What is Earth Dinner?

“The act of putting into your mouth what the earth has grown is
perhaps your most direct interaction with the earth.” – Frances Moore Lappé

Shana_Picture 144_web sizeHave you ever noticed that every holiday has a food tradition—except Earth Day? We thought Earth Day deserved a celebration, too, so back in 2004, we created one. It made sense that an Earth Day food tradition should revolve around local, sustainable and organic cuisine—cuisine that cares for the planet—paired with honest and meaningful discussion about the impact we have (for good or bad) on the environment.

What developed is today a joyful, animated and inspiring, food-focused party held at least once a year, connecting people to the earth, their food and each other.

We kick off Earth Dinners on Earth Day, but an Earth Dinner can be held at any time of the year (for example, harvest time is a perfect time for local, seasonal foods). Make it Earth Day any day!

We believe incorporating the philosophies of supporting local, sustainable and organic foods will help keep our planet’s land, air, water and inhabitants healthy for generations to come.

 

Recent Earth Dinner Posts

All corn is "Indian corn," and if anyone can be said to own its "intellectual property," it would be the Native Americans.

Have a Local, Organic Thanksgiving, Naturally!

Thanksgiving is the easiest time of year to “eat local and organic,” for the simple reason that nearly everything that appears on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner table has its roots in local, seasonal, organic foods. And that’s because Native Americans, and the Pilgrims they shared their food with, ate organic food long before it was called organic. Our …

read more
Anne-Theresa Radio headshot 2016_Web

Rootstock Radio: Theresa Marquez Creator of Earth Dinner

Download Anne O’Connor and Theresa Marquez. Mission Executive Theresa Marquez has worked for Organic Valley for nearly 22 years. Among her time at Organic Valley, Theresa has had many ideas that continue to cause us to re-examine our connection with food. Projects like WomenShare, Grass Up, and FrogTV ask us to delve deeper into the social, political and environmental issues …

read more
ED-Link-Image

Bringing Food to Earth Day (And Every Day!)

Editor’s Note: We’ve gone on a search-and-rescue mission to find amazing stories and essays published in earlier print editions of Rootstock. Today’s throwback, “Bringing Food to Earth Day (And Every Day!)” was written by Sandra Steingraber for the Spring 2006 edition of Rootstock. Say the word Thanksgiving and what images come to mind? How about Fourth …

read more