London farm experiments with more sustainable ‘model of thirds’

Involving local community members can help food producers achieve financial stability

Why It Matters

Local food producers like small-scale nonprofit farms can give back to their communities by selling more affordable produce with a lower carbon footprint than grocery store items that must be shipped. But creating a sustainable revenue stream for these organizations can be a challenge.

A farm in London, Ont. is experimenting with a working model that helps them give back to the community and move towards financial stability. Urban Roots farm says the method, called a “model of thirds,” allows them to balance their business needs with their social mission of community impact. “We’re really trying to strive here to build something more than just a farm to buy food,” said executive director Anna Badillo.

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