Mission Driven Community Supported Agriculture
Our FOUR-FOLD Mission
WHO IT HELPS
Rise Garden’s story starts with Switchpoint’s Mission to empower those in need by addressing the underlying cause of poverty; providing a comprehensive plan, supporting their journey to self-sufficiency. Learn more about Switchpoint at www.SwitchpointCRC.Org
Nutrition – A Barrier to Self-sufficiency:
Our homeless resource center clients, living in poverty, find themselves regularly dining on dollar menu items and inexpensive nutrient absent foods resulting in neurological behavioral disabilities & nutrition-related health issues which are a barrier to becoming self-sufficient. Purchasing high quality nutrient dense greens that would contribute to their health has not been an option because of cost and availability.
Our Shared Community Challenge:
Our local supply of farmland and fresh water in Southern Utah is growing scarcer as our population soars. Without pursuing more efficient and sustainable farming methods we are at high risk of facing food and water shortages. Even our local community members that can afford quality produce must deal with the fact that we live in a food desert where most of our produce arrives at supermarkets 5-7 days after harvest, having traveled 100’s of miles, losing vital nutrition and freshness along the way. The demand for “locally grown” far exceeds supply as 97% of the produce we consume annually is imported from out of state.
High Startup Cost Barrier Resolved:
With its innovative approach to all the barriers faced, Switchpoint presented its well-researched and documented solution to The Community Foundation of Utah. In early 2021 Switchpoint was awarded a grant to help purchase the materials needed to construct an Aeroponic Tower Garden Farm on our existing campus, removing startup cost as a barrier.
Covering Ongoing Operating Cost:
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
A CSA is unique in that the consumers choose to share in the farm experience.
As Community Support is vital to cover ongoing operating expenses, 80% of each harvest will be offered for community purchase, making it possible for 20% to be used to feed our resource center clients.
Rise "Aeroponic Tower” Garden Advantages
– No having to sort through bulk purchases to discard discolored, disfigured or rotten produce as it’s fresh & vibrant when picked up.
We are conserving water, land and creating minimal carbon footprint. It is as local as you can get. Our aeroponic technology uses up to 95% less water than conventional farming while requiring 75% to 90% less space! Our 100% natural agricultural approach ranks amongst one of the most eco-friendly food production systems, yet delivers 10 times the yield (in one harvest) compared to traditional farming. Harvesting happens every 25-30 days.