Boundless Impact Investing partnered with Sky Vegetables and Farms and Baldor Speciality Foods to host a field trip for impact investors interested in food and agriculture. Participants visited the sites of these two companies to witness first-hand their innovative work in the areas of sustainability and food waste.
Sky Vegetables and Farms develops and operates urban hydroponic rooftop farms as part of its mission to grow fresh and local produce sustainably. It operates an 8,000 sf rooftop farm in the Bronx, and wants to scale their building-integrated agriculture concept to other rooftop farms in New York City and beyond. Sky Veg produces yields 15-20 times greater than soil-based farms using 5-10% of the water and dramatically reduces food miles through local market distribution channels.
Baldor Speciality Foods is the largest produce and speciality foods distributor in the Northeast and the first US wholesaler to completely eliminate organic waste from its production facility. As Director of Food Services and Sustainability Thomas McQuillan created a sustainability initiative called “SparCs” (scraps spelled backwards) to reinvent the way people handle unused food. The revolutionary program has served as a template for other corporations across the country.
Adam Sorota, Manging Partner, Sky Veg
Thomas McQuillan, Director of Food Services Sales and Sustainability, Baldor Speciality Foods