November 11, 2018 Events, Sustainability

Taking Our Last Straw to the DC Council

Co-Owner Dan Simons took to DC’s government halls on Friday, testifying at a hearing on plastic straws and stirrers. Speaking before the DC Committee on Transportation and the Environment, Simons encouraged the council to pass the bill that prohibits the sale, use, or provision of non-compostable straws and stirring implements by food service entities, beginning January 1, 2019 with one change: replace the word “compostable” with “biodegradable.”

At Founding Farmers, we made the switch to biodegradable straws over a year ago.

In the last year alone, our three DC restaurants – Founding Farmers DC and its siblings, Farmers & Distillers and Farmers Fishers Bakers – have eliminated over 938,000 plastic straws from the DC trash stream. We did this by switching from compostable straws to paper and hay. We also have always used fewer straws than many, because we don’t use straws in many of our drinks, including water. It is important to note that if a guest requires a plastic straw, for health or disability reasons, we are keeping a small selection of plastic straws on hand.

Also testifying at the hearing was Julie Sharkey, Campaign Manager for Our Last Straw, the foundation we launched in June to build a coalition of restaurants, cafes, bars, and others in the hospitality industry to eliminate plastic straws across the DMV and beyond. She urged the council to pass the amendment saying, “Plastic straws, just like plastic bags, are the gateway to increased awareness about the environmental and health hazards of plastics, and a critical stepping stone on the path to reducing our reliance on single-use plastics.”

Testimony was also given by representatives from the Alice Ferguson Foundation, the DC Chapter of the Sierra Club, and DC Doesn’t Suck. The entire hearing was recorded and can be watched online.

July 19, 2024
Drink, Events

MoCo’s Founding Farmers Presents Our Summer Brew Series on Our New Patio

Get ready, beer enthusiasts! MoCo’s Founding Farmers is thrilled to announce an exciting event that’s perfect for celebrating the season on our beautiful new patio: our Summer Brew Series! Throughout the summer, MoCo’s Founding Farmers will partner with multiple local breweries to feature specialty beers on our new outdoor patio.

July 8, 2024
Events

Newly Renovated Restaurant, Patio & Private Dining Room in Georgetown

Don’t miss our newly renovated Georgetown restaurant is primed for maximum comfort and enjoyment. Founding Farmers Fishers & Bakers recently completed a renovation refreshing our outdoor patio, dining room, and bar plus we added a brand new private dining room.

July 3, 2024
Food, Sustainability

Dive into Summer’s Finest Catch: Seasonal Fish Selections from Founding Farmers

At Founding Farmers, we’re thrilled to unveil our latest culinary collaboration that comes straight from the ocean to your plate. Our talented Chef Joe has crafted a collection of delicious fish preparations inspired by our partnership with Norpac Fisheries Export, renowned for their commitment to sustainability and quality. 

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