We are committed to addressing the challenge of urban food deserts by transforming them into local food-producing urban ecosystems. These ecosystems empower people, local economy and food based education. We inspire a lively food culture and create a sustainable model for at-risk urban communities. The pillars of our work are food access, nutrition education and advocating for urban agriculture legislation.
Urban Seed Foundation is working to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions. We support community sustainability by advocating for consistent access to locally grown produce. In partnership with like-minded local organizations we create solutions which include improving food environments, and causing food access hubs to develop in at-risk neighborhoods. A hub may be a school garden, a pop-up community farmers market, a fresh-food bank, a fresh-food delivery service to partner agencies and human services organizations.
Urban Seed Foundation is in service to our community members from the pre-natal stage through high school, and beyond. Our systematic and scalable approach to ending food deserts involves causing a critical change in what people know, the way people think, and the choices people make with regard to fresh food. We create a sustainable lively food culture with at-risk neighborhoods in Las Vegas - and in doing so we create a powerful and collaborative model for urban communities to actually transform their food deserts into thriving food accessible communities.
Student and individual benefits include education and experience in conserving natural resources; elevating personal health and nutrition; personal empowerment and responsibility. Curriculum relating to our programs is designed to encourage and cultivate the next generation of the agricultural industry; and to promote increased public health and well being. Community benefits include community-member comraderie; capacity-building of community organizations and coalitions; fostering economic impact; increased foot-traffic in urban neighborhoods; cultivate local, citywide, statewide and global sustainability and prosperity.
Urban Seed Foundation’s launch is at an auspicious time in the farming industry. Our emergence into the Las Vegas scene is well coordinated with highly technological advancements in smart-farming. We are fortunate to have a committed long term partnership with technology company and smart-farmer, Urban Seed Inc. (www.UrbanSeedInc.com), Las Vegas’ revolutionary provider of locally sourced, aeroponically grown nutrient-dense produce. For the first time in history, an abundant volume of nutrient dense produce will be grown right in the heart of the city. Urban Seed Foundation's internship curriculum is currently in development with our partners at Urban Seed Inc, and Urban Seed Technology.
Annmarie Feiler | Urban Seed Foundation sits on the Governor's Council on Food Security for the State of Nevada. Governor Brian Sandoval issued an Executive Order on February 12, 2014 establishing the Governor's Council on Food Security within the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Food Security. The Council was created to implement the goals of Food Security in Nevada: Nevada's Plan for Action and effectively improve the quality of life and health of Nevadans by increasing food security throughout the State.
A Community Needs Assessment published in 2012 by the Grants Management Unit identified hunger and access to food as a top priority across the State of Nevada. To address this issue, a steering committee comprised of representatives from several State departments and the food safety network was convened to develop a strategic plan with goals and objectives intended to increase food security in Nevada. The Office of Food Security was created within the Director's Office of the Department of Health and Human Services to provide leadership in attaining the goals identified in the strategic plan.
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A seasoned professional and experienced leader with a proven ability to strategically design and implement successful departmental structure for world class hospitality providers for over 20 years. Her highly innovative fundraising and strategic planning methods place an emphasis on community collaboration. Annmarie is currently directing her passion into establishing and growing Urban Seed Foundation, creating sustainable solutions for healthy communities.
Rachel Wenman is a proud native of Las Vegas, thriving entrepreneur and leader in the community. Her reputation started at The Palms Hotel and Casino where she earned a significant following in nightlife and hospitality circles, at the time crowning her one of Vegas’ most successful nightlife marketers. She received many accolades and notoriety over the past 10 years for her expertise in marketing and relationship building. She has been involved in developing brands and companies in industries such as restaurants, hotel/casinos, real estate, philanthropy and technology. Rachel is currently the Vice President + Co-Chairman of Business Advisory Board for Urban Seed Inc.
Keith has an extensive background in mechanical engineering having worked with major corporations such as Boeing, Northrup, Nasa, Raytheon and McDonald Douglas. Mr. Bell now owns and operates two companies. One company is engaged in the design and manufacturing of specialized, environmentally- controlled containers to house satellites and ﬂight hardware. The other company specializes in plastics and composite materials molding. Keith has studied and developed new technologies in lighting and grow systems for the produce industry. Keith is Chief Operating Officer + President of Urban Seed Technology Inc.
Vice President Urban Seed Inc. | Culinary Advisory Board
Jolene has operated in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years in positions rangig from Captain at Commander's Palace, to creator of culinary events and television shows including Back of House Brawl andLate Night Chef Fight on A&E's FYI Network. As Culinary Advisory Board Chairperson Jolene brings her unique talent to the team, Jolene brings her deep rooted relationships in the Las Vegas culinary scene to Urban Seed Foundation's outreach. Many of these relationships make our cooking demonstrations and nutriton education programs community wide events you won't want to miss!
Vice President Marketing | Urban Seed Inc.
Jared Krulewitz is a proud Las Vegas native who has a passion for farming and philanthropy. With his background in Civil Engineering and combined it with his love for marketing and brand storytelling. This powerful union of logic and creativity makes Jared's contribution to Urban Seed Foundation invaluable.
Nicole is a brilliant mind a committed humanitarian for all people. She has earned her undergraduate degree from UNLV in Human Services Counseling and her master’s degree from UNLV in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. A Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), a Clinical Professional Counselor Intern (CPC-I), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC), Nicole has spent many hours in the service of enriching humanity, especially where at-risk circumstances are present. Her vast knowledge of mental health, with a committed focus on wellness and success, are an asset to all of Urban Seed Foundation's planning and programming throughout the year.
Nicole is an instructor in the Counselor Education Department at UNLV, and has worked in both the non-profit and private practice settings. She has specialized training in mentorship work with women, adolescents, and children. And in her spare time, she volunteer as a teen and adult personal development life coach.
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
Safe-Talk (Trained Suicide Alert Helper)
The Rape Crisis Center - Advocacy Training
Child Assault Prevention Training
Crisis Prevention Institute Training
Parts & Memory Therapy Mentorship
A pioneer of world cuisine since the creation of City Café and CITY Restaurant in Los Angeles in the 1980s, Mary Sue is most notably recognized as a preeminent ambassador of modern Mexican cuisine with her Border Grill Restaurants (Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles, LAX, Las Vegas) and Trucks. Mary Sue is proud to have been selected to serve the U. S. State Department as a member of the American Chef Corps, furthering the industry’s role in diplomatic affairs. Mary Sue spends the majority of her time thinking about food and cooks 7 days a week, whether at one of her Border Grill restaurants, Border Grill Truck or at home with her two sons and husband, architect Josh Schweitzer.
Urban Seed Foundation is a component fund of Nevada Community Foundation (EIN 88-0241420), a recognized public charity under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. USF's official Governing Board is the Board of the Nevada Community Foundation.
410 S Rampart Blvd #390, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | Contact Jane Ramos | 702-893-2326 | www.nevadacf.org