#RestaurantGrowth: Why You Need to Consider Sustainable Food Systems, Farm to Table, Restaurant Permaculture and Urban Gardening

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If you work with restaurants, hospitality, travel or the food and beverage space, you know that sustainable food trends are the next hot topic.

Keep reading and you’ll learn:

  • How local restaurants and the hospitality space are addressing the food waste problem

  • How Food Tribe is creating RadicALL change around the problem

  • Some of the ways you can cut down on food waste at your place of business or community

Why Restaurant, Food & Beverage, Travel and Hospitality Professionals Need to Consider Sustainable Food Systems

#RestaurantGrowth is a campaign designed to help restaurants, food and beverage brands, travel and tourism, hospitality and hotel brands grow their businesses.

Our team works to bring you the news designed to help your place of business understand your customers, the market, and opportunities to improve.

Blogs, photos, interviews and a Facebook group designed to help grow your business.


Farm to Table

Farm to Table Is a movement designed to shorten the “food cycle.”

Its roots lay in understanding exactly where your food comes from - from the way your farmer raised their livestock and how their meat is slaughtered and processed.

Restaurants interested in applying Farm to Table principles abide by certain quotas when it comes to things like produce and overfishing.

Relationships with farmers, fishers, and ranchers should be solid enough to provide ingredients that fit within growing seasons and menus.

Of the top five 2015 food trends in a survey of chefs by the National Restaurant Association, locally sourced meats & seafood, locally grown produce, environmental sustainability, and usage of natural, unprocessed ingredients take up four slots.


Restaurant Farming + Permaculture

As the farm-to-table movement takes hold globally, indoor farms are popping up in urban areas across the country promising a wealth of short-growing-cycle produce in a way that is truly local.

Local restaurants are getting in the mix - with hospitality groups creating close relationships with local farmers, or going as far as assuming farming duties themselves.

Entrepreneurs like Ken Myszka combine culinary experience with a vision for a sustainable farm and restaurant.

Myszka established Epiphany Farms Enterprise in 2009.

Their mission is to create a diversified, pasture based, food system, one that blends beyond organic farming with impeccable food.

Urban Gardening

Urban agriculture, urban farming, or urban gardening is the practice of cultivating, processing and distributing food in or around urban areas.

From the LA Food Policy Council:

Agriculture is both a major contributor to climate change, and a critical tool for reversing it. Localized farming and regenerative agriculture are ways to ensure LA is able to withstand major climate events, chronic drought and ensure food resources for future generations.

Regenerative agriculture refers to an approach to farming that replenishes healthy soil, biodiversity and ecosystems instead of destroying or depleting natural resources.

Urban agriculture connects people to where our food comes from, and provides affordable access to fresh food, green space for urban communities and social cohesion. Urban gardens and farms also help remediate soil, clean and store water in dense urban environments and helps cool increasingly warmer urban environments.

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Photo: Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatcs

Food Forests

Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans.

Making use of companion planting, these can be intermixed to grow in a succession of layers, to build a woodland habitat.

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Community Composting

A community compost hub is a space where food scraps are processed into finished compost. Community Hubs are shared spaces in gardens, schools, parks, places of worship and places of work.

These hubs are available for food scrap drop off, compost education and hands on learning.

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