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Find sustainable food near you with new online directory

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In a city like Los Angeles, stereotypes say finding organic and sustainable food sources is as easy as going outside. The reality is hardly so simple, although it just got much easier thanks to FarmPlate.

The online directory catalogs more than 40,000 businesses nationwide that subscribe to sustainable and eco-conscious practices. Local, ethical, hand crafted — FarmPlate brings together farmers, artisans, restaurants and markets together into one easily searchable database and community.

"I've learned first-hand about the value of having access to locally produced food,” states Courtney Hurley Piersen, FarmPlate’s chief operating officer on the website. “I believe FarmPlate will play a unique role in expanding that access to consumers across the country.”

Supporting sustainable business is a large part of FarmPlate’s focus, as the site also works to help promote local businesses to potential customers, and is continually growing their database with new entries.  

“FarmPlate’s mission is to help sustainable food businesses expand their markets,” explains the site’s founder and president, Kim Werner. “They are the engine of local food systems, and we are committed to contributing to their growth in any way that we can.”