Category Archives: Sustainable Agriculture

Is There Really Such a Thing as a Compost Entrepreneur?

Connecting Sustainable Agriculture to Efficiency: Compost Cab

Jeremy Brosowsky, founder of Compost Cab

In a recent article over at the San Jose Mercury, readers will find inspiring coverage of a small-business owner and sustainability pioneer named Jeremy Brosowsky. At 39, Brosowsky has a few traits that may have positioned him very well for his current success: serial entrepreneur, Ivy League graduate, former high-end financial services firm employee. So what is this guy doing in the world of sustainable agriculture?

According to the article, the turning point looked a little bit like this: Brosowsky thought to himself one day, “what Washington needed most wasn’t another urban farm. It was compost – rich, organic matter to enrich city soils – for the city farms already out there.” Others were already “building it,” and behind them, still more converts were “showing up.” The problem was a lack of tools and materials. Continue reading

Profile on Future Farmers of America

Making a Difference in the Lives of Students

Future Farmers of America
According to their website, the National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America) is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.”

The organization itself goes back more than 75 years, when in 1928 the original Future Farmers of America sought to create a conversation that involved students, members of the agribusiness community, and teachers, so that a love of and a dedication to agriculture might be solidified within the educational halls of most schools. As the story goes, back then thirty-three boys from various farms put together what would become the future of the organization in the Baltimore Hotel in Kansas City. The rest is history. Continue reading

Nicky USA, Portland, OR

Another Valuable Partner in Sustainable Cuisine

Nicky Farms, Portland, OR

At Laughing Planet Cafe, we choose to work with a wide variety of local, sustainable, and highly conscientious partners when it comes to our suppliers and food vendors. Nicky Farms is yet one more shining example of how to run a smart business, without sacrificing the environment in the process. Today, we shine a little spotlight on them, to let our customers know more about our partners.

According to their website mission statement, “Nicky Farms is focused on bringing chefs and epicureans authentically American meats like rabbit, quail, fallow venison, Northwest elk, water buffalo, emu and bison. From a group of family-owned, sustainable farms and ranches across the Northwest come the finest offering of natural game birds and animals produced anywhere.” And how. Continue reading

VIDEO: Joel Salatin Interview, Owner of Polyface Farm

Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm Video Interview

Internationally renowned natural health physician and Mercola.com founder, Dr. Joseph Mercola interviews Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm.

[Interview Video Via: Mercola.com]

Local Portland Growers: Blue Truck Produce

Laughing Planet Cafe and Our Onions

Blue Truck Produce, Portland, OR

Blue Truck Produce was originally started in the spring of 2010, and primarily focused on specialty tomatoes and peppers. The farm sells to select restaurants throughout the Portland area, including our own Laughing Planet Cafe, which picks up tons of onions from the grower. They deliver their produce in a 1950 baby-blue Ford flatbed, known and referred to affectionately as “Papa Smurf.” Continue reading