Grown by Freight Farms CSA launches at WeWork Boston
Great things happen when the leader in co-working space teams up with the innovators of sustainable urban container farming. July 8th, 2019 marked the kick-off of a new community partnership between WeWork Boston and Freight Farms: WeWork now offers Boston members the ability to sign up for a year-round CSA share of fresh produce, delivered weekly.
WeWork’s decision to introduce a Freight Farms CSA program follows the growth of health and wellness offerings in offices around the country. When surveyed, 66 percent of Human Resources managers reported that their companies increased health and wellness offerings over the past five years to better cater to their employees’ interests.
Similarly, WeWork aims to actively support its entrepreneurial member communities. Access to fresh food is essential to help workers achieve higher job performance and better engagement with their team. Representative of its commitment to power the future of food, WeWork’s partnership with Freight Farms is another way the company aims to encourage people to approach food with a health and sustainability mindset healthfully and sustainably.
WeWork–highly attuned to the needs of its community–understands the importance of making access to fresh food easy. Grown is the simplest way to bring hyper-local food to businesses, organizations, and institutions. Leveraging the most advanced hydroponic vertical farming technology into existing food or employee benefit programs, Grown drastically reduces food miles, promotes health and wellness, drives innovation within organizational communities and (most importantly) brings fresh and local food directly to the people who want it.
How the WeWork program works
A Freight Farms-trained operator manages the WeWork farm from top to bottom, harvests and packages a variety of greens every week into individual share boxes, and delivers them to four select WeWork Boston locations same-day. Time between harvest and delivery is hours, not days, so subscribers are getting the freshest greens possible: this hyper-local supply chain maximizes freshness, flavor, nutrient density, and shelf life back at home.
Grown is not only delivering greens harvested the same day, but by growing indoors, we’re able to give WeWork subscribers access to summer greens all year round, even at winter’s worst. The Greenery–a thriving hydroponic vertical container farm–grows a variety of leafy greens, vegetables, and colorful edible flowers 365 days a year, regardless of Boston weather. Freight Farms is able to accomplish all this using 95% less water than traditional agriculture thanks to smart water-saving features.
Availability: The program is initially available to WeWork members located at the Arch Street, St. James, Atlantic Ave., and Mass Ave. locations, with the goal to roll out the program to the rest of WeWork’s Boston community by year-end and beyond. Members at these four locations can sign up on the WeWork Services Store here.
Launch: Weekly deliveries from Freight Farms to WeWork subscribers started July 9th.
Subscription: CSA shares will be $50/monthly ($12.50/week) for 6-month program increments. Shares will be delivered to WeWork offices for convenient pick-up each week.
Fresh produce: Shares will include a variety of leafy greens, root vegetables, and edible flowers, and subscriber feedback will be incorporated into the grow schedule so the shares incorporate produce the subscribers want to see over time.