Weeding, watering, and fertilizing are all part of a day’s work for a group of employees at the Massachusetts Medical Society in Waltham.
The ballfield across the street from the publisher of The New England Journal of Medicine is home to 11 raised beds of organic tomatoes, eggplants, carrots, squash, and herbs — 176 square feet in all — built and supervised by the gardening company Green City Growers and funded by the medical society.
The 30 employees who take turns tending the garden on their lunch breaks expect to harvest about 500 pounds of produce this year — half of which is donated to a local food pantry and half of which is divvied up among themselves.
The project, spearheaded by business intelligence specialist Tim Blasko, has given the 29-year-old unexpected cachet with his fellow gardeners. “I’m like a rock star here with all the middle-aged women,” Blasko said.