JUNE 12, 2018
B the Change is a program that honors the B-Corporations who “have a passion for using business as a force for good in the world.” Each year, they announce their Best for the World Honorees, and we’re shining our spotlight on the B-Corp Growers – farms, gardens, and more – making a difference in their local food systems, and creating the future of business.
From Hawaii to Massachusetts, meet the Growers honored this year.
“An environmental champion, AeroFarms® is leading the way to address our global food crisis by building, owning, and operating indoor vertical farms that grow safe, healthy, and flavorful food in a sustainable and socially responsible way. Horticulture intersects with Engineering, Food Safety, Data Science, and Nutrition, giving AeroFarms the capability to understand plant biology in a way that has never been understood. And they grow using 95% less water, a fraction of the land and resources, and with yields 390 times higher per square foot annually vs. traditional field farming. They just opened their 9th farm that is the world’s largest indoor vertical farm. They are scaling quickly to meet demand, and they have projects in development on 4 different continents.” Read Edible Jersey’s interview with AeroFarms. www.aerofarms.com
“Feronia Forests is unique among timberland management organizations insofar as it implements a Sustainable Full Forestry™ strategy — Feronia extracts sap from maple trees for the production of maple water (Vertical Water) and maple syrup (Mission:Maple); and hosts on its properties renewable energy facilities. Ramblewild is Feronia’s main vehicle to monetize the recreational potential of our forests: visitors meander from tree to tree at various heights through a pristine hemlock forest. Engagement with the environment is the first step for people to begin caring about and supporting it: our mission is to bring people back to the forest and to develop an understanding, appreciation and respect for nature in everyone.” www.feroniaforests.com
“Sons & Daughters, Inc is a small family organic farm and winery using what we grow in our wine and kombucha. Guests enjoy their products in the retail tasting room and being educated about the benefits of organic farming while on a farm tour.” www.sd-farm.com
“Archi’s Acres is a farming enterprise that utilizes hydro-organic technology to grow produce. Headquartered in Escondido, California, Archi’s is a certified organic greenhouse operation, which grows living basil, kale, and other herbs and produce.” www.archisacres.com
“Green City Growers (GCG) transforms unused space into thriving urban farms, providing clients with immediate access to nutritious food, while revitalizing city landscapes and inspiring self-sufficiency. GCG is an Urban Farming company focused on growing as much food as possible in otherwise unused spaces. From rooftops to raised beds, GCG builds and installs urban farms, offering educational and hands-on programs for businesses, food service providers, and educational institutions.” Read Edible Boston’s interview with Green City Growers. http://growmycitygreen.com
“Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH) has found a way to occupy the sweet spot where “doing good” meets “doing well” by planting rare high value endemic koa trees on Hawaii Island. Some trees are planted for investors for eventual harvest, while others—“Legacy Trees”—are planted to permanently reforest the land, sequester carbon, advance science and inspire environmental awareness. HLH has been actively building strategic alliances with green minded companies and associations to further the cause of the koa restoration project. Their list of 35 partners include Four Seasons, Make-A-Wish, American Lung Association, and the National Kidney Foundation. With these organizations, HLH has planted more than 200,000 trees in just four short years. In addition, their Legacy Tree sponsorship program supports more than 240 charities worldwide.” www.hawaiianlegacyhardwoods.com
Original Source – EdibleCommunities.com