GRAS mission is to make Sacramento the #1 sustainable food community in California, a model for other communities.
Our foremost program addresses new California legislation mandating the diversion of organic waste from the landfill. ReSoil is (designed to be) pedal-powered community compost network that collects food scraps from 17 restaurants to build healthy soil at over twenty-four urban farms and community, school and church gardens.
316,954 lbs diverted = approx. 94,000lbs methane eliminated
ReSoil is a closed-loop program for utilizing food waste resources in the community - building healthy soil to grow nutritious food, grow food security and wellness, fight the drought, and combat climate change. ReSoil Sacramento presents a boutique Farm-to-Fork-to-Farm model dedicated to empowering our communities, and feeding our local Urban Ag Movement.GRAS is working with the Cal EPA - Air Resources Board, Cal Recycle, and the County of Sacramento - Solid Waste Authority, and Californians Against Waste to ensure that community composting can be fully permitted in Sacramento and throughout the State. GRAS teaches the benefits of composting at numerous school classes, workshops and community demonstrations such as State Fair and F2F Festival, and offers a community compost collection at the weekly Midtown Farmers Market.
Sustainable Waste Management
GRAS helps restaurants’ manage their waste, working to divert it locally to its ‘highest and best use’ - thereby reducing pick-up for big waste haulers and saving money. Organic scraps, cardboard, wine cork, wood ash, cooking oil can be used for agricultural purposes; bottles, cans, post-consumer organic waste can be ‘source-separated’ to achieve higher use-value. GRAS additionally provides quarterly waste diversion totals, assessment, ’right-sizing’ dumpster schedules, staff training and custom informational signage.
Clarksburg Chenin Blanc
In its fourth year, the campaign to make Clarksburg Chenin Blanc the ‘Signature Varietal of the Sacramento Region,’ is gaining traction. More local restaurants are putting it on the wine list and there is a resurgent interest with boutique producers. Our annual tasting event, with Slow Food Sacramento, is always graced with Darrell Corti, Mike Dunne and other notable wine writers.
Wine cork recycling is an example of a ‘small’ something that is a valuable natural resource that needs to be ‘source-separated’ and up-cycled to higher use. We have diverted over 700 lbs of cork for use in home building, agriculture or youth art projects or sent to ReCork in Napa. The cork forests of Spain are the ‘lungs of the Mediterranean.’
GRAS has provided Zero-Waste Event services for a variety of Sacramento events including the inaugural Farm-to-Fork Festival, Soil Born Farms Equinox Celebration & Day at the Farm, Food Film Festival Kid’s Night, Amgen Tour VIP, Crocker ArtMIX, and more.
GRAS coordinates with event producers, food service staff, and uses high schoolers (receiving community service credits) to monitor waste stations and the educate the public. All of our efforts (except the F2F fair) were calculated to have successfully diverted more than 90% of the events total waste. More events need to be Zero-Waste.