How the UCF Began:
When we had just got the idea of the UCF, as seen in this 2013 article or in this 2015 Release, our goal was to get 50 – 100 acres; develop a large community farm where we could work with hundreds of fellow poor farmers to grow food, transfer new skills and market our produce under a single umbrella. Back then, our founder Anthony was reeling from absolute poverty and had no land. No other local farmer could offer land for the UCF either. Anthony thought he could secure the needed land via a fundraiser.
After failing to secure the 50-100 acres, and securing only 12 acres instead, we had to change our originally envisaged business model, but kept the “community farm” name. Our goal, too, remained the same: working with many fellow poor farmers to produce specific crops that we could pool and market together, to access better markets. That is the UCF’s goal even today. Many of the farmers we work with are chronically poor, and can’t get started on their own. So, the UCF also provides direct support to the farmers we work with. To learn about our business model, see the “About Us” page.