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Eco-Foodie Heaven!

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Our Student Advisory Board President, Ashley Ugarte, a rising senior at Rice University in Houston, TX, writes about her experience at Cultivate San Francisco, brought to us by Chipotle.

Ben & Jerry’s gave out free ice cream + showed their support for our right to know!

This past Saturday, I had the incredible opportunity to attend Chipotle’s 4th Annual Cultivate Festival – a first for me. Within seconds of setting foot inside the event, I was simply blown away. As a well-seasoned eco-foodie, I found myself oohing and ahhing at the glorious collection of non-gmo signs, farm-to-fork displays, and local/sustainable themed tents, purveyors and activities – not to mention an entire booth dedicated to guacamole!! I, along with Jenna, a fellow Teens Turning Green intern, began marveling at the genius behind this festival – while most events mix together insanely good food, music, and entertainment, Cultivate managed to utilize this same blend, but with a “responsible” twist. By mixing it up and featuring esteemed celeb chefs (my personal favorite), and inspiring interactive experiences, the festival successfully served a higher purpose, emphasizing a powerful message – fresh and affordable food can and should be made with integrity, “the best ingredients raised with respect for the animals, the environment, and the farmers ” – a testament to Chipotle’s mission, vision, and ethic. This is synonymous with the mission and vision of Teens Turning Green, as we strive to create a world where the next generation of global citizens are empowered and mobilized around conscious living.

A fave of ours – Numi Tea boasting non-GMO verified biodegradable bags

Chipotle is truly revolutionizing the way people think about and eat fast food. As proven by Cultivate, paradigms can shift by simply presenting the imminent issues facing our current food system in a manner that’s digestible for the consumer – from vital topics such as animal welfare, GMOs, factory farming and the realities of processed foods – people will better understand (and accept) the importance of where their food comes, how it’s raised and how it gets prepared. We applaud you, Chipotle, for your support of the best world we can all achieve together (and amazing guacamole)!

Many Thanks + Much Love,



Jenna (on the left) and I (on the right): happy campers waiting to hear Neon Trees

This entry was published on June 7, 2014 at 11:42 pm and is filed under Inspiration, People + Places. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Eco-Foodie Heaven!

  1. Hi Ashley! Thanks so much for sharing this story. I’m a big fan of Chipotle and was unaware of this event. I knew that they were doing some creative things to raise awareness, but this is really taking it to a whole new level. I started my first organic fruit and vegetable garden this year. It’s been a real adventure and learning experience. Thanks again for sharing your experience and photos. Deborah.

    • jenhzim on said:

      Hi Deborah!
      It’s so awesome to hear about your organic garden, that’s wonderful! Hopefully more people will realize how amazing gardening is. We are big Chipotle fans as well (and sustainable ag in general). We’re hoping to do some garden/cooking blogs soon, so stay tuned. Thanks for reading! I’m glad you liked it!

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