As EARTH University comes into its fourth decade, we are eager to create new and lasting par tnerships with like-minded corporations who will suppor t and encourage our students to be global leaders and agents of change. We have a long history of strong par tnerships with companies who have suppor ted funding for our student scholarships, provided internship oppor tunities for our students, job oppor tunities for our graduates and more!
Cummins is a significant funder for EARTH. They have provided an endowed scholarship fund which has suppor ted 24 students with full scholarships since 2011.
In addition, Cummins provides support for two professors annually through an endowed professorship. In addition, a former senior Cummins executive Cummins is a significant funder for EARTH.
They have provided an endowed scholarship fund which has suppor ted 24 students with full scholarships since 2011. In addition, Cummins provides suppor t for two professors annually through an endowed professorship. In addition, a former senior Cummins executive ser ves as a member of the EARTH University Board of Directors and formerly with the EARTH University Foundation Board of Trustees. Cummins’ government relations team in Washington, D.C . helped the university build relationships with government officials from around the world. In addition, a number of Cummins leaders have assisted with projects designed to help EARTH create a long-term strategic financial plan, to improve the operating efficiency of its business ventures and to better assess the impact its graduates have on their communities. Cummins employees have worked with EARTH to explore possible commercial markets for the “smar t microbes” mixtures that are developed from recycled animal waste and which can be used to repel insects on livestock, fight fungus on plants and even be conver ted into a cleaning solution to reduce odor in livestock barns. Finally, Cummins was a major par ticipant in the university’s “EARTH Plants the Future” program in 2010 planting 100,000 trees, including 33,000 on EARTH’s main campus.
Since 2011, EARTH has collaborated with the Mastercard Foundation in its ambitious goal to enable 30 million young people in Africa, especially young women and young people from refugee communities
to secure dignified and fulfilling work. Increased and more equitable access to high quality tertiary education is crucial to achieving this goal, and EARTH and the Mastercard Foundation agree that agriculture will play a central role in the social and economic transformation of the African continent.EARTH is uniquely qualified to partner with the Mastercard Foundation in this program, as EARTH’s holistic approach to preparing young leaders for the sector touches on all aspects of the sustainable agricultural value chain as well as emphasizing the critical role of entrepreneurship. By 2028, the Mastercard Foundation will have supported 370 full scholarships at EARTH University, for young leaders from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. As the partnership continues, the components of the collaboration grow. An exciting new initiative in our partnership is a Fellowship Program, developed to enhance and facilitate the transition of African graduates to the world of work and entrepreneurship in their countries and communities of origin. Another new initiative is the development of a series of online resources, focused on entrepreneurship, to benefit EARTH graduates and others.
The bananas produced at EARTH University’s commercial plantation on campus are classified by Whole Foods Market as “best” in the supermarket chain’s Responsibly Grown produce rating system.
The rating system divides fruits, flowers and vegetables into three categories: Good, Better and Best, based on the supplier’s farming practices.According to Whole Foods Market, a “best” rating indicates “exceptional, industry-leading performance in a scorings system covering multiple topics in each of these key categories:
- Pest management
- Farmworker welfare
- Air, energy & climate
- Waste reduction
- GMO transparency
- Water conservation & protection
- Ecosystems & biodiversity
- Enhancing soil health
General manager of EARTH University’s commercial banana operation, Roger Ruiz states, “We are proud of this recognition.” He goes on to explain, “In the banana plantation, our sustainable production practices and social responsibility differentiate us from the rest of the market…We produce bananas in harmony with the environment and our produce is carbon neutral.”
EARTH bananas are distributed in the US and UK. The income earned from EARTH bananas is used to provide scholarships for EARTH’s young leaders.