The Perennial Farming Initiative is a 501.c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to combating climate change from a culinary perspective, in partnership with The Perennial restaurant in San Francisco.
Perennial Farming Initiative’s overarching goal is to foster and support progressive agriculture, meaning food production that is not only environmentally responsible, but also equitable and productive. In addition to minimizing the negative environmental impacts associated with farming and ranching, we also work to actively sequester greenhouse gas emissions by promoting perennial agriculture and forestalling deforestation. Projects include a compost drive to support carbon ranching in Marin County, facilitating the cultivation and consumption of regenerative grains in the Bay Area, and building and maintaining an aquaponic greenhouse in West Oakland. Together with its sister organization, The Perennial restaurant, PFI believes that food is our best resource in the fight against climate change.
Aquaponic agriculture creates a closed-loop system in which fish waste fertilizes plants grown on hydroponic rafts, while plants feed worms that in turn feed the fish. PFI’s aquaponic greenhouse in West Oakland was designed as a proof of concept that aquaponics is a viable and intensive method of production that can occur in urban areas and utilize urban waste streams to power an aqua-farm and greenhouse. This 2,000-square-foot greenhouse utilizes waste from our sister restaurant, The Perennial, and in turn provides produce and (eventually) fish back to the restaurant. The greenhouse is an urban farming demonstration facility that highlights production and efficiency as well as waste management and interdisciplinary collaboration.