Eight department heads and floor managers from Home Depot in Middletown got an early jump on Earth Day this week by volunteering to clean trash out of a nearby cornfield.

Eight department heads and floor managers from Home Depot in Middletown got an early jump on Earth Day this week by volunteering to clean trash out of a nearby cornfield.

“We’ve put an added focus on Team Depot and I’ve challenged my managers to come up with more things for us to do like this,” said Mike Youngson, who took over as store manager of the 7-year-old Home Depot at 350 Auto Park Drive in October.

Mickey Cochran, the 76-year-old owner of the 30-acre cornfield off U.S. Route 301, said he was glad to have the help.

“I think it’s a heck of a good thing,” he said. “We never had trash like this years ago, but between WalMart, Wawa and McDonalds, it all just blows over here into the field, my flower beds and my pool.”

Chris Wall, a floor manager at Home Depot, said she and her fellow employees reached out to Cochran after noticing the trash strewn across his field.

“It just breaks your heart to drive by and see it out here every day,” she said. “We figured it was the neighborly thing to do to ask if we could help.”

Other recent Team Depot projects undertaken by the Middletown store, which employs about 100 people, include a painting project at the Everett Theatre and a clean-up at the Babe Ruth Baseball and Fastpitch Softball fields on Wrangle Hill Road in Bear.