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Andrew Stout: Making a Difference in Our Food System

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- 2091 days ago -
Andrew Stout has taken quite seriously his mission of transforming our food system to be organic and sustainable. His company Full Circle, an organic-produce delivery operation, has expanded to encompass some 15,000 customers across four states.

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Rose Becke (141)
Monday August 27, 2012, 3:01 am

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Monday August 27, 2012, 3:40 am
"But like many such ventures, it started small. Fifteen years ago, Stout and his wife, Wendy Munroe, founded a farm and CSA on three acres of land in Washington State. Seeking to provide better food to ever more customers, the farm expanded greatly and today is at 400 acres. However, Stout saw that if he were to bring in the products of other like-minded producers under one company umbrella, he could not only greatly broaden his service but benefit many other growers as well.

“We got into farming when we saw a need,” Stout told Organic Connections. “It was manifested in the fact that there are a lot of poor food choices that are forced upon people, and there is a better opportunity available to them. We recognized that that opportunity really could be brought more to the forefront by us creating a new marketplace, which would allow us to share some of our success with our contemporary growers and artisans, with the community being the bigger beneficiary.

“Growing in such a way, we realized we could actually move the needle and make a real impact on people’s food choices and the overall food system on an even bigger scale. Rather than wait for somebody else to do something that is so vital and important, we kind of stepped up. ‘Easy’ was certainly not part of the equation—it was tough and meant long hours and hard choices. But we were able to make a difference.”"

Terry V (30)
Monday August 27, 2012, 5:22 am
Many thanks A+

Michael Barth (43)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 1:20 pm
Noted. Thanks for sharing this wonderful news.

anne Barusta (0)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 4:54 pm
great, wonderful

Robert O (12)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 7:07 pm

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Wednesday August 29, 2012, 9:21 am

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Thursday August 30, 2012, 2:02 am
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