Sustainable Agriculture: Key Concept at Paul Martin's American Bistro
Sustainable agriculture is a hot topic these days, but what does it really mean, and why is it such an important part of the mission at Paul Martin's
American Bistro? In a way, what sustainable agriculture boils down to is implementing farming techniques and policies that are good for the land,
good for the farmers and workers, good for the consumer, and good for future generations.
Farming in the United States has changed drastically in the last fifty years as a result of industrialization, chemical use and policies implemented to
maximize production. While some changes have been positive, there are far-reaching effects on the environment, labor, production costs, and the
social and economic breakdown of farming communities.
The movement to support sustainable farming is growing because the practices of sustainable agriculture not only address increasing concerns, but
help to create a food system that benefits everyone including growers, laborers, entire rural communities and the consumer.
Developing a sustainable food system won't happen overnight, and that's why it is important for everyone to be aware of the issues and do what they
can to promote change in the food industry. Paul Martin's American Bistro acts as a bridge between organic, local and sustainable growers and the
consumer. Just picked, seasonal produce from over forty carefully selected vendors is prepared in ways that allow guests to fully appreciate the
freshness and perfectly ripened flavors. The Bistros support farms that produce meat in wholesome and humane ways, and farms that are valuable
contributors to the social and economic structure of local communities.
One such farm is Heirloom Organic Gardens. Since 1970, they have embraced the concept of organic, sustainable farming, and were the first farm in
the Santa Clara Valley to be organically certified. Heirloom practices many of the core methods of sustainable farming, which include choosing