Millionair Club Charity Urban Garden Aims To Feed Homeless, Create Jobs

Millionair Club Urban Garden
Millionair Club Urban Garden

A Seattle-based charity has launched an urban farming initiative to build Seattle’s first commercial hydroponic farms.

The program, which was started by Millionair Club Charity [sic], will supply homeless individuals and families with donated fresh produce.

The fully operational hydroponic urban farm doesn’t need large tracks of land to grow quality crops. The first 250-square-foot garden, located in the basement of the Millionair Club Charity, was completed in November.

Lettuces, kale and bok choy are grown using energy efficient LumiGrow LED grow lights and nutrient-rich water. The garden is able to grow about 800 plants per month, which can produce 1,600 bowls of salad per month or 19,200 bowls annually.

While most of the salad greens produced from the garden will be sold commercially to generate revenues, 10 percent will be served in the charity’s meals program and donated to partner nonprofit organizations.

The program is in keeping with the charity’s mission of rebuilding the lives of men and women experiencing unemployment and homelessness in the community.

“We can serve fresh produce year-round to folks experiencing homelessness or unemployment,” says Chris Bajuk of the Millionair Club Charity.

Bajuk is also the owner of UrbanHarvest, a Seattle-based, for-profit urban farming business.
The Millionair Club Charity has partnered with UrbanHarvest to launch the program. Bajuk was hired by the charity to design, build and operate the first farm.

Not only will the urban farm help the organization serve approximately 90,000 meals every year, but it will also create job training and employment opportunities.

Participants of the charity’s jobs program will have access to part- and full-time urban farming jobs that pay a fair wage.

“Being a productive worker requires being well-fed. Our farming program will create job opportunities directly associated with farming,” says Bajuk. “But many more indirect jobs will be created by the cash flows from our farming operations. Those cash flows will be used in our employment program to positively affect the lives of hundreds of people.”

The charity is working to raise funds to expand the program into larger warehouses or greenhouses within Seattle. The long-term vision is to have several commercial urban farms operating that employ workers, feed area food banks and meal programs and sell to restaurants.

For information about the program, contact Chris Bajuk at chrisb@millionairclub.org.

Topics:

Leave a Reply

One comment on “Millionair Club Charity Urban Garden Aims To Feed Homeless, Create Jobs

  1. Dear Sirs
    My name is Pete Pond and I’m with Aeroponics Global Initiatives and we manufacture aeroponic growing equipment. We would like to teach people how to grow vertically without soil, herbicides or pesticides. We have home systems as well as commercial systems that can grow everything from food to flowers, starter plants or all the way to harvest. Please visit our web site at http://www.agifarms.com. You can contact me by phone at (855) 514-1191 or by email at petep@agifarms.com. Thank you
    Sincerely
    Pete Pond

More From Grow Initiative...

March 2, 2015

Avoid Surprises On The Delivery Dock

A call in advance about problems with a plant shipment to a retailer you supply goes a long way toward customer satisfaction.

Read More
Janeen Wright

March 2, 2015

Deliver Plant Quality That Trumps Price [Opinion]

The industry's goal is to have loyal customers who return to the same plants time and time again, not because of price, but owing to a plant brand that shouts top-notch garden performance and is synonymous with excellence, which gives them the secure knowledge that their investment will be worth every hard-earned cent.

Read More
Heuch Pink Fizz_featured

March 2, 2015

Intergeneric Crosses Are A New Perennial Trend

Intergeneric crosses, oddities some botanists say are an impossibility, have made serious inroads in the perennial world.

Read More
Latest Stories
Smart Herb Garden

March 2, 2015

Smartpot Uses Sensors And Cartridges To Ensure Success …

Click & Grow helps make it simple for consumers to grow their own herbs and spices at home, even if they have little experience with plants.

Read More

March 2, 2015

Student Flash Mob At TPIE Has Roots In Floriculture

The local FFA students who entertained TPIE attendees in 2014 and 2015 received industry donations of plants and a greenhouse structure to help expand their horticultural program.

Read More

February 12, 2015

GROW Perspective: What Is It You Do Again?

The industry is very good at talking about what we do and how we do it, but has almost completely lost touch with talking about why this work is important. As an industry, we need to promote our professions as vital to healthier living.

Read More
bee photo

February 11, 2015

26 Ways Growers Improve The Green Industry

In Greenhouse Grower’s annual State Of The Industry Survey, we asked how your operation is living the GROW Initiative’s five pillars: How are you driving consumer success, cultivating new customers, demanding quality, investing in the industry and sharpening business management? Through your candid responses, we learned about some of the ideas you’ve implemented and steps you’re taking for 2015. Here are just a few.

Read More
Noble Foundation

February 3, 2015

Lloyd Noble Scholars Program Application Period Now Ope…

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation is offering college students an opportunity to work side-by-side with the Noble Foundation’s renowned agricultural consultants and researchers through the Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture program, a summer internship that provides students the opportunity to enhance their in-class education with real-world application and experiences.

Read More

January 7, 2015

GROW Summit 2014 Homes In On The Issues That Keep You U…

During Greenhouse Grower’s third annual GROW Summit in December a number of ideas, questions and calls-to-action transpired. Here are a few of the highlights.

Read More
GROW Logo

January 6, 2015

Growers Resolve To Educate Public About Their Operation…

See what growers plan to work on for their 2015 business resolutions.

Read More

December 22, 2014

National Garden Bureau Launches Therapeutic Garden Prog…

National Garden Bureau has chosen the Growing Solutions Farm in Chicago as the first beneficiary of its annual fundraising effort "Growing For Futures."

Read More

December 19, 2014

Hydroponic Food Production Course Serves Up Life Lesson…

Students in the new HORT 331X Hydroponic Food Crop Production course at Iowa State University are producing more food than they can eat, so they began donating the vegetables they produce to a local food pantry and free meal program.

Read More
GROW Logo

December 8, 2014

“The Cheapest Generation” Will Be Tomorrow&…

Members of the Millennial generation aren’t buying cars and houses the way their parents did, and according to a recent article from The Atlantic titled “The Cheapest Generation,” it might be more than an effect of a bad economy. So what does this mean for horticulture? Industry members weigh in.

Read More
Katie Nickolaus

November 25, 2014

Proven Winners Names 2014 Scholarship Winners

Looking to promote industry leaders of the future, Proven Winners has established a $15,000 scholarship program that awards students in three distinct areas - breeding, marketing and growing.

Read More

November 24, 2014

GROW Perspective: We Need To Think Bigger

Garry Grueber of Cultivaris and Global Breadfruit says the horticulture industry must evolve to help solve the problems of world hunger and food insecurity.

Read More

November 13, 2014

NY SunWorks’ Greenhouse Project Aims To Build 100 Labs …

NY SunWork's Greenhouse Project aims to build 100 labs by 2020. With 15 greenhouse project labs built and 11 more in development, it’s on its way to reaching that goal.

Read More

November 4, 2014

Millennials Rank Gardening Among Top 5 Leisure Activiti…

United Kingdom consumers, aged 25 to 35, have rated gardening as a top five favorite leisure activity.

Read More
Ken Altman

October 27, 2014

GROW Perspective: Why I Give Back To The Industry

Ken Altman of Altman Plants knows a thing or two about the green industry, including the importance of contributing to the industry he loves.

Read More

October 21, 2014

Plants, Gardens Of The Future Will Be Radically Differe…

Over the next 20 to 30 years, Garry Grueber of Cultivaris and Global Breadfruit says the horticulture industry will need to address such issues as population growth, feeding a hungry world, less availability of water and land resources, rampant climate change and increased focus on the environment and sustainability.

Read More

October 13, 2014

Costa Farms Celebrates Indoor Plant Week With A College…

Cost Farms kicks off 2014 Indoor Plant Week by sharing plants with college students amid song and dance.

Read More

October 7, 2014

Ohio State Horticulture Senior Receives Prestigious Shi…

Amy Miller, a senior majoring in horticulture at The Ohio State University, is the recipient of the 2014-15 Shinoda Scholar of the Year award.

Read More