Babylon Micro-Farms announces their partnership with Aramark, a company in food, facilities, and uniform services - as well as a selection of the universities Aramark works with, including Virginia Commonwealth University, University of South Carolina, Lander University, and Western Carolina University.
Aramark will be installing one or two Babylon micro-farms at each university campus, serving over 90,000 students in total. Each university plans on using Babylon Micro-Farms to increase student engagement, with activities such as having students take ownership of a row of plants within the farm, sharing recipes with students that will incorporate the farm, and educating the students on what the micro-farms and their impact are.
Matt Rogers, Aramark’s Vice President of Growth states, ”We are extremely excited to be able to partner with Babylon Micro-Farms at VCU and many other campuses in the near future. In addition, with Babylon’s new headquarters located in downtown Richmond, we see several great partnerships being fostered at VCU and beyond from this connectivity.”
The partnership bodes well specifically for Babylon Micro-Farms and VCU, as they share the common initiative of sustainability and providing locally sourced options to the people they serve. Promising locally sourced initiatives in more ways than one, VCU chose Babylon Micro-Farms as a partner as they are close to each other, both being headquartered in the same city of Richmond, Virginia. Additionally, VCU is providing its students with locally sourced food through the Babylon micro-farms that are installed on campus.
Working closely with VCU, Resident District Manager Pam Neff shares, “Aside from the beauty Babylon Micro-Farms brings to our facilities, we are thrilled to have a local partnership that allows us to continue on a path towards greater sustainability at Virginia Commonwealth University. Our students appreciate the emphasis that Babylon Farm brings to healthy eating.”
“We are working towards a healthier future for how food is grown,” shares Babylon Micro-Farms CEO, Alexander Olesen.