Farm tours are integral to Ei work on many levels. With a food waste focus, farm tours reveal sustainable practices in retail and consumer packaging used within the food supply chain. Similar to a manufacturing plant tour, Ei observes the materials management practices in-place to ensure minimal waste is generated during operations and for a product's consumer.

From a soil health perspective, farms may be harmful or extraordinarily beneficial to restoring carbon cycle balance. Ei focuses on the many success stories where farms restore broken soil systems through regenerative agriculture. 

KSU Hickory Grove Farm Tour - GWCC

July 31, 2017
Acworth, GA

On July 31 Ei Founder Holly Elmore hosted the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC ) team on an empowering KSU Hickory Grove Farm tour to learn about regenerative agriculture practices. Since the June tour, GWCC Director of Sustainability Tim Trefzer worked with Levy Restaurants Executive Chef Matt Roach and GWCC Grounds Operation Manager Steve Ware to identify an on-campus mini-farm area. The intent is to use food produced in the employee dining facility.

Hickory Grove Farm Manager Michael Blackwall & KSU Professor Jorge Perez educated on regenerative agriculture practices along with crop choice advice; Steve shared his extensive horticulture expertise, especially pertaining to plant | tree identification on the farm's old growth forest areas.

The ZWA Blog article, The Power of Tours, features the July Hickory Grove Farm tour; farm tour photos are included in the Holly Elmore Images FB album, KSU Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality.


KSU Hickory Grove Farm Tour

June 1, 2017
Acworth, GA

In early June 2017, Ei hosted a KSU Hickory Grove Farm tour for Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) Director of Sustainability Tim Trefzer and Kim Charick with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 (Southeast Region). Farm Operations Manager Michael Blackwell and Professor Jorge Perez gave a thorough farm tour, along with details on the land history. The tour is the foundation for a potential GWCC on-campus mini farm and a Southern Farm & Garden feature article.

The ZWA Blog article, The Power of Tours, features the June Hickory Grove Farm tour; farm tour photos are included in the Holly Elmore Images FB album, KSU Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality.


King of Crops Farm Tour

February 6, 2017
Watson, GA

On February 6, 2017, Ei orchestrated a King of Crops Farm food waste composting tour for Tim Trefzer, Georgia World Congress Center director of sustainability. Compostwheels (CW) Founder David Paull hosted the tour; CW partners with King of Crops for commercial food waste composting at the farm. ... and Ei Founder Holly Elmore's home food waste compost is delivered to the farm!

Photos from the impressive farm and composting site tour are included in the Ei FB album, Ei Connects. The ZWA Blog article, The Power of Tours, features the King of Crops Farm tour;
 


South Georgia Farm Tours

May 2012
White Oak Pastures & Thompson Farms Smokehouse

In May 2012 a group of Ei Partners and friends traveled to South Georgia for farm tours. Learning the farm's practices and assessing the current scenario for protein transport packaging were the catalyst for the trip. Ei chose family-run farms committed to sustainability and animal welfare at the core of their ethics and operations.

The farms, White Oak Pastures and Thompson Farms Smokehouse, are Whole Foods suppliers and meet the stringent Whole Foods 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards with a 5+ designation. The ZWA Blog article, Consumer Demand: A Powerful Voice to Affect Change, chronicles the empowering tours. 

For a pictorial recap of the farm tours, see the Ei FB albums, 05-14-12 White Oak Pastures Tour, and 05-15-12 Thompson Farms Tour. WARNING: Some Thompson Farms photos are graphic yet honor the process and the livestock who gave their lives to fulfill consumer demand for animal protein.