Our first Sydney-based Food Ladder greenhouse is now up and running
Resimac recently partnered with not-for-profit Food Ladder to support its mission of providing horticulture, food security and nutritional education to schools in remote, regional and disadvantaged communities.
As part of this partnership, Resimac is working with Food Ladder to roll out hydroponic greenhouses in schools throughout Australia. The first greenhouse launched in Queensland towards the end of 2021. This month saw the second greenhouse built with the help of Resimac volunteers in a primary school in Merrylands, Sydney.
Teaching healthy habits from a young age is one of the avenues that Food Ladder is pursuing to achieve its goal. Food Ladder’s School System range of growing systems combine a climate-controlled hydroponic greenhouse with STEM-aligned educational resources that teach children about horticulture, nutrition and commercial enterprise.
Each hydroponic greenhouse sees plants grown in a solution of water and nutrients to accelerate their growth, and are five times more productive than traditional farming methods when operating at full capacity.
Scott McWilliam, CEO of Resimac, said the primary schools project formed a key part of the 'social' factor within Resimac's ESG framework.
"Food Ladder's vision of empowering communities with the tools to stop hunger and malnourishment, using Australian research, innovation and design, is truly inspirational. We are honoured to be one of a select few organisations that Food Ladder has chosen to partner with to help bring this dream to life.
"The next generation of Australians face a number of challenges, but none more fundamental than food security and malnutrition. We want to help set our kids up for success in the future and give them the tools to be able to make better choices, which means a holistic approach that focuses on both healthy bodies and healthy minds," said Mr McWilliam.