F O U N D A T I O N
OUR STORY Urban Seed Foundation was formed in January 2017 as the non-profit arm of Urban Seed Inc. Our founding team at Urban Seed Inc. knew that the technology being brought to market for creating locally grown produce for Las Vegasâ€™ hospitality industry was equally as valuable in how we can solve food insecurity for urban communities. Urban Seed Foundation was formed to share technology and leadership with the community, and advance a local solution to a global problem.
What grew out of Urban Seed Incâ€™s ground-breaking plans to revolutionize local farming became our Foundationâ€™s passionate mission to end food deserts in at-risk communities. Urban Seed Foundation is a fundraising non-profit organization committed to building food-driven ecosystems. We establish collaborations of likeminded organizations who are committed to food access, nutrition education and creating legislature to benefit hungry families and in-need citizens via urban agriculture. Urban Seed Foundation will fund a wide array of solution oriented systems for the betterment of the community, from traditional farming to aeroponic farming, including Urban Seed Incâ€™s proprietary systems to grow the highest yielding nutrient-dense produce per square foot available today. These local community advancements will give even the most at-risk communities the opportunity to access fresh food. In Las Vegas, over 207,000 of the 365,000 children enrolled in the Clark County School System indicate some level of food insecurity.
OUR MISSION IS TO END THIS PROBLEM, AND CREATE A MODEL FOR ALL AT-RISK COMMUNITIES.
HUNGER + OBESITY A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD
Hunger in At-Risk Urban Environments For many of us, food access is taken for granted. But for hundreds of thousands of residents in urban communities, this is not the case. Many factors including access, education, income levels, and transportation all play a part in the urban hunger problem. Hunger is about missing meals – a coping strategy when there is not enough money to cover all of one’s basic needs. Nevadans are missing a lot of meals. Most people are able to purchase some food through work or other income. Some people receive federal nutrition benefits, which add a few more meals. Some receive emergency or regular assistance from food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries, which contribute even more meals. Even after all these sources of food are counted up, more than 16 percent of Nevada’s population still misses meals.
“NEVADANS ARE MISSING A LOT OF MEALS.”
Obesity in At-Risk Urban Environments To compound the problem, a lack of good nutritional education and healthy food access leads many people to spend money on less healthy fast food options instead of spending the same amount of money on locally produced sources of food that could be prepared at home and would be healthier. Some people who have food insecurity issues will try to take in as much food as possible without considering the nutritional value of the food they consume. This can also impact their children by leading them to form poor eating habits that will influence their food choices throughout their lives, leading to epidemic proportions of obesity in our at-risk communities. The negative impact is evident in the humanitarian issues as well as the economic issues resulting from this challenge.
The Governorâ€™s Council on Food Security in the State of Nevada recommends the following: â€œTo compound the problem, a lack of good nutritional education and healthy food access leads many people to spend money on less healthy fast food options instead of spending the same amount of money on locally produced sources of food that could be prepared at home and would be healthier. Some people who have food insecurity issues will try to take in as much food as possible without considering the nutritional value of the food they consume. This can also impact their children by leading them to form poor eating habits that will influence their food choices throughout their lives, leading to epidemic proportions of obesity in our at-risk communities. The negative impact is evident in the humanitarian issues as well as the economic issues resulting from this challenge.â€?
2/3 of Nevada School Children live in food insecure households. – CCSD Free or Reduced Meal Program Hunger and Obesity – seems impossible, but in fact it is common. In the Las Vegas Metropolitan area 34.2 percent of children and 60.2 percent of adults are overweight or obese. This is directly correlated to lack of access to and education about healthy nutrientdense fresh foods. – Center for Disease Control Good nutrition is a central part of any obesity prevention effort as healthier diets will positively impact the $71 billion dollar per year medical costs, loss of productivity and loss of life related to poor nutrition and obesity. – U.S. Department of Agriculture
THE SOLUTION Over the past several years, leaders from government entities, non-profits and the private sector have joined forces to better understand the root causes and negative impacts of hunger, and to explore potential strategies to reduce it. The over-arching conclusion of this effort is that progress can be made through collaborative partnerships that weave separate threads together into a single, robust fabric. â€“ Governorâ€™s Council on Food Security
Urban Seed Foundation offers an empowering and valuable hand in this collaborative effort.
