The focus may have been on farming at the 2014 Focus on Farming conference, but it was also on sustainability. For the first time in the conference’s 11-year history, all the tableware – from plates to utensils to cups – was 100 percent compostable thanks to a donation from Cedar Grove, located in Everett.
Cedar Grove has played an active part in Focus on Farming for many years, and this year, the company wanted to take it one step further. Casey Funke of Cedar Grove coordinated the effort, with the goal of making sustainability as simple as possible for conference attendees.
“When you’re at an event, that’s the last thing you’re thinking about – where do I put my food scraps,” Funke said. “We know that. We wanted to make that decision easy for people. Don’t think about the sorting, recycling or putting cups, plates and leftover food in the garbage. You just enjoy the event. If you’re getting food or coffee or whatever, because all of the food packaging is compostable, you have one place to put it and that’s the compost bin.”