The Vision - The Mission - The Why

OUR VISION is to further the innovation in urban agriculture by creating greater accessibility to resources and capital to sprout a progressive and sustainable business community.

OUR MISSION is to provide the community with affordable, locally grown, natural produce; to build careers; and to raise awareness of healthy food choices.

WHY? We don't need to "feed the world." We believe the world can feed itself, when we unite for local food.

Why We're Here

Red Giant Union was established in 2013 in Lafayette, IN by Austin Kasso. Over the years, we have become one of the most trusted and effective Public Charities, working hard to build and improve local food systems. We are entrepreneurs united on a mission to resolve the world food crisis. Here you may learn more about our causes and how you can make a difference.

We say, "front lines of the farming revolution" to express our vision and passion for a greener future in the face of adversity. We are here to inspire, build, strengthen, and sustain our future.

We're here, with many others on the front lines of our movement, to prove we don't need to "feed the world" but rather the world can "feed itself!" And this is how! Hydroponics! Aeroponics! Aquaponics! Permaculture! Urban Agriculture!

We are tired of saying it and sick from not doing it, and we recognize the same struggle among others who have the same ideas, so why not help all of us? The last thing the world needs right now is for more people to exploit solutions for profit. So we will be the force for good, and we will stand together to pursue what we believe in.

Now we won't sugar coat it, although it is easy to grow our own food, it's not going to be easy to grow an entire community. We still face the harsh realities of social, political, and economic division. But you know what we say when people tell us things won't change? "We are the change!"

Change is doubted, persecuted, feared, but it's also scarce and too valuable to ignore. It's been on the back-burner for too long, bacteria is growing, our economy just isn't cookin' right. While we're at it, let's add some flavor, let's try something new, work on a new recipe, be artists.

We need to work together to make healthy food for the people again.



Public Charity Status

Section 501(c)(3) is the section of the Tax Code that describes religious, scientific, literary, educational and other charitable organizations exempt from federal income tax. All charities are further subdivided, however, between public charities, which receive broad public support from gifts or fees, and private foundations, which receive almost all of their income (other than investment income) from a very narrow group of persons, such as a single individual, family or corporation. Section 509(a)(2) covers organizations that receive their support from a combination of gifts, grants and contributions and fees for their exempt services.

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Understanding Roles

It is important to note our unique method of organization as a Public Charity. 

1. We do not assign a Board of Directors, however we do have an Advisory Board for integrating various areas of expertise. An advisory board is a body that provides non-binding strategic advice to the management of a corporation, organization, or foundation. The informal nature of an advisory board gives greater flexibility in structure and management compared to a Board of Directors.

2. Our business is farming. The role of Chapter Director is naturally assigned to the first RGU Farm Manager in every state. They are a Representative of Red Giant Union and farm manager to provide the best results for clients and facilitate partnerships within their state. They delegate to local volunteers. Any number of these responsibilities may be done by a volunteer or chapter director: Record data, compile it into a problem-solution based model, submit it through our online forum (will be created once operations begin with our first farm).

3. Allocation of Revenue:
1/3 of produce is free

1/3 for maintenance + expansion

1/3 net profit is compensation for the Farm Manager