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Mary and Pepe, 21 Acres' farmers, filling boxes of carrots in the fall destined for Seattle-area restaurants
Mary and Pepe, 21 Acres’ farmers, filling boxes of carrots in the fall destined for Seattle-area restaurants
Austin, Food Hub Coordinator, and Chantal, child care food service director, pause for a moment while loading food for the kids' cafeteria.
Austin, Food Hub Coordinator, and Chantal, child care food service director, pause for a moment while loading food for the kids’ cafeteria.

21 Acres is a partner in the Puget Sound Food Hub along with two other nonprofit organizations and one family farm. We work cooperatively to aggregate and distribute food from producers in a six county area: Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan, Snohomish and King.  The farms hat we work with are stewards of the land — using some of the most sustainable production practices available.  Many of the farms are Certified Organic and all are working to limit pesticide use and reliance on any unnecessary equipment that burns fossil fuels.

As part of 21 Acres mission, our goal is to help find ways to limit greenhouse gasses and adverse affects on global warming. Traditional food systems are built on moving (trucking, shipping or flying) food long distance using fossil fuels.  We’re striving to building something different — an infrastructure that not only helps small family farms access local wholesale buyers, but doing so at an affordable cost while limiting or eliminating any COs emissions.

21 Acres currently uses a Dodge Sprinter to move food, fueled with bio-diesel from reclaimed oil-not from monocrop productions; but we want to do better.  The only way to further limit our carbon footprint related to food hub transportation is to use an all-electric vehicle.

Food Hub fall 2013 (16)
The Dodge Sprinter is essential to the food hub! We extend our sincere appreciation and thanks to the Not Yet Foundation for their support of the food hub to allow us to buy the Sprinter. The food hub wouldn’t be what it is today without the Sprinter.

 

We conducted extensive research into any an all options for an electric vehicle — here in the United States and abroad.  There weren’t many companies still left building electric trucks (many have filed bankruptcy in recent years) and those that were, didn’t have the refrigeration and the range capacity that we needed.  The result, then, has been to undertake construction of a totally unique, refrigerated, long range truck made with vintage parts, Tesla batteries and all American-made elements.

I look forward to blogging about the process and sharing details with you as we work to improve the infrastructure to move food. If you ever have specific questions please feel free to email me: rbcrowder@21acres.org.  We want to share what we’re learning.

— Robin