate 2-man Championship golf tournament. While no trophies were brought home, it was a great day of golf. Best of all, the event raised close to $100,000 in support of... read more

Blood Drive!

Blood Drive success! A big thank you to everyone who came out for the Miller-Keystone Blood Center’s drive on February 3rd 2015! The staff members from the blood center were very happy to report we had 29 donors in our pool for the day! We also had several... read more

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