HOPE + PROGRESS URBAN SEEDâ€™S PROMISE TO GROW A GREENER FUTURE
In our commitment to provide access to unprecedented technological advancements in growing local food, combined with engaging like-minded organizations who are committed to food access and nutrition education, we commit to the following: engaging families, schools, community members, community leadership laypersons and professionals, corporates and policymakers, to create a SUSTAINABLE and scalable solution as a model for all at-risk communities. While this may be a bold initiative, we see it as our privileged responsibility.
URBAN SEED FOUNDATION ADVANCES A LOCAL SOLUTION TO A GLOBAL PROBLEM.
Donate money one time, for a dedicated initiative, monthly or via an annual endowment for continued support over several years.
Urban Seed Foundation provides local and national corporates an opportunity to collaborate in socially responsible actions that benefit the local community. Our initiatives are tangible and practical with an abundance of hands-on giving opportunities, offering sustainable solutions as well as deep, meaningful human connection. Corporate cash and in-kind sponsorships, and employee volunteer programs, allow your company and your staff to work with students and families in the local community. This is an eye-opening, heartwarming way to make a difference!
Join us in our efforts to create legislature which will encourage government owned land in blighted neighborhoods to become available for use in creating food access for communities in need. Please see our initial endeavor S.B. 429 – and show up to the Senate Meetings to speak on behalf of our bill. Use your voice on matters that matter!
Throughout the year there are various opportunities to volunteer – from registration staff to field staff to event coordination – we encourage you to register as a volunteer at www.urbanseedfoundation.org , or contact us to create a corporate volunteer program which empowers the individual, the corporation and the community.
2017 2018 OUR PLAN
5K2FARM FUNDRAISER + FUN RUN
FARM2TABLE COMMUNITY DINNERS
FRESH FOOD CONVENING
LEGISLATURE + POLICY ADVOCACY
Grow. Local. Access.
Urban Seed Foundation creates a myriad of fun and healthy events to support the fundraising efforts of at-risk schools and communities throughout the valley. Our fundraising dollars are redirected into grants for CCSD public and charter schools, and partner affiliates, who are committed to growing produce on school sites. These programs advance local fresh-food access in food insecure communities while simultaneously implementing a fully approved STEAM curriculum which is administered in the outdoor garden classroom.
Engagement. Nutrition. Education.
The schools and students who benefit from our fundraising partnership learn how to run farmers markets, an afterschool garden club, and harvest parties. They participate in cooking demonstrations while creating educational food related content at the USF Filming Studio. These children learn the journey of fresh food from seed to plate. They bring this knowledge and experience into their homes, and out to their community through structured programs. This is one of the key elements to creating sustainable, self-sufficient communities.
Research. Partnership. Policy.
Our commitment to working with, rather than for, food insecure communities is critical to creating positive change in any neighborhood. In collaboration with UNLV’S Lincy Institute and Three Square Food Bank we are working together in food deserts to hear what the local voice is saying, and respond to meet their actual needs. Our research partnerships highlight key issues that affect public policy and quality-of-life decisions relating to children, seniors, and families in Nevada.
URBAN SEED INC. TODAY
We have three properties that are currently in development from research facilities to our production farms. We are working intimately with top thought leaders in the culinary and hospitality industries, together we consistently develop the freshest products from produce to packaging.
R + D RANCH • Data Collection + Research • Future Product Line Testing [food + technology] • Food Production
MANUFACTURING + SEEDING FACILITY • Local Manufacturing • Local Design Center for ongoing innovation and system advancements. • Germination + Seeding Facilities
LAS VEGAS FARM • Main Las Vegas Production Facility [6 greenhouses] • In Construction • Fall Harvest Schedule
FRESH FOOD ACCESS.
ELIMINATE FOOD DESERTS. ANNMARIE FEILER
4770 WYNN ROAD
LAS VEGAS, NV 89103
Urban Seed Foundation is a component fund of Nevada Community Foundation (EIN 88-0241420), which is a recognized public charity under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Nevada Community Foundation website is www.nevadacf.org
Published on Aug 18, 2017