Dear Friends, As the year comes to an end, it’s a tradition of mine to write a note of gratitude to our friends, farmers and ranchers, consumers, advocates, donors, and everyone else who has helped give the future of sustainable farming room to grow and flourish. And what a year it has been! Animal Welfare Approved has yet again experienced a fantastic year of growth and innovation, driven by the ever-increasing demand for healthy, environmentally friendly and high-welfare products. Here are some highlights of significant milestones we have achieved over the last year. None of this could have been achieved without your continued support.
We are excited to partner with Slow Food Nation in the first-ever American gathering this Labor Day weekend in San Francisco. Slow Food is a vibrant movement of people who advocate food systems that are good, clean and fair-goals we also support in our promotion of high-welfare husbandry. We will be involved in many events throughout the weekend, and will continue to post these on our blog as they develop.
Sunday, August 31, 2008: Join us for a fund-raising “Slow Dinner” for Animal Welfare Approved, to be held at Woodward’s Garden-a San Francisco gem known for its intimate hospitality and expert preparation.
The evening provides the opportunity to hear from some outstanding farmers, including Animal Welfare Approved farmer Will Harris (White Oak Pastures; fifth generation grass-fed cattle farmer). These stewards of the land will share their experiences in practicing humane husbandry, and explain how tradition and innovation have shaped their farming practices today. The reception and dinner will feature wine donated by Beringer, a California winery known for its commitment to sustainable agriculture, and will include light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets for the Reception and Slow Dinner are purchased separately. To purchase tickets for the Slow Dinner ($125), please contact Julie Munk at (703) 836-4300. A contribution of 15% of every ticket sold will benefit the Animal Welfare Approved program. If you can’t make it to San Francisco, keep checking our blog and stay tuned for the next newsletter.