The organic food movement is growing to meet the demand for healthy, non gmo foods, sustainable practices and regenerative farming. Over 90% of customers prefer foods grown without the use of toxic pesticides, fertilizers and/or unhealthy farming practices.

Patagonia has stepped up to the plate and leading the way for other large corporate entities looking to maximize growth, foster customer loyalty and leave this world better than they found it.

Sandy Rowley, with MarketMyShop! and RenoWebDesigner.com promoted the event. Her local activism blog, BeeHabitat.com promotes organic land management, pesticide free parks and policy geared towards protecting pollinators.

Last nights viewing of the documentary, Unbroken Ground, was a home run. Over 80 locals showed up with organic dishes and drinks and a thirst for knowledge about regenerative agriculture and our place within it.

“It’s encouraging to see an industry leader taking a big step outside its wheelhouse to promote the grassroots change many in the agricultural world have been calling for.” Gear Junkie

Local organic activist, farmers, landscape architects and organic food magazines answered questions, gave advice on how to start your own movement around the issue as well as practical resources to help homeowners practice organic land management at home.

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Panel members at the event were:

Kunal Patel with Davidson’s Organic Teas #davidsonteas  Ask about their co-packing services.

Delaney Battista, BSc with Natural Grocers #naturalgrocers Ask about her nutritional coaching programs.

Jacob Nachel, with #greatbasinfoodcoop Organic Beekeeper and Grocery manager for Great Basin Food Coop.

Jana Vanderhaar founder Verdant Connections #janavanderhaar Ask her about her organic architect services.

Amanda Burden with Edible Reno Tahoe Magazine #edibletahoemagazine Subscribe to the areas top food magazine!!!

Benjamin Rush with Basin and Range Organics #BasinAndRangeOrganics Interested in starting your own organic farm? BARO has competitive rates to help small organic farmers get USDA certified organic. www.Basinandrangeorganics.org

Sandy Rowley with BeeHabitat.com #beehabitat and MarketMyShop!

“Locals were creative with using ingredients from Patagonia Provisions. Fish tacos, bean dip and blue corn chips were some of the delicious dishes shared at the event. Volunteers made organic hummus, fruit pie, casseroles and other scrumptious side dishes. No one left hungry last night.” Sandy Rowley, promoter.

PATAGONIA

WILD SALMON TACOS WITH CILANTRO SLAW AND MANGO SALSA

A perfect fusion of flavors compliments our Wild Pink Salmon in this taco recipe by Lynn Leishman.

WILD LUMMI ISLAND PINK SALMON WITH BLACK PEPPER

INGREDIENTS

CILANTRO SLAW

  • 2 cups finely shredded fresh cabbage (green or a combination of green and red)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Whisk together mayo, vinegar, sugar, lime juice and zest then add shredded cabbage and cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Note: Add dressing to cabbage right before serving, especially if using red cabbage.)

MANGO SALSA

  • 1 ripe mango, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 or 2 Serrano or Jalapeno chili peppers, seeded and minced
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Mix together mango, onion, chili pepper and lime. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

ASSEMBLY

  • Spoon cilantro slaw into warm tortillas and top with flaked salmon. Top with a dollop of mango salsa (or serve salsa on the side).

GARNISH

  • Lime wedges, additional cilantro and crumbled Mexican cotija cheese Sliced avocado and/or thinly sliced radishes (optional)

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Kunal Patel, Davidson’s Organic Teas, enjoying Joel L. Photo Bomb moment. ?

My favorite drink was the Organic Pomegranate Iced Tea from Davidson’s. I will post the hummus recipe once I swindle Joel out of it.

Tomato and mozzarella salad with fresh basil leaves black pepper and olive oil

Tomato and mozzarella salad with fresh basil leaves black pepper and olive oil

Missy Ames, with Ames Family Farm, and Country Side Magazine, made a delicious Italian dish, was gone in 60 seconds.

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Organic fruit tart was a sweet surprise.

Last nights event at Patagonia shows how committed and passionate Reno citizens are around issues that really matter, our food.

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Proceeds from the raffle go to benefit organic gardening classes for children at Urban Roots.

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Best question of the night was “What can we do as local citizens to stop the spray of toxic weed killers in our communities.”

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Learn more about small business marketing, social media management and non profit marketing on Sandy’s website here.

WATCH FULL DOCUMENTARY, UNBROKEN GROUND, HERE…