OPENrestaurant at CCA
April 17, 2009
April 17, 2009
.For the Rising Tides conference at CCA, OPENrestaurant served DON’T BAKE ALASKA a Baked Alaska made with ingredients sourced from companies taking an active role in protecting the environment.
Imagine gathering several friends for morning, midday, evening
or weekend foraged city bicycle rides through your neighborhood.
Rough maps are drawn, noting the forage-ables that can be found
at each location and ‘cold calls’ are made to your neighbors
asking if you can sample a fruit from their backyard tree.
You have the courage to introduce yourself
(despite the pervasiveness and acceptance of urban anomie)
and they reward your neighborliness with a sample of Santa Rosa plums,
Cane is green harvested not burned,
saving 40,000 metric tons of CO2
and 13,419 metric tons of dangerous green house gases
(carbon monoxide, ammonia, etc.) emissions per year.
Green harvesting also saves 3.5 million liters of water per hour at the mill.
We turn sunlight, grass, bugs, and high-quality domestic feed
into animals that live a healthy and humane life
— free to roam in fresh air and peck and take dust baths —
and then into delicious and healthy food.
Growing and marketing over 80 different crops;
providing year-round employment for farm labor;
using cover crops that fix nitrogen and provide organic matter for the soil;
developing innovative marketing strategies;
and planting habitat areas for beneficial insects and wildlife.
This set of strategies allows the farm to integrate farm production
with longer-term environmental goals.
The byproduct of anaerobic digestion is methane gas.
There is sixty percent methane, along with carbon dioxide
and a small amount of hydrogen sulfide that is produced.
The tarp that covers the pond captures the gases and they flow to a combustion engine.
The methane fuels the engine of the generator.
The generator then produces electricity.
Heat created by the combustion engine is also used to heat water for the dairy.
This 180-degree water is used for cleaning barns.
We work with residents, businesses and communities
to recognize the importance of using water wisely
and offer a variety of water saving programs and incentives.