As part of our Hunger Relief Program in Dallas, employees partnered with Restorative Farms to address food insecurity and food deserts – areas where fresh, affordable food is difficult to access.
Founded in 2016, Restorative Farms aims to foster a community-based agriculture system in South Dallas, providing jobs, entrepreneurial training, economic investment, as well as a source of fresh, healthy, and affordable food for the community.
Restorative Farm’s primary activity is producing seedlings and distributing “GroBoxes” – backyard vegetable gardens in a box, similar in spirit to the “Victory Gardens” popular during World War I and World War II.
In 2020, Kosmos launched a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program with Restorative Farms. Employees subscribed to receive weekly packages of fresh produce from local urban farmers, thus creating a market for produce and allowing for scalable production. Employees also volunteered alongside Restorative Farms, helping to create GroBoxes and prepare for planting.
In 2021, Kosmos is expanding the CSA program, helping local growers continue to scale. We are also purchasing and donating GroBoxes to provide easily accessible produce in food deserts and contribute to community resiliency – an ongoing need in South Dallas. Lastly, we are helping Restorative Farms to add new growers into the system and provide ongoing support for existing growers to increase profitability.