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Is Chewing Gum Harmful to the Environment?

A Sticky Problem An infographic from our friends at CustomMade Is Chewing Gum Harmful to the Environment? Click to Enlarge Image Not-So-Green Gum: Is Chewing Sustainably a Reality?Infographic by CustomMade

Making Wine Production in San Mateo Sustainable

Bottom line: Sustainable wine production can offer significant environmental benefits.

Reduce Food Waste and Help the Hungry

Bottom Line: Peninsula Food Runner is an organization dedicated to repressing hunger by reducing the waste of food in the San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. It is a free service provided by volunteers to pick up unwanted food. Presently they are delivering 15,000 meals to those in need every week. Peninsula Food Runner will

Visit Harley Farm Goat Dairy – A Model of Sustainable Farming

Bottom Line: Dee Harley is milking her way to success by showing her goat farm is good for the economy, environment and the community.

Harley FarmsHarley Farms in Pescadero started 16 years ago with six goats and has since grown into a fully self-sustaining 267+ goat operation and the only dairy farm in San Mateo County. The nine-acre farm is a farmstead dairy, meaning the cheese produced comes directly from the farms animals. It has received six national cheese awards and was the recipient the 2008 Sustainable San Mateo County Award, and the 2008 San Mateo County Farmer of the Year award. It also was featured in a February 2007 New York Times article about agri-tourism (see Eco-Tourism Article), a concept in which small farms open up to curious visiting urbanites.

San Mateo County Creates a Food System Alliance

Bottom Line: San Mateo County created a Food System Alliance (FSA) in 2006 to increase collaboration between all people and sectors involved in creating a healthy food system in San Mateo County.

Food System Alliance

Most residents of San Mateo County live in an urban setting with food created by a very small percent of the population. Food production, preparation and marketing have been changed due to technological innovation and many people in San Mateo County are looking to take a more planned approach to our food system.

Buy Local San Mateo

Bottom Line: Buying locally keeps dollars in the local economy, creates local jobs, and reduces a variety of environmental impacts.

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Why Buy Local?

Local food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances from other states or countries. Local farmers can offer produce varieties bred for taste and freshness rather than for shipping and long shelf life.

Join a Community Supported Agriculture farm

Bottom Line: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) provides organic food grown locally for consumption by shareholders and the local community at large.


Community Supported Agriculture (or CSA) provides organic food grown locally for the consumption of people near-by. This food is usually purchased by “shareholders” or at local markets. CSA’s provide consumers with herbicide- and pesticide-free food. They generally harvest 1-2 times a week. The food is available for pick-up most places while some CSA’s even deliver. CSA’s promote a close relationship between the farmer and the consumer. They strive to grow crops that preserver the agricultural viability of the land. And by eating locally, consumers reduce the carbon impact of their food consumption.

Agricultural Education and Research Resources

Bottom Line: The San Mateo County Cooperative Extension is a conduit for sharing university expertise on agriculture and forestry with the community.

Agricultural Education and Research ResourcesCooperative Extension is the county-based education and research branch of the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Extension programs exist in almost every county in the United States and are funded jointly by Federal, State and County Governments. Cooperative Extension has been serving San Mateo County since 1945, and San Francisco County since 1970.

Purchase Local Food, Support the Local Economy, Win an Award

Bottom Line: San Mateo County Farm Bureau, Visitors Bureau and Harbor District Team Up to Encourage Use of Locally Grown (and Caught) Products.

Purchase Local Food, Win an AwardWe are fortunate to live in California with so many fresh food options, grown right here in our backyard. So why should be purchase food grown out of state (or country) that has to be trucked or shipped thousands of miles? Purchasing locally grown foods benefits the local economy, saves energy, preserves the environment and reduces CO2 emissions. The “San Mateo County: As Fresh as it Gets” Awards program recognizes local restaurants, hotels and caterers that make it a point to buy and serve produce from local San Mateo County growers, seafood caught off of San Mateo County’s coastline, local goat cheese and beer and wine made in the county. A corporate category was added this year to recognize companies making an effort to serve their employees or students the freshest local fare.

Half Moon Bay Eco-Tourism Campaign

Bottom Line: No need to go to Costa Rica, Eco-tourism opportunities abound right here in San Mateo County

Coastside EcoTourismVisit the Half Moon Bay Coastside, 80 miles of coastal splendor filled with abundant natural, historical and cultural wonders. From some of the richest marine reserves and wetlands on the California coast, to small working farms where you can explore a barnyard and dine on farm-fresh organic produce; from shopping on historic Main Street in Half Moon Bay, to fishing for wild salmon or albacore tuna – the Half Moon Bay Eco-Tourism campaign has it all.

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