Our Heroes is a regular series that highlights the work and the daily lives of people who are making major changes in the world of food and agriculture!
Meet Jordan Figueiredo, founder of EndFoodWaste.org and the Ugly Fruit and Veg Campaign, and the first of our anti-food waste heroes. When not working at his day job, Jordan serves as a preeminent leader within the food waste movement, spearheading one of the most influential campaigns to address the problem in the US.
"If you can tell the difference between a bunch of parsley and a bunch of cilantro at the store, then you know how to do plant identification." Meet Leda Meredith, forager, author and teacher of hands-on engagement with local, sustainable food systems.
"Our vision is to create healthier school environments for children to learn and grow. In order to achieve this vision, our chefs and our coaches are in schools every day, working side by side with school communities." Meet Nancy Easton, founder and executive director of Wellness in the Schools.
While on a morning walk, Patti and Doug Wood came up with the idea for a farmers' market in their hometown of Port Washington, situated on the north shore of Long Island. And not just any farmers' market! The market they eventually created is 100 percent organic - the only all-organic farmers' market in New York State.
According to Chef Deborah Scarborough, former chef of Cambria, California's Black Cat Bistro, it's just common sense to use local ingredients - not only is it more sustainable, "the better the ingredients, the better the dish will turn out."
"We cultivate strong relationships with local farmers... making it possible to source more than 70 percent of the restaurant's foodstuffs within a 60 mile radius." Meet Chef Vivian Howard, who opened Chef & the Farmer in 2006, and has been showcasing the foods and traditions of rural North Carolina ever since.
Meet one of our Eat Well Guide heroes: Chef Lyn Harwell at Seeds Community Café in Colorado Springs, Colorado. You probably can't be in the presence of the Seeds family for more than ten minutes without hearing the words "sustainable" or "local," or, for that matter, "organic" and "fresh"!
Meet one of our Eat Well Guide heroes: Trish Watlington at The Red Door Restaurant and Wine Bar in San Diego, where the cuisine is seasonal comfort food made with one commitment: if they can't grow it themselves or buy it locally, humanely treated and sustainably harvested, it's not hitting the table.
"We are blessed here in Reno, NV. I know every farmer we use. They come to eat here and we visit them on their farms." Meet Chef Mark Estee at Campo, one of our Eat Well Guide heroes!
Are there any companies out there making delicious chocolate the right way, without hurting people or the planet? Thankfully, there are. To learn more about the bright side of the chocolate industry, we reached out to sustainable chocolate pioneer Pierrick Chouard of Vintage Plantations whose artisanal chocolate was developed to help protect small farmers and the environment.
Kellee James is the Founder and CEO of Mercaris, a market data service and trading platform for organic, non-GMO and other identity-preserved agricultural commodities. As someone who recognized and filled a critical gap within the development of sustainable food systems, Kellee offers great perspective on the challenges and rewards of bringing innovative solutions to life.
In this Ecocentric Heroes series we shine a light on food, agriculture and sustainability educators in higher education around the US. This installment features the amazing Rose Hayden-Smith, the historian, food system advocate and inspiring writer behind UC Food Observer.
In this Ecocentric Heroes series we shine a light on food, agriculture and sustainability educators in higher education around the US. This installment features the committed, multi-talented professor and farmer, Jeneen Wiche, and shows how she's helping people understand what the sustainable food system is all about.
Sherie McClam is passionate about social and environmental justice. This passion has led her on an interesting journey to Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, where she has designed an advanced certificate program in Education for Sustainability. Through this program Sherie inspires and prepares the next generation of sustainability leaders.
In honor of Veterans Day, we wanted to learn more about the first United States flag to be made of American-grown hemp in nearly a century. We talked to Kentucky farmer and veteran Mike Lewis of The Growing Warriors Project who helped organize the creation of the flag.
In this week's installment of Our Heroes, we talk with B.J. Cummings, founder of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition's Technical Advisory Group. Cummings led a public campaign called "River For All" which generated thousands of formal comments on EPA's cleanup plan for the Lower Duwamish River and also garnered more than 43,000 letters written to the City of Seattle.