24: Ryan Kuck

Show Notes

  • Ryan Kuck is the Executive Director of Greensgrow, a Philadelphia CSA, and agricultural-community-hub
    • CSA stands for community supported agriculture
  • Greensgrow is a nonprofit, but they operate under social entrepreneurship principles, so the majority of their funding is self-generating and doesn't come from grants
  • Some of their offerings:
    • Self-guided tours
    • Farm share programs (creating a solid, local supply chain and connecting customers with farms)
    • Demonstrations
    • Workshops and other events
    • and much more
  • Greensgrow operated as a for-profit hydroponic lettuce farm for its first two years
  • They differentiate themselves from other CSAs in several ways:
    • Greensgrow offers a wide variety of services, which most CSAs don't
    • They also "put people in gardens" as Ryan puts it - many community gardens are very guarded and if you're not a member, you have no access, but Greensgrow feels they have a responsibility to use their land to give back to the community
    • They also act as a connector of customers and local farms, emboldening the local economy and improving the strength of the supply chain
  • Ryan mentioned Greensgrow abides by social entrepreneurship principles
    • It boils down to using business for social benefit
    • For example, the often mentioned triple-bottom-line mentality
  • Greensgrow's next step is continuing to explore new avenues for redefining urban farming and setting the standards
    • They just opened a satellite location in West Philly
  • To get involved:
    • Join their farm-share program to get awesome produce, proteins, milk, bread and more from local farms
    • Volunteer
    • Walk around their space to get inspired