Uproot Urban Farms, eyes urban farming in improving the lives of low-income households through additional livelihood and protecting the environment.
Based on the report from Business World, Uproot, the social enterprise, launched Corporate2Cultivate (C2C) program earlier this year. The said program bridges communities to various markets and businesses.
Moreover, urban farming are being taught in communities. This does not only aim to provide for household’s consumption but can also serve as an extra income for families through selling the fresh produce.
“C2C engages socially-aware corporations to provide their employees access to our healthy vegetable subscription, improving workplace nutrition and creating a circular economy where everybody you, the consumers, our communities, and the environment win,” Robi F. Del Rosario, owner of Uproot, said.
Accordingly, the enterprise offers three types of bayong (market basket). The bahay kubo bayong with 8-10 seasonal crops; heirloom bayong with lettuce, kale, cherry tomatoes, and zucchini; and lastly, the juice bayong which is composed of carrots, cucumber, kiwi, lemon, kale/swiss chard, and sugar beets.
Del Rosario mentioned in the report of Business World that they have helped improve the earnings of our partner growers from zero to an average of 6,000 per month working for 4-5 hours per day from planting the seeds, transplanting, checking of the aquaponic system water parameters, harvesting, sorting, and packing.
Improving Lives through Protecting the Environment
At present, Uproot delivered 80 kilos of harvest per week. Also, the group engaged three local communities and two farmer cooperatives in CALABARZON.
Apart from eliminating poverty, the program also seek in improving lives through protecting the environment. Vegetable packagings are made from banana leaves. Through these, using over 5,000 pieces of single-use plastic were already prevented.
Further, Uproot started in 2016 at Rizal. It is one of the winners of the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) Hackathon for Food Security and Poverty Alleviation.
There are four companies and 232 customers team up with Uproot in developing urban farming under the C2C program.