Posted by The Editorial Desk / Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
“Thanks to American Farmland Trust, more of our important working lands are being protected and more families are able to stay in farming!” — Sandy and Rossie Fisher, Brookview Farm, Manakin-Sabot, Virginia
American Farmland Trust’s Dine Out for Farms™ is a national, week-long event that brings together restaurants and consumers to support a sustainable future for America’s farms. For one week in October, participating restaurants across the country educate diners about the importance of farms and raise funds to save the land that sustains us. Dine Out for Farms™ is a nationwide celebration of delicious food and the farmers and land needed to grow it!
This year, restaurants in 22 states and the District of Columbia are participating by contributing a percentage of sales during the Dine Out for Farms™ week or by making a straight donation to help save farms. Diners can show their support for America’s farms and ranches by patronizing local restaurants that are participating in American Farmland Trust’s second annual Dine Out for Farms™ week from October 16-22.
“We are thrilled that such a broad range of eateries—from high-end restaurants to frozen yogurt shops—are participating in this year’s Dine Out for Farms™,” said American Farmland Trust President Jon Scholl. “By patronizing any one of them during Dine Out for Farms™ week, you can show that you care about protectingAmerica’s farmland—and the delicious locally grown food that it provides.”
Every year more and more farmers are faced with an unfavorable economic outlook which is making it extremely difficult for them to continue. Added to that is a shrinking number of new farmers, combined with uncertain market conditions and development of farmland- all of which adds up to one big problem.
“Dine Out for Farms™ encourages diners to think about where their food comes from,” Scholl added. “The United States has been losing nearly one million acres of farmland each year, and the most threatened land is near cities where the majority of our dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables are grown. To reverse the trend, we need restaurants, diners, and everyone who enjoys eating locally grown food to get involved.”
American Farmland Trust has a vision of U.S.towns and cities surrounded by healthy, thriving farmland which can sustain fresh food and make it a reality for everyone. And that’s an idea that everyone can get behind!
View a complete list of restaurants participating in Dine Out for Farms™ week.
American Farmland Trust is the nation’s 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, AFT has helped save millions of acres of farmland from development and led the way for the adoption of conservation practices on millions more.
AFT’s national office is located in Washington, DC.
For more information, visit www.farmland.org.
– Jennie Whistler