Our Funders

The people and organizations that have funded INGREDIENTS share in a desire to work in an environment that creates good stories about food and community. Optic Nerve Productions thanks them for their support and their commitment to building a sustainable food system. In addition to supporting this documentary film on the local food movement, each one of our funders has their own compelling story to tell. We encourage you to visit their web sites to learn more about their work.

Sustainable Harvest

Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers

was founded in 1997 to provide sustainable, lasting markets for coffee growers. Today, the company works with over 50 fair trade and organic coffee cooperatives in Latin America and Africa. Sustainable Harvest was the pioneer of the Relationship Coffee model, a model in which the company reinvests its profits back into the supply chain for the success of all parties. Sustainable Harvest has origin offices in Mexico, Peru, and Tanzania to focus specifically on addressing the challenges that coffee farmers face. In this way, Sustainable Harvest provides market access to coffee farmers in an increasingly globalized world. http://www.sustainableharvest.com/

Travel Portland

Travel Portland

works to maintain the vibrancy of the region by promoting the Portland metropolitan area as a preferred destination for meetings, conventions and leisure travel. A private non-profit destination marketing organization with a membership of more than 1,000 businesses, Travel Portland operates a busy visitor information center, supports a climate of year-round hospitality, and helps our city, state and region reap the rewards of a thriving visitor industry. http://www.travelportland.com

Willakenzie Estate

WillaKenzie Estate

is a small, family-owned winery dedicated to the highest expression of terroir, making great wines from the Pinot family of grapes. The winery, located in Oregon's Willamette Valley, was named after the Willakenzie soil on which the vineyards are planted to convey the influence that the soil imparts on the wine's flavors and aromas. Sustainable farming practices that respect the environment, soil, plants and people are another expression of WillaKenzie Estate's commitment to genuine quality. Only 102 acres of the 420-acre estate are planted to grapes. They have left open pastures, patches of blackberry, Douglas fir and oak around the vineyards to preserve the balance of the ecosystem. http://www.willakenzie.com

Wallace Genetic Foundation

Henry A. Wallace, founder of the Wallace Genetic Foundation

, believed that "the greatest private pleasure comes from serving the general welfare of all." In order to improve the quality of life for all people, he urged long-term conservation of the soil and of the environment, rather than exploitation of natural resources for temporary profits. The Wallace Genetic Foundation supports projects relating to: sustainable agriculture, the protection of farmland near cities, plant genetic research, biodiversity protection, and environmental education and media. http://www.wallacegenetic.org



With more than 1,500 employees and 39 restaurants throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, Burgerville highlights fresh, locally grown ingredients in menu offerings to bring guests flavorful, nutritious and high quality food. Burgerville is committed to fresh, local and sustainable practices, living this commitment through partnerships with local businesses, farms and producers. Initiatives such as an industry leading health care program, an expanded leadership development training program for employees, the company wide use of wind power, recycling of used trans fat free cooking oil into biodiesel, as well as an expanded recycling and composting program, are all based around the belief that it is good business to adopt practices that are good for guests, employees, the local community and the environment. At Burgerville, sustainable values mean helping people, communities and the environment thrive, thus maintaining their mission to always "Serve With Love". http://www.burgerville.com

Travel Oregon

Travel Oregon

is proud to sponsor INGREDIENTS and support the film’s effort to expand awareness of Oregon’s unique and bountiful culinary landscape. The film, with its “eat local” subject matter, personifies Oregon values—genuine, authentic, visionary—in the pioneering chefs who dare to believe food that is fresh, local, and sustainable represents the finest in flavor, form and function. As a partner with the film, Travel Oregon invites viewers to envision the place where “eat local” is more lifestyle than trend and, ultimately, to visit Oregon and encounter for themselves the producers and chefs who are crafting a culinary nirvana for generations to savor. http://www.traveloregon.com

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