Knowing we're at a turning point in food, politically, environmentally, and culturally, this project started by looking for solutions. What can we do now to shape our future? We then decided to take action, drawing together the most passionate farmers, chefs, and volunteers we could to literally bring people to the table to have a real conversation about where their food came from and what's happening in the world of it.
More than a cookbook, this is a manual for an abundant and thriving ecological food future.Community Table: Recipes for an Ecological Food Futurereflects The Ecology Center's commitment to building a culinary community that engages consumers, farmers, chefs, and purveyors equally, and celebrates the beauty of connecting around the table.Community Tablecelebrates the farmers and chefs who model how to prepare and enjoy delicious food while also respecting our shared ecosystem.
Throughout 2016, The Ecology Center invited Community Table Accord chefs and farmers to develop a series of curated dining experiences. Centered around the organization's10 Principles of a Regenerative Food System, these committed chefs and farmers shared the story of food from farm to plate. Each dinner provided a space for community education as well as inspired dialogue around the challenges and solutions inherent in our food system.
This extraordinary series was documented to create a one-of-a-kind cookbook. This book celebrates a year's worth of incredible dinners through a deep exploration of our food landscape. Chefs, farmers, and purveyors share their role in the food system to build awareness and demonstrate opportunities for all to make a change. This is The Ecology Center's first of what they hope will bemany manuals to be written, so that together we can continue to improve our food system and celebrate those who lead the way.
From seasonally-inspired recipes to sourcing suggestions to addressing the importance of polyculture farming, Community Tablemerges diverse recipes and resources with actionable tips and solutions. In doing so, the table issetfor an abundant and nourishing future that celebrates delicious food and the inherent interconnectedness of our ecosystems.
About the Author
The Ecology Centeris a non-profit organization located in San Juan Capistrano, California that models creative solutions for thriving on planet Earth. The Ecology Center believes everyone should have access to the tools, knowledge, and skills that promote healthy communities and an abundant future for all. They take pride in curating transformative ecological experiences for everyone and strive to live in a world with a culture that gives more than it takes. Together, we can inspire change! Based in the historic Congdon Farmhousethey transformed an empty dirt lot into an ecological oasis. It's their beliefthat, together, we can create a healthy, abundant future. With his background in permaculture and agroecology, and, having worked extensively in California and Hawaii and internationally in Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico, Ghana, and Nigeria, Evan Marksknows that people have the ability to directly impact the environment through individual change. As the founder and director of The Ecology Center, Evan Marks is a visionary leader pushing the regenerative conversation forward through action and leadership