Agriculture, by most measures, is the largest activity that humans conduct on Earth. It consumes 70% of available freshwater, it is the main cause of deforestation, it subjugates a land mass the size of South America, fertilizer runoff pollutes waterways and oceans, and the production, packaging and transportation process consumes about a third of fossil fuels. Up to 40% of food is wasted before it reaches market. The current situation is completely unsustainable, and given global population growth in coming decades, there is not enough farmable land to feed these new mouths.
Inevitably in commercial agriculture there is excess food that needs a home.
As of October 20th, 2016 Urbana has donated 1259 pounds of food to Table To Table (tabletotable.org).
Table to Table is a New Jersey community-based food rescue program that collects prepared and perishable food that would otherwise be wasted and delivers it to organizations that serve the hungry in Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Passaic counties. This fresh food is delivered free of charge to more than 85 agencies throughout the area, including elder care facilities, drug rehab centers, homeless shelters, homes for victims of domestic violence, HIV day centers, and pantries serving the working poor.
Urbana is committed to the greater global community and pledges to donate funds to help people afficted by humanitarian crisis. Urbana currently donates to the International Rescue Committee (rescue.org).
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities.
Education and Training
We have partnered with a local training organization, Garden State Urban Farms, to work with individuals with disabilities, veterans, and non-violent ex-offenders. Through GSUF we partner with local universities and high schools to offer internships.
While high tech agriculture is far more efficient, labor is still a major input and living wage jobs have been created as we expand.