“I do think this next century, hopefully, will be about a more global view. Where you don’t just think, yes my country is doing well, but you think about the world at large” ~Bill Gates
I embrace the opportunity to share stories of local people who are inspiring global change. I made John Paye’s acquaintance while touring the HAFA Farm in Vermillion, MN in the Fall of 2018. I was in the initial stages of gathering information for my farm to fork sustainability series. My articles feature farmers and the restaurateurs/chefs/businesses that source from them. John was there to gain knowledge regarding how to give life to a project similar to the one HAFA has created in Minnesota. John’s farm is in Bong County, Liberia which is located on the West African Coast. I recently met with John again to learn about the progress of The Liberian Agricultural Project . I hope you are as moved by his work as I am.
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“We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world” ~ Howard Zinn
Farm to fork…Ocean to fork…and vineyard to glass. We cast our votes in favor of the planet one bite, one sip at a time. Which is why I am thrilled to be able to share the sustainability story of Scheid Family Wines and District 7 Wines
District 7 Wines is just one of the many distinctive labels included in the Scheid Family Wines portfolio. The vineyards are located in Monterey County in California.
“Al Scheid first saw untapped potential in Monterey County in 1972 when the wine region was in its infancy. What started as a grape growing operation that sold 100% of its production to other wineries today has evolved into a grapes-to-glass family business that crafts authentic and elegant wines. ~ Scheid Family Wines Website
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“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water” ~ Loren Eiseley
Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Jeanine Siemens of Skuna Bay/Grieg Seafood. Skuna Bay is owned by Grieg Seafood and is the premium seafood product that Grieg Seafood produces. I had the good fortune to meet Jeanine at the Women Chef’s and Restaurateurs conference, held in Minneapolis this past April. I attended a panel discussion called: Skuna Bay From Farm To Table: The Complete Breakdown. This was a fascinating and informational session where Jeanine talked about the important work that Skuna Bay is doing to impact the seafood world. Jeanine is dedicated to the craft of raising farmed salmon. She is a specialist in her field and was one of the first females to enter this profession. Jeanine shared the Skuna Bay story and then partnered with Chef and butcher Erika Nakamura to demonstrate how to properly filet (break down sushi style) a gorgeous Skuna Bay salmon.
Following a wonderful post-conference phone conversation with Jeanine, I also had the opportunity to talk with Dean Trethewey, production director of Grieg Seafoods. Like Jeanine, he has been in the industry for a very long time, 25 years to be exact. Dean worked on commercial boats prior to this role. In his role as production director he oversees all of the certifications and regulations for Skuna Bay. He looks after all of the sea sites and supports the farmers to make sure they have all that they need to do the job of growing healthy salmon. Dean noticed many years ago that the wild salmon industry was beginning to struggle and was excited about being a part of an aquaculture business that took pressure off of those wild stocks.
Continue reading Farm to Fork Sustainability: The Story Of Skuna Bay Salmon