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Ben Nadel at CFUNITED 2009 (Lansdowne, VA) with: Ray Camden and Liz Frederick
Ben Nadel at CFUNITED 2009 (Lansdowne, VA) with: Ray Camden ( @cfjedimaster ) Liz Frederick ( @lizign )

The Arbor Day Web Development Team Planted Me Some Trees

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A little while ago, I got a letter in the mail, which is really odd because I pretty much never get any personal mail at the office. When I opened it, I was extremely flattered to find a "Trees in Celebration" certificate issued by The Arbor Day Foundation. Apparently, the ADF web development team planted 10 native pine, fir, and cedar trees in the Plumas National Forest on my behalf. I am both extremely touched and quite thankful for such a gift! You guys rock!


The Arbor Day Foundation Planted Trees In Celebration Of Ben Nadel's ColdFusion Community Involvement.  


The Arbor Day Foundation Planted Trees In Celebration Of Ben Nadel's ColdFusion Community Involvement.  

Again, thank you so much for the heartfelt gift and for the positive feedback. I love this community!

Reader Comments


Hey, you could cut them down and build a fort! ;)

I'm just kidding! That's actually a really, really cool way for them to show their appreciation. (planting the trees, not building a fort)


Okay, okay. I'll be good.

Anyway, that's a really cool gesture. 2 years ago my wife and I donated a cow on my Dad's behalf (

We sure miss Mom.

But seriously though, you donate money to purchase a cow for a poor village. They learn how to care for the animal, and have to donate the first calf to another village to carry on the tradition. It's really cool.


That's incredibly awesome- and well deserved. :)

A couple of years ago, we adopted/sponsored a wolf. Oddly, the other night there was some huffing and puffing at our door, but I'm sure it was nothing. ;)

*grumble* Everyone beat me to the wood jokes...



What a cool program. I love the way that people keep paying it forward with more cows!


Is that the same kind of concept with the wolf (as with the cow)?


How cool is that? My wife and I have given Heifer International stuff as gifts several times over the years, chickens, goats, a cow, whatever. The gift of wood is the same sort of cool, but also somehow sillier, judging by the sheer number of jokes already generated ;)


@Ben It's a bit more, Save the Children or whatever the organization is that says it sends you pictures of your child and you can correspond with him/her. Oh, but the wolves rarely write back. ;)

That's the link in case you're interested. If there's an animal you like that's in danger, there is probably an organization you can join to sponsor one. :)

Heifer International is a fantastic cause. It was the international charity Kyra and Max chose for their bar/bat mitzvah contribution.

I believe in love. I believe in compassion. I believe in human rights. I believe that we can afford to give more of these gifts to the world around us because it costs us nothing to be decent and kind and understanding. And, I want you to know that when you land on this site, you are accepted for who you are, no matter how you identify, what truths you live, or whatever kind of goofy shit makes you feel alive! Rock on with your bad self!
Ben Nadel