Food is love, Love is food began as a Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday bicycled, farm-to-desk, lunch delivery service, featuring hand-crafted, hand-held foods made from fine, whole foods with a focus on using seasonal, locally-produced, and responsibly grown produce and dry goods. FIL,LIF offers exciting animal-free and gluten-free options to Arcata’s food scene. Items, such as wraps, hors d’oeuvre platters, savory pies, and stuffed pitas, are available for purchase through a few retailers and bars in Arcata and through special order.
Rachael Patton. Creator.
After completing my bachelor’s degree, in botany, at Humboldt State University, I began Food is love, Love is food 4 years ago, as a farm-to-desk, lunch delivery service, featuring hand-crafted, hand-held foods made from fine, whole foods with a focus on using seasonal, locally-produced, and responsibly grown produce and dry goods. After a couple of years, I began working out of a commercial kitchen to produce more and build a business.
My deep admiration of natural systems motivates me to try re-envisioning our food systems and commerce. I am moved by the work of Humboldt County’s food farmers. Many of them choose to grow well-adapted varieties of our favorite foods and aim for the most ecologically sustainable methods in producing them. Many of them studied ecology, biology, botany, fungi, and soils and use their knowledge to grow better agricultural businesses.
Though I cannot make a formal statement about local-food production and sustainability, I research, hypothesize, and experiment with modeling my food business on the more efficient food economy systems found in nature. Trends in circular economics, local food production practices, local agriculture, and the benefits of diversified small businesses in local economies inspire me. Food and its production is tied to social equality and environmental and economic impact and it is important for this business to observe and meet the triple-bottom line when it comes to production. It is my dream to make a difference in how our food commerce meets those top three components.