Most poverty and development scientists hypothesize that we grow enough food to feed the entire world. But then why is 13% of the world population undernourished? Two reasons: Coordination Failures, and Food Waste. Between 1/3 and 1/2 of all food grown, ends up wasted. Yet, there is progress on the farming side of the issue, and now more farmers are donating food to local food banks and charities if they cannot sell it. At Merchant's Garden we work closely with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, and always try to donate product that otherwise would be wasted. The Community Food Bank is incredibly easy to work with, and takes care of the Coordination Failures that occur surrounding getting food to the people who need it most. If you have food to donate, or have a little extra time to help out, check out their website: http://www.communityfoodbank.org/
The ultimate goal of Merchant's Garden is to make fresh food afford and
accessible, and fill in the gaps of leafy-green production in Southern Arizona. We pride ourselves on our incredibly low “food-mile,” which is considered the number of miles it takes food to get to the plate where it will be eaten. The national average food-mile is 1,500 miles per meal, yet because Merchant’s Garden is an urban greenhouse, our food-mile is approximately 3.6 miles. Not only does decreasing food miles help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it also ensures that the food is fresher and actually more nutrient dense because it was harvested the day it was delivered.