Farmers & Fishers joins American Farmland Trust in kicking off dine out for farms week (PR)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 3, 2010

Contact:

Jennifer Morrill, 202-378-1255

jmorrill@farmland.org 

FARMERS & FISHERS JOINS AMERICAN FARMLAND TRUST

IN KICKING OFF DINE OUT FOR FARMS WEEK

Washington, D.C.—“We’re ecstatic that key restaurants around the country have joined together with American Farmland Trust (AFT) as we kick-off our inaugural Dine Out for Farms™ event,” says Jane Kirchner, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications. “The latest restaurant to sign on in the ‘Founding Circle’ is Farmers & Fishers in Washington, DC. These restaurants signed on as our ‘Founding Circle’ because the chefs recognize the need to protect America’s farmland and support family farmers. Farmland is a key ingredient that farmers need to be able to grow provisions for restaurateurs.”

Dine Out for Farms™ is a national, weeklong event that will bring together restaurants and consumers across the country to support a sustainable future for America’s farms. From October 10-16, 2010, participating restaurants across the country will raise funds for AFT’s programs that support farms and help save the land that sustains us.

“American Farmland Trust’s Dine Out for Farms is a great way for us to showcase not only our own farmland-inspired dishes and menu options made with foods from American family farmers, but also amplifies our own mission to honor those farmers.  Our restaurants wouldn’t exist without them,” says Farmers & Fishers Executive Chef Al Nappo. “It’s gratifying to know that our family farm purveyors recognize our value towards their existence. We are proud to serve the fruits of their labor.”

In return for supporting the Dine Out for Farms™ event, AFT is providing promotional and engagement tools to the participating restaurants, along with online and other outreach activities to appeal to consumers who care about farms and food—encouraging consumers to dine out often and make a difference.

“Without land, there will be no farms. Without farms, there will be no food. That equation sounds simple enough to us, but the work to make it right is worth all the praise in the world,” says Oliver Monday with The Market Restaurant in Gloucester, Massachusetts. “We are thrilled to be joining the Dine Out for Farms™ effort in support of sustainable, small-scale, local, diversified agriculture—without which we wouldn’t have a restaurant! AFT does well to bring as many stakeholders as possible to the dinner table. We are excited and honored to be joining the conversation about the future of agriculture in America.”

“Dining out for farms and farmland provides consumers with an easy and fun way to show their support for the growing movement around farms and food,” adds Kirchner. “Supporting our farmers and saving farmland is something that is important at the local, state and national levels—and essential so we all can enjoy farm fresh food and a sustainable farm and food system in this country.”

“We know it’s a cause that chefs and people who love food and farms can relate to, and we hope that restaurants will show their support for American Farmland Trust by joining in the inaugural Dine Out for Farms™ event this October,” Kirchner concludes.

The “Founding Circle” restaurants kicking off AFT’s Dine Out for Farms™ are:

More information on joining as a  participating restaurant in Dine Out for Farms™, go towww.farmland.org/restaurant or contact Gretchen Hoffman at 202-378-1251 or via email at ghoffman@farmland.org.

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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. Phone: 202-331-7300.
 For more information, visit www.farmland.org

 

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