Aquaponics

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Aquaponic agriculture raises plants and fish in a mutually beneficial system. It uses one tenth the amount of water and is five times more productive per unit of land than soil-based farming. The Perennial operates a 2000-square-foot aquaponic greenhouse in Oakland that converts food scraps from the restaurant into food for fish which in turn fertilize our vegetable and herb production. We hope our project will encourage similar closed-loop urban farms. >>MORE

 

Perennial Grains

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Kernza is a form of intermediate wheatgrass developed through natural breeding over the last decade by The Land Institute as a potential replacement to conventional wheat, which is an annual monoculture and requires large amounts of fertilizer and pesticide, ultimately degrading the soil. Our pastry chef, Nicola Carey has developed a Kernza bread that we love on its own or in conjunction with other menu items, and  we hope to champion Kernza as a delicious alternative to conventional wheat. >>MORE

Carbon Farming

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Cattle are known for producing methane, but a new form of ranching utilizes compost and managed grazing to promote perennial plant growth, resulting in substantial carbon storage. The carbon farming protocol developed by The Carbon Cycle Institute and implemented by Stemple Creek Ranch creates beef certified as climate beneficial, and The Perennial is proud to serve climate beneficial beef. >>MORE