Bringing Healthy Food to More of the Community with Jered Lawson at Pie Ranch

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Bringing Healthy Food to More of the Community with Jered Lawson at Pie Ranch

“Part of the consequences of a food system rife with anonymity is that you end up not knowing the stories and people behind the food. And unfortunately most of that story is rather problematic -  industrial agriculture’s exploitation of animals, people, and the land…But we think the story could be really different, and we’re committed to telling that story…” – Jered Lawson

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Firmly Rooted: The Sustainable Forty-One Year History and Growing Future Of Frog Hollow Farm

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Firmly Rooted: The Sustainable Forty-One Year History and Growing Future Of Frog Hollow Farm

Organic practices abound at Frog Hollow Farm, a decision Farmer Al made in the late eighties as the organic movement gained momentum within the agricultural and scientific communities. “I always wanted to take care of the environment,” Al says, “I didn’t want to be polluting the soil, the air, or the groundwater with chemicals and I certainly didn’t want to pollute my own body or affect the health of the people eating the produce.” 

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Tradition, Tradition!  Italian Style via  Ca'Momi in Napa

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Tradition, Tradition! Italian Style via Ca'Momi in Napa

Valentina Guolo-Migotto and her partners, Dario De Conti and Stefano Migotto were born and raised in Italy to families that impressed upon them early on the value of food and family. For Valentina these kinds of childhood experiences translated into a life-long passion for crafting delicious meals that bring people together.

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CALLING ALL EATERS, FARMERS, FOOD SERVICE PROVIDERS

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CALLING ALL EATERS, FARMERS, FOOD SERVICE PROVIDERS

We're in our final days collecting information from our Peak Plate surveys (farmers, food service providers & consumers) to lessen food waste across the food chain.  Depending on where you fit in the food chain, we appreciate  your time to take a short 11 questions (or less) survey.  

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Trust Your Gut, The Farmhouse Culture Way

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Trust Your Gut, The Farmhouse Culture Way

Farmhouse Culture was headlined at this year’s 36th EcoFarm Conference, with more than 1700 farmer attendees. They were one of three farms featured in a pre-conference farm tour lead by the EcoFarm Conference founder himself, Amigo Bob Cantisano.

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Adopting a Zero Waste Culture: Veritable Vegetable

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Adopting a Zero Waste Culture: Veritable Vegetable

Peak Plate has been working on a solution to the sad dichotomy that 50% of America’s food is sent to the landfills, while 1 out of every 7 Americans go hungry. One speaker at the conference stood out on this issue, a West Coast food distributer responsible for tons of product per year.

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San Francisco's Ferry Building/CUESA Celebration 2016

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San Francisco's Ferry Building/CUESA Celebration 2016

CUESA’s Summer Celebration brought together the Bay Area’s best chefs, bartenders, wine makers, farmers and food lovers for an unforgettable evening last Sunday at San Francisco’s “Church of Food,” the majestic Ferry Building Marketplace.

The lavish walk-round feast showcased peak-season produce as its star. The abundance made for a full evening exploring the summer bounty of cucumbers and melons, berries, stone fruit, edible leaves and flowers, plus alliums; talking to the farmers, chefs and specialty food purveyor’s; and savoring their artfully crafted bites and cocktails. I left the event feeling nurtured and connected to this committed community of sustainable farmers, like-minded chefs and food lovers.    Click on title to continue reading.

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AllStar Organic Farm : Heirlooms, Herb Infusions and Salt Blends

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AllStar Organic Farm : Heirlooms, Herb Infusions and Salt Blends

Every Saturday of the year, the San Francisco Ferry Building is alive with a magnificent farmer’s market. Camped in with the veggie, fruit, meat, fish, bread, flowers, food and coffee vendors is CUESA, the organization that manages the market. At their tent with seating for 100, CUESA produces and leads a weekly educational outreach focusing on sustainable foods allowing farmers to showcase their products and chefs to conduct cooking classes using the products of the market.  Click title to continue reading.

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Bi-Rite Market: A Sustainability Success Story

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Bi-Rite Market: A Sustainability Success Story

Eighteen years can bring a whole heck of a lot of change. In 1998, I photographed Sam, Raph, and Mama Mogannam, family owners of Bi-Rite Market for Bon Appetit magazine. Just a few months ago, we met in the staff/test kitchen at the market, which Sam had built recently to provide his staff with a great meal at every shift. Bi-Rite Market has been a Mission District institution since it opened in 1940, and it has been in the Mogannam family since 1964. What was once a neighborhood bodega run by brothers Ned and Jack has matured into a nationally recognized family of sustainable businesses, with two neighborhood markets, a creamery, a farma catering operation, and their non-profit 18 Reasons, a community cooking school which empowers their community with the confidence and creativity needed to buy, cook and eat good food every day. 

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Land Health is Our Health: Grass Up! by Organic Valley

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Land Health is Our Health: Grass Up! by Organic Valley

This week I was invited to learn about the agricultural work being done for our future at Grass Up!, one of many national think tank pop-ups lead by Organic Valley’s educational campaign to promote a more sustainable food future. Theresa Marquez, Organic Valley’s Mission Executive, invited an influential group of farmers, scientists, educators, and activists who are leading dynamic conversations about the benefits of sustainable farming for soil, pastures, produce, animals, people, and our planet. 

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San Francisco’s The Perennial, Beyond Farm to Fork, A Marriage Of All Things Sustainable

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San Francisco’s The Perennial, Beyond Farm to Fork, A Marriage Of All Things Sustainable

 

Restaurateurs Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz have embraced sustainability with their new project The Perennial, with the long term goal of establishing "carbon neutrality as a new kind of value in the restaurant industry, along the lines of organic, local, an artisanal." Lead by chef Chris Kiyuna, The Perennial presents outstanding food and ecological responsibility at the same table. With community driven projects like a 2,000 ft aquaponic greenhouse, is The Perennial the future of the restaurant industry?

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