Discussing Sustainable Food Systems at Ecofarm 2016

Riverdog Farm - EcoFarm 2016

Riverdog Farm, a Blue Apron partner farm

We recently attended the 36th annual Ecofarm Conference which brings together over 2,000 farmers, ranchers and scientists each year to discuss topics in sustainable farming.  The four-day-long conference consisted of panels, workshops and presentations focused on creating an ecologically sound, socially just and economically viable food and farming system.

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Beth Forster, Blue Apron National Farm Sourcing Manager, speaking at EcoFarm

 During the conference, the Blue Apron farm sourcing team connected with the farmers we grow with in Northern California.  Over the past few years we’ve been working directly with these farmers to build our menus around their optimal crop rotations, which helps them develop healthier soil and provides them with a guaranteed market to sell specialty and heirloom produce varietals. This year we’re coordinating with our farmers even more closely, planning out several seasons with partner farms to utilize regenerative farming best practices, and in turn build further capacity in their land.

We were also able to host a panel during the conference on building resilient food systems with two of our farmers, Tim Mueller from Riverdog Farm and Paul Faurot from Faurot Ranch, and author of “The Market Gardner,” Jean-Martin Fortier. The conversation focused on how innovation and dynamic partnerships can overcome common challenges to building regional food systems.

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Blue Apron building regional food systems panel

Ecofarm was a great opportunity for us to participate in the discussion around sustainable farming – a subject we’re passionate about.  Read more about the conference here.

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