Dari Mart, Oregon

Dari Mart stores and their main food provider, Lochmead Farms, provide examples of carbon reducing practices that include energy efficiency at both the agricultural and retail level.  The Dari Mart stores have installed solar panels, replaced door seals on coolers to save energy, reduced transport miles, and are switching to LED lighting. The Lochmead farms are using methane to produce energy; manure and waste straw to produce compost; and are sourcing locally (sometimes from the farms themselves) to provide the ingredients for products like ice cream. These strategies could be applicable to food preparation facilities as well.