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Cooking up a social impact

More chefs are getting actively involved in issues facing the industry – from supporting small farms and reducing food waste to raising wages and giving back to the communities that support them.  We sat down with Harvest Summit advisory board member Chef Dustin Valette of Valette restaurant to get his take given he’s expanding his mark on the culinary scene in Northern California with the creation of The Matheson and Roof 106. What led you to expand? Our new location, The Matheson, was created as a place for our community and visitors alike to come together and share in the…

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Earth Day is Everyday!

Earth day is everyday and today we celebrate the doers – those who don’t just talk about a problem, like plastic pollution, but who take action. From the shores of O’ahu we can tell you plastic is a problem. It’s easy to become numb to the headlines – whales washing ashore, their bellies full of plastic. Then you stroll down a beach and see it. Miles of plastic, from tiny bits to big containers, all lined up. We can do better. O’ahu locals like musician Jack Johnson are leaning in. Jack Johnson’s 2010-2011 To The Sea tour partnered with over…

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Sustainability: How one of the largest wine companies in the U.S. measures impact

As we join the world in celebrating earth day, it seemed fitting to look at a company in our own backyard who has been leading innovation in the wine industry for decades and fosters a culture of land stewardship now paired with a measurable commitment to sustainability across it’s portfolio. Jackson Family Wines is one of the largest U.S. wine companies and includes the iconic Kendall-Jackson label. Started in 1982 by the late Jess Jackson, the family-owned company, now run by wife Barbara Banke, produces upward of 6 million cases for 50 brands from vineyards and wineries across California, Oregon,…

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