Lettuce wins Greater Austin Business Award for growing local organic food that reduces the Central Texas carbon footprint
The urban agriculture movement is playing an important role in food security globally. One local company, Lettuce, is utilizing this movement to provide organically grown and nutritious food for all Central Texans.
Serving as an urban farming and food distribution network, Lettuce harvests and delivers the food it grows throughout the Austin region in zero-waste container bags. Once delivered to participants of their program, the bags are used as compost bins for a week and returned to Lettuce where they get sanitized and reused. This reduction in the amount of packaging material going into the landfills (plastic/paper bags, packaging, ice-packs, boxes, and so on) helps reduce the carbon footprint of Austinites.
“As our region continues to grow, it is more crucial than ever to ensure that families and adults are more aware of their environment and health,” said Yogesh Sharma, Co-Founder, and CEO of Lettuce. “Urban farming is not only sustainable, it is educational, and it is affordable. It is the one convenient way to ensure that all residents have access to quality and healthy produce while reducing our waste imprint on the environment.”
Due to their efforts, Lettuce won the Brookfield Environmental Friendly Award. The accolade – a category of the Greater Austin Business Awards program – recognizes businesses that demonstrate a commitment to environmentally sound practices.
Lettuce offers more than 23 urban farms throughout the Central Texas region. Farms span from North Lamar to Southeast Austin and Sunset Valley to Manor. Each farm produces enough food to feed 200-300 families.
Residents interested in joining or participating in Lettuce programs will receive composing service, produce box delivery, meal kit deliveries (omnivore and vegetarian), on-demand bulk produce deliveries and workshops including gardening classes.
Lettuce delivers in the greater Austin metropolitan area including Round Rock, Pflugerville, and Cedar Park.
For more information on Lettuce, visit their website here.
Pictured (left to right): Ellen Wood, Chair of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce; Justin Murrill, Senior Manager of Corporate Responsibility of AMD; Hal Roberts of Lettuce Networks; Yogesh Sharma of Lettuce Networks; Bob Gregory, Co-Owner, President, and CEO of Texas Disposal Systems; Phyllis Snodgrass, CEO of Austin Habitat for Humanity; Amanda Castroverde of TreeHouse; TreeHouse team; Rachel Podhorn of Treehouse; and Jessica King of Brookfield Residential.
Photo Credit: @lettucenetworks
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