Introducing the Planet to Plate newsletter
We are living in extraordinary times. While Planet to Plate is excited to bring you news regarding our work, we must first acknowledge that this is a very difficult period for many people—especially our fellow workers in the food and beverage industry.
Our team will continue to support local food businesses and local farmers as much as possible, and we hope you will join us in doing the same. Our commitment to fostering food security, community-focused urban agriculture, and green infrastructure is unwavering.
We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy, and that you remain so in the weeks ahead.
Every month, we’re going to bring you a digest of the latest updates from our transparent, dynamic organization. Join us as we reimagine what sustainable, community-focused urban development can mean for access to fresh, healthy food.
In this issue, we’re introducing ourselves and our exciting Food Tech Incubator project in Milwaukee.
What drives us—a new vision for greening urban spaces
“How can a real estate developer make a positive difference in a community?” This is the question that we’re exploring every day. That’s why Planet to Plate is committed to development work that brings together green infrastructure, job creation, project-based learning, and food security. We believe vertically integrated businesses can foster a more symbiotic community.
Our first project—the Milwaukee Food Tech Incubator in the Near West Side—is like a beacon shining into the unknown of urban development opportunities: we’re creating an entire ecosystem aimed at improving access to fresh, healthy food, by bringing together for-profit local food businesses under one roof, in partnership with local non-profits and the surrounding neighborhood:
- Read more about Planet to Plate’s vision: “Urban farm proposed on Milwaukee's west side, with goal of growing businesses, job training”
- Listen to a stimulating podcast episode about sustainable development in Milwaukee: “MBJ’s Sean Ryan talks with Keith Stanley, Executive Director of the Near West Side Partners, about the growing activity in his section of the community, particularly along 27th Street”
What’s on our plate—introducing Fork Farms
In order to bring this symbiotic network to life, we’re starting where life starts: with the seed. Thus, we are proud to announce that we will partner with the Food Tech Incubator’s anchor tenant, Fork Farms, to create a healthier food supply chain in Milwaukee. Fork Farms will grow delicious, pesticide-free greens year-round in a high-tech, indoor, vertical farm.
By supplying local customers with locally grown healthy foods, Fork Farms will help bring us one step closer toward a greener Milwaukee. Customers buying fresh leafy greens and herbs—grown right in the heart of the city using cutting-edge technologies—will see this neighborhood engaged in primary production and resilience planning, opening the door for more businesses to come.
Key takeaway: We’re able to supply superior products, because our growing method is hyperlocal, transparent, and safe. Freshness is the new gold standard in food, and it doesn’t get fresher than Fork Farms.
More news—from the desk of CEO Chris Corkery
- Our zoning is approved! – Planet to Plate received unanimous approval for our special use permits from Milwaukee’s Board of Zoning Appeals, granting us an unprecedented 20-year permit! We’d like to thank Davis | Kuelthau Attorneys and the Near West Side Partnership for their tremendous support in this process.
- Key customer partnerships – With the announcement of Fork Farms, we’ve hit the ground running with tremendous interest in our reliable supply of hyperlocal produce. We are currently in conversations with Milwaukee Public Schools and other key institutional customers in education, healthcare, and hospitality, as well as with established local supply-chain partners.
- Opportunities in the opportunity zone – Planet to Plate is an end-to-end social impact developer, specializing in Opportunity Zone revitalization, in partnership with Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOF). Investing in our Qualified Opportunity Fund program offers long-term investors the potential for better returns compared to traditional investment paths. Planet to Plate achieves these returns by promoting sustainable development that drives greater appreciation in the value of lower-income communities.
- Learn more about Opportunity Zones: ”Wisconsin Could Be First State To Expand Opportunity Zone Tax Incentives”