We've talked a lot about how fresh and safe our lettuce will be. It won't be long before you all will have the chance to see for yourself.
However, we haven't talked much about our staff and how we will take care of them.
Without a doubt, folks who work at Urban Fresh Farms will work hard. Growers make judgments about what plants need and when plants are ready to harvest. Growers must be vigilant, aware of the state of the plants, of the water and nutrients that feed them, of the growing units, of the surroundings. Awareness will keep our product safe, healthy, and consistent.
Most importantly, growers at Urban Fresh Farms will be learning a craft that could end food deserts while saving water and making money.
And they will be paid a living wage to do it.
Part of our business model is to sustain our work force by paying them what they deserve. We ask for vigilance and hard work from our staff, and we want them to feel loyal. We work with staff to schedule their working hours within the context of busy lives.
Everyone will be expected to attend a Food Safety Meeting every Thursday morning at 9:00--every week. Otherwise, scheduling will be worker-considerate: Urban Fresh Farms will need alert growers around the clock. Plants need pretty constant care.
Money is important--without a doubt--but the main way we are creating sustainable livelihoods at Urban Fresh Farms is by empowering our staff to become a part of the Vision:
Keep following us to find out more!
Google "The State Urban Fresh Farms," and check out the results. Then check out the article about Urban Fresh Farms in The State newspaper!
This is such an exciting time to be part of the growth and life in Columbia, SC!
Mark your calendars. We will be opening our doors this summer.
We've been waiting for today's meeting for some time, and we are not the only ones who have been. Check out this article from Columbia's Free Times newspaper: Zoning Board to Consider Downtown Hydroponic Farm. (Spoiler Alert: They approved it! Now our adventure of bringing fresh, leafy greens to Columbia will begin in earnest!)