At Village Harvest, we define social sustainability to not only mean caring for our planet, but also the workers that help to bring whole, healthy grains to your door. We make choices that are sensitive to our environment and ethical in the treatment of workers by providing them with a means of healthy living and earning a wage that sustains their family.
We believe in making environmentally and socially responsible choices at every step along our supply chain, to empower the people involved and to generate opportunities for growth and advancement. A core part of the Village Harvest philosophy is to create a positive social impact through our products, as embodied in our motto, “something better starts here”.
This is why we partner with like-minded suppliers who exemplify our values. Together we invest in the strength and health of the communities that are involved in the production of our food. These alliances have resulted in many projects that aim to improve not only the well-being of the communities but also Village Harvest products, so that we can continue to bring you the highest quality rice and grains.
1 RAI FOR 100,000 BAHT
Khon Kaen Province, Thailand
In Thailand we work with our Thai Hom Mali Jasmine Rice supplier and the Chamber of Commerce to educate the farmers based in the Khon Kaen Province on organic growing techniques and rice paddy organization, which leads to larger yields and greater profit.
The 1 Rai for 100,000 Baht program teaches farmers how to adopt organic farming methods, add diversity to their land through livestock and new plant species as well as to better manage their finances. These practices are not only beneficial to the land by reducing the need to add fertilizers or pesticides, they also help to alleviate extreme poverty in the region through increased harvests of organic products with strong consumer demand. Farmers involved in the program are able to realize a better quality of life by achieving higher profits and reducing debt, also allowing them to spend more time with their families. Most recently, Village Harvest made a financial contribution to fund another educational center to extend this program to farmers in other provinces.
Our project in Peru began with a partnership formed in California. Our parent company, Otis McAllister, has worked for many years with an organization called VIDA USA that organizes and distributes donated medical supplies from major Bay Area hospitals to Lima, Peru. Otis McAllister contributes to this effort by funding the shipment of these supplies to the port in Lima.
From there, Village Harvest works with our strategic quinoa partner and supplier to leverage their supply chain and further transport these much needed medical supplies to the poor farming communities outside of Ayacucho, high in the Andes. A local nonprofit called Emergencia Ayacucho redistributes supplies to institutions that need them most, such as Hogar de Ancianos Padre Saturnino, an elderly care home.
CHILDREN OF FAITH ORPHANAGE
The 100 boys and girls that live in the Children of Faith Orphanage located in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India, receive a quality private education, healthcare, clothing, nourishment, and a loving home. A quality education was one of the founding principles of the Orphanage, therefore more than half of the funding goes to providing qualified teachers and furnishing the school rooms. Many of the students have gone on to further their studies in higher education.
At Village Harvest we are also loyal to the communities local to us, which build us up every day. We are lucky to call the Bay Area home and love to give back to the place that has given us so much opportunity. Our employees are encouraged to volunteer at local food banks and soup kitchens. Throughout the year we set up a number of opportunities to give back during work hours. Most recently we spent the morning at the Alameda County Food Bank sorting fresh produce for donation.