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


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 …

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Original Earth Dinner poster from 2004.

Creating Earth Dinner: A New Earth Day Tradition

Back in 2003, Theresa Marquez had an idea. “I always thought Earth Day should have a meal,” she says, thinking back on that time. “Every other holiday got a meal. Why not Earth Day?” Marquez, then marketing director for Organic Valley, and a little team of writers set to work on a concept that became known …

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Earth Dinner How-To: Thanksgiving

With its abundance of food and a table surrounded by family and friends, Thanksgiving is an obvious holiday to incorporate the Earth Dinner theme. As with all Earth Dinners, there are only three “rules” (if you even want to call them that):   1.  Choose local, seasonal and organic ingredients for your meal. All the traditional …

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