Provender News

Voices from the 2019 Conference: Provender’s 43rd Annual Educational Conference Highlights

November 12th 2019

Here are just a few of the many comments from a fun, informative, and inspirational 2019 Provender Alliance Conference:   Introduction to Conscious Leadership “The awareness and responsibility for my own emotions and approaching those without judgement. And so much more. This was an excellent workshop.” “So many tools we walked away with and seriously–this intensive was INTENSE in a good way.” “Applies to every aspect of my life. Rich material I’ll be thinking about and building on for [Read More]

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A Provender Conference Attendee’s Summary of his Experience

November 5th 2019

I just got back from an educational and inspiring conference put on by Provender Alliance (PA), a non-profit trade organization that serves natural food businesses. A decade ago, I was on the PA steering committee, and I am pleased to announce I’m back in service of this great organization. I will begin a two-year term as the newest PA board member starting in January 2020.  PA caters to businesses (manufacturers, distributors, and retailers) that practice humane treatment of [Read More]

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Pre-Conference Workshop at 2020 EcoFarm entitled Organic Survival: Practical Strategies for Resistance, Resilience, and Regeneration

November 5th 2019

Organically Grown Company is sponsoring a pre-conference workshop at the EcoFarm Conference in January entitled “Organic Survival: Practical Strategies for Resistance, Resilience, and Regeneration.” Presenters will include three Provender Alliance members:  Brenna Davis (PCC Community Markets, Seattle, WA), Elizabeth Nardi (Organically Grown Company, Eugene, OR), Bob Quinn (Kamut International, Big Sandy, MN), and Albert Straus (Straus Family Creamery, Petaluma, CA). The Registration is now open for EcoFarm and the workshop.workshop will take place on Wednesday, January 22, from 9 a.m. [Read More]

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Lundberg Family Farms receives Grower of the Year award from Organic Growers Summit

November 5th 2019

Organic Grower Summit Announces Grower of the Year Award Recipient Monterey, CA (November 4, 2019) — California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and the Organic Produce Network (OPN) will honor long-time organic growers Lundberg Family Farms as the recipient of the third annual Organic Grower Summit’s Grower of the Year. Lundberg Family Farms was selected based on the company’s ongoing commitment and dedication to excellence in organic production and organic industry leadership and innovation. The Grower of the Year award will [Read More]

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Barista Job Openings – Equal Exchange Espresso, Seattle (Shoreline and Ballard locations)

September 30th 2019

Work for Fair Trade: Be an Equal Exchange Barista! Equal Exchange Espresso is opening a second café in the Seattle area. Our objectives are to promote Equal Exchange’s mission to support small-scale farmers by providing high-quality food & beverages and creating an inclusive and welcoming space for customers and staff. If you love coffee, community, and customer service, please consider joining our team! We are currently hiring for: 2-3 shifts in our Shoreline cafe, to start immediately all shifts in [Read More]

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Two Videos and Chapters 1 & 2 of ‘The 15 commitments of Conscious Leadership’ Book

September 28th 2019

2019 Intensive Introduction to Conscious Leadership with Deb Katz Please take the time to watch both of these 3-minute videos by the Conscious Leadership Group, in preparation for Wednesday: Locating Yourself – A Key to Conscious Leadership Learn the difference between leading from trust versus threat.   Content Vs. Context Good leaders pay attention to the content of their business, conscious leaders also pay attention to context. They ask, “From where is the conversation occurring?”   You [Read More]

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From the Executive Director’s Desk

September 19th 2019

by Abigail Harris You know the stories about innocent high school sweethearts who lose touch after graduation, go on to live their lives, re-meet years later, fall in love for real, and create a meaningful future together? Well, that’s me and you (the Provender Alliance Community and larger natural products trade). A long time ago, I served on CCOF’s marketing committee to contribute to a movement in which I believe. I was fresh out of college and definitely the youngest [Read More]

From the Board of Directors

September 19th 2019

by Rachel Mitrani, Board Treasurer Greetings to the Provender Community! It is with great honor and sadness that I am writing my final journal entry as a board member for the Provender Alliance. I have served this community for 6 years on the board and a few years prior as a volunteer. It has been an experience I will treasure for so many reasons. First and foremost, the long-lasting relationships and friendships I have gained are priceless. I have also [Read More]

Board Candidate Statements

September 19th 2019

Provender holds elections for our Board of Directors yearly and it’s that time of year. A designated person from each member organization should have received an electronic ballot last week. The Nominating Committee has diligently and carefully screened these candidates. This is the candidates’ opportunity to speak to you about their interest in serving on the board. These statements will also appear on the ballot. Jenica Caudill – Fair World Project Please share a little bit about yourself [Read More]

The Silence of Our Friends – Guest Perspective from Real Organic Project

September 19th 2019

(Editor’s note: Provender Alliance subscribes to many emails, newsletters, and journals within the natural foods & products trade. This email from Dave Chapman, Executive Director of Real Organic Project, stands out for voicing heartfelt and thought-provoking questions.) by Dave Chapman – Executive Director, Real Organic Project One of our inspectors for Real Organic Project got a letter a few weeks ago. It brought up some important concerns that I want to address. Their letter is friendly and respectful. This is [Read More]

Categories: Journal Fall 2019