Provender News

On the Fence

December 19th 2019

by Gary Munkhoff In these chaotic times of climate change and political upheaval, making simple New Year’s resolutions can hardly be seen as a way to make a difference. I mean really, what power does anyone of us have? Judging from the rapidly rising atmospheric CO2 levels, it’s obvious that most people have decided that it’s easier to sit on the fence rather than take action.  Fence sitting is nothing new for Americans. During the struggle for independence, [Read More]

Categories: Journal Winter 2019

Sustainable Food and Agriculture Perpetual Purpose Trust Announces Elections Results

December 10th 2019

by Sustainable Food and Agriculture Perpetual Purpose Trust Trust Protector Committee Election Announcement The Trust Enforcers have just tallied up the votes from its first election for the Trust Protector Committee, and are pleased to announce the new members: JYOTI STEPHENS (Nature’s Path Foods) DAVID LIVELY (Organically Grown Company) A total of 119 qualified stakeholders participated in the voting. Profiles of both newly elected members are listed below. The Trust Protector Committee is charged with appointing the Board of [Read More]

Categories: Member News

Provender Conference Scholarship Winner to Open Food Business Incubator

December 10th 2019

by Kara, Martin – Program Director, Food Innovation Network The construction site will soon be ready for Tukwila Village Food Hall. This spring 2020, Food Innovation Network (FIN) will open Tukwila Village Food Hall, the future home of FIN’s Food Business Incubator. The new facility will help low-income South King County entrepreneurs–primarily immigrants and refugees–launch and build businesses. FIN is excited to share that we’ve raised 74% of our $975,000 capital campaign goