|Washington, D.C., August 8, 2011 —Restaurants across the country eager to show their support for local farms and food have begun enrolling in American Farmland Trust’s 2nd annual Dine Out for Farms™ event, which will take place October 16-22.
Dine Out for Farms™ is a national, weeklong event that brings together restaurants and consumers to support a sustainable future for America’s farms. Participating restaurants educate their customers about the importance of farms, while raising funds to protect farmland from sprawling development.
“We’re thrilled that restaurants across America are showing their commitment to local farms and ranches by participating in Dine Out for Farms™,” said Jane Kirchner, senior director of Marketing and Communications for American Farmland Trust. “Many chefs and restaurant owners get it that protecting local farms is key to serving up the delicious, locally grown foods that customers crave. Saving farms is a cause that everyone in the restaurant industry can get behind.”
Restaurants can participate in Dine Out for Farms™ with a special dish, by donating a percentage of sales, or by making a straight donation. Participants receive a suite of educational materials that encourage consumers to dine out often and make a difference.
To date, seven restaurants that participated in last year’s inaugural Dine Out for Farms™ have re-enrolled, including The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm in Lovettsville, VA; Cock & Bowl in Occoquan, VA; The Supper Club Greensburg Train Station in Greensburg, PA; Ray’s Boathouse Café and Catering in in Seattle, WA; Full Circle Catering in Lexington, VA; The Sheppard Inn in Hanover, PA; and Founding Farmers in Washington, DC.
Restaurants interested in learning more about Dine Out for Farms™ can go to www.farmland.org/dineout and click on “enroll” or contact Gretchen Hoffman at 202-378-1251 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals interested in recruiting their favorite farm-friendly restaurant for Dine Out for Farms™ can click on “get involved.”
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American Farmland Trust is the nation's leading conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land. 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.