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Unilever Grows U.S. Urban Farming Commitment with New Mission-Based Brand

Growing Roots, an organic, plant-based food brand, will donate half of all profits to support Unilever’s urban farming partnerships

Press Release
Unilever United States, Inc.
Mar 06, 2018

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Unilever announced today the expansion of its U.S. urban farming efforts with the launch of Growing Roots, a new organic, plant-based food brand that will support urban farming with every purchase. The brand builds on Unilever’s multiyear commitment to urban farming initiatives, which establishes and funds partnerships to unlock access to fresh foods and nutrition education in communities across the country.

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Philippines: City launches urban gardening project

Cagayan: The City Government launched the fourth phase of the Urban Container Household Gardening (UCHG), an inter-agency effort aimed at adopting organic farming methods in urban areas.

By Pamela Jay Orias
Sunstar
Feb 28, 2018

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The relaunched project now targets some 400 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of barangays 1 to 40, Camaman-an, Consolacion, Macabalan, and Nazareth.

The program urges residents to plant vegetables in their backyard. The city has allocated P400,000 for the project.

This time, the city has tapped the Technical Education and Skills Authority (Tesda), Department of Education (DepEd), and the Ayala Foundation, among others to help train the beneficiaries on household waste segregation, and how these can be actually used for their gardening.

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Social entrepreneur sprouts urban farming program to help inner city children live healthier lives in Charlotte, North Carolina

From left: Ryan Dunn with Earnest Porter and Aliya Hillian in the greenhouse at the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA in Atlanta. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Dunn)

“You see these kids going to school every day with a [soda and candy] bar and then they couldn’t sit still,” Dunn said. “They’d be full of sugar or hungry, and have a bad attitude or make bad decisions relating to others, and not understand why.”

By American Heart Association News
Feb 28, 2018

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Dunn cofounded the nonprofit Next Generation Youth Center in 2013, a mentoring program serving kids on probation, and arranged for each to get a box of food from the food bank where the program met. He now works as an urban agriculture consultant, offering programs for students and community groups.

He said his lessons are rooted in the science of farming with the goal of producing healthy food-producing plants, but serve as allegory for the bigger life lessons of patience, perseverance and the importance of overall health and nutrition.

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