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One might hear the word "extinct" and immediately think of dinosaurs and dodo birds, but some of our more delicious cohabitants might also be at risk.
When he's not in the restaurant, Garcia can often be found on his tractor Lucille working his 7-acre farm, where he grows several types of produce from the Slow Food Ark of Taste list.
The Slow Food Ark of Taste is a catalog of foods that are at risk of extinction - either biologically because of industrialized agriculture or as culinary traditions - and Shaun has made it his mission to preserve and promote them.
Five Reasons to Use Endangered Ingredients: Shaun Garcia
Take the Cherokee Trail of Tears Pole Bean, for example. They were carried over the Trail of Tears to sustain the people through that horrible winter, and you can grow and taste them today. That’s a tangible piece of history that would be a huge loss if it disappeared."
2. They are better for you
3. They look and taste better
4. They share their history
Learning where you food comes from helps you understand more about the traditions, the environment and the climate of the area."
5. Using them supports your small farmers
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