This week (October 10-16) is the first annual “Dine Out for Farms Week,” a national event sponsored by American Farmland Trust, that will bring restaurants and customers together to support a sustainable future for America’s farms.
Throughout the week, restaurants across the country will raise funds and awareness for American Farmland Trust’s programs that support farms and help save farmland.
As I have written about before, American Farmland Trust (AFT) is the leading conservation organization dedicated to saving America’s farm and ranch land, promoting environmentally sound farming practices, and supporting a sustainable future for farms. Since its founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, ATF has helped save millions of acres of farmland from development and led the way for adoption of conservation practices on millions more.
Dine Out For Farms Week is designed to promote the benefits of local, small scale, sustainable agriculture and to show the diversity of food that our farmers produce and that is served in some of our favorite restaurants.
Throughout the week, a portion of the proceeds from participating restaurant’s sales will be donated to American Farmland Trust.
There are over 30 participating restaurants including Founding Farmers, Farmers and Fishers and Equinox in Washington D.C.; Virginia restaurants Clyde’s in Reston, Wildfire in McLean and American Flatbread in Clarendon; Craigie on Main in Boston; Blue House Bistro in Holland, Michigan; and Monica’s Waterfront Bakery and Café in Silverdale, Washington. Other restaurants can be found in cities such as Bowling Green, Kentucky, Des Moines, Iowa, Pittsburgh, and Vancouver, Washington.
Check to find out if there’s a restaurant near you participating, and if you don’t see one near you listed, talk to nearby restaurants about participating next year or let them know they can still get involved at the last minute by committing to make a $100 donation to support American Farmland Trust and our family farmers.