Meet Our fairlife Grant Winners: Triple Threat Mentoring – Urban Farm Project
In January of 2018, we awarded $2500 grants to 5 deserving Chicagoland organizations tackling problems of food access, insecurity, and sustainability. We’re proud to share their stories and support the incredible work they are doing for their communities.
Triple Threat Mentoring – Urban Farm Project
Triple Threat began as a mentoring program focused on sports, academics, and art. In 2015 they embarked on the Urban Farm Project to provide fresh, healthy food to the community, as well as a chance for students to learn about agriculture. The Triple Threat Urban Farm is an indoor, year-round, closed-loop farm in a warehouse donated by the city of Aurora. The farm uses hydroponics to support “grow walls” of vegetables and herbs. The organization provides workshops in the farm and donates the food to over 60 families in the local housing authority.
The fairlife Grant was used to support the Top Healthy Chef competition, a competition between 4 school districts to deliver the best salad recipe. Front-end education was provided to 150+ students, including field trips to the Urban Farm. A mobile grow wall was used in the competition to allow competing students to live harvest their own salad ingredients.