AeroFarms starts nine ‘community farms’ that provide students with fresh food

AeroFarms has announced an expansion of its Community Farm program. The goal is to provide year-round access to fresh and nutritious leafy greens in environments such as schools, company canteens and community centers. This expansion of nine new farms meets increased customer demand for small-scale indoor farming technology and reflects the growth of AeroFarm’s equipment.

Along with the growing system, AeroFarms also offers a robust service package to Community Farm customers, including essentials such as seeds, nutrients and support from AeroFarms’ team of scientists and specialists.

“Our Community Farm offering helps us achieve this mission while encouraging healthy eating habits and providing access to food for people in underserved areas,” said David Rosenberg, co-founder and CEO of AeroFarms.

Nine locations
This month, AeroFarms, in partnership with Newark Public Schools (NPS), completed installations throughout the Newark Public School district, including Central High School, George Washington Carver Elementary School, Sir Isaac Newton Elementary School, Thirteenth Avenue School and Michelle Obama Elementary School. This program is part of plans to promote science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education in the district.

Newark Superintendent Roger León: “The district continues to prioritize the health and wellness of our Newark community through our continued partnership with AeroFarms. We are very grateful for the opportunity to support our Newark Public School students, staff and families in our great city. to deliver fresh vegetables from our own land.”

Earlier this month, AeroFarms completed training for Michelle Obama Elementary School teachers. As part of the school’s Giving Tuesday event, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the school’s students distributed 75 containers of healthy AeroFarms vegetables to families in the community. The AeroFarms Community Farm at the school contributes to the school’s mission to empower students through community, health and wellness initiatives.

London V., second grade student in elementary school: “I am very proud of myself because the plants we planted have grown well. I am also happy to learn more about plants.”

Farming has also recently begun through the Community Farm at Thirteenth Avenue School, which partners with the I Have a Dream Foundation – New Jersey, the local chapter of a national non-profit.

The common garden

The installation at Thirteenth Avenue School will be used to support STEAM education and a new culinary arts program for students. This installation was made possible by a donation from Deloitte. Deloitte, an audit, advisory and tax consulting firm, also wants to ensure the creation of a fairer society.

This installation is one of three AeroFarms Community Farms supported by Deloitte to promote themes of sustainability and equity in schools in the New York/New Jersey area. Another installation will be set up at PS 85, The Great Expectations School in the Bronx, in partnership with Wellness in the Schools, a national nonprofit that teaches students healthy habits to learn and live better.

“Deloitte is proud to support AeroFarms’ Community Farm program,” said Kwasi Mitchell, Chief Purpose Officer at Deloitte. “Our organization is committed to sustainable and equitable solutions, and we are pleased to support a program dedicated to advancing health equity by providing hands-on education and access to healthy food to students in need.”

Outside of Newark’s public school system, AeroFarms also partners with Riverdale Country School in the Bronx. Founded in 1907, Riverdale is an independent preschool through 12th grade dedicated to “creating a community to change our world for the better.” Riverdale and AeroFarms are also collaborating to develop educational resources and tools that teachers can use to integrate AeroFarms technology into the classroom.

The expansion of AeroFarms’ Community Farm business builds on the company’s project with Jersey City and the World Economic Forum’s Healthy Cities and Communities 2030 Initiative. AeroFarms is partnering with Jersey City to roll out vertical farms throughout the city to provide individuals and communities with access to healthy food.

“We are excited to bring new partners into the AeroFarms network as we expand our efforts to bring healthy food and STEAM education to communities where it can best make a positive impact,” said Jason Ginsberg, AeroFarms Chief of Staff and Director of Community Farms. “This is just the beginning, and we look forward to working with potential sponsors and organizations as we continue to scale our Community Farm program in the United States and abroad.”

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