On Wednesday, August 29, you've got a rare opportunity to support family farms across America just by going out to lunch. Stop by any Chipotle restaurant (find one near you), and be sure to order one of their menu items featuring naturally raised pork, chicken or beef. A portion of these proceeds, up to $50,000, will be donated to Farm Aid.
Farm Aid's mission is 'to build a vibrant family-farm centered system of agriculture in America.' So far, the organization has raised more than $30 million to help keep farmers on their land, including farmers in the Gulf region whose livelihoods were nearly destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. So roll up your sleeves and dig into one of Chipotle's famously tasty (and famously hefty) burritos this Wednesday. Besides feeling full, you'll be pleased as punch that you helped keep small farms—what Farm Aid president Willie Nelson calls the 'fabric that holds our country together'—from disappearing from our food system.
* Are you curious what 'naturally raised' means to Chipotle? Check out this conversation I had with Chris Arnold from Chipotle. Or head straight over the Chipotle Web site.
* Want to learn more about Farm Aid? Here are a couple of recent articles from Mother Earth News:
· Take Action: Support a Better Farm Bill by Willie Nelson
· Happy Birthday, Farm Aid! By Carol Ekarius
Or go straight to the horse's mouth: Farm Aid; Farm Aid e-newsletter