All week long the world celebrates Earth Week culminating with the official Earth Day celebration Sunday, April 22. This Wednesday, April 18th, Farm Burger will be partnering with Chefs Collaborative and Organic Valley to host an Earth Dinner celebration. Ten percent of all sales that day will be donated to Chefs Collaborative and matched by Organic Valley. In addition, our Chefs Terry and Dan have created a daily burger in both Buckhead and Decatur that shares the values and connections between Farm Burger, Chefs Collaborative, Organic Valley and Earth Day.
Chefs Collaborative has was a formative organization in the development of Farm Burger. Their mission and principals are simple, and sound a lot like what we try to accomplish every day in our little neighborhood burger joint.
Chefs Collaborative works with chefs and the greater food community to celebrate local foods and foster a more sustainable food supply. The Collaborative inspires action by translating information about our food into tools for making knowledgeable purchasing decisions. Through these actions, our members embrace seasonality, preserve diversity and traditional practices, and support local economies.
Statement of Principles:
1. Food is fundamental to life, nourishing us in body and soul. The preparation of food strengthens our connection to nature. And the sharing of food immeasurably enriches our sense of community.
2. Good food begins with unpolluted air, land, and water, environmentally sustainable farming and fishing, and humane animal husbandry.
3. Food choices that emphasize delicious, locally grown, seasonally fresh, and whole or minimally processed ingredients are good for us, for local farming communities, and for the planet.
4. Cultural and biological diversity are essential for the health of the earth and its inhabitants. Preserving and revitalizing sustainable food, fishing, and agricultural traditions strengthen that diversity.
5. By continually educating themselves about sustainable choices, chefs can serve as models to the culinary community and the general public through their purchases of seasonal, sustainable ingredients and their transformation of these ingredients into delicious food.
6. The greater culinary community can be a catalyst for positive change by creating a market for good food and helping preserve local farming and fishing communities.
As a result of our work, sustainable practices will be second nature for every chef in the United States.
In 1970 Earth Day grew from a simple idea with a staff of 85 to a global movement that today partners with over 5000 environmental groups in 184 countries, reaching hundreds of millions of people. But who would believe that the first Earth Day was founded by a Democratic Senator (Gaylord Perry D-Wisconsin) and a Republican Congressman (Pete McCloskey R-California). A clean earth, clean food and clean environment are ideas we can all stand for.
We are happy that we can give a little back this Wednesday. We hope all our fans and friends will join us for a burger or snack.