Sean Alexander is a rural development and food security practitioner, focusing on the American South. Sean is currently a Marshall Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He has an M.Sc. in Food Security and Development from the University of Reading and a B.A. from Hendrix College in Conway, AR.
By Sean Alexander, Food Tank
Located in the South on Main (SoMa) district of Arkansas’ capital city, The Root Café has served locally sourced breakfast, lunch, and dinner to an often-packed house since 2011. Whenever possible, the restaurant maximizes their cabinet contents by incorporating food scraps, and what would otherwise be considered food waste, into their dishes. Much of the rest goes to a local farmer who uses the scraps to feed the farm’s pigs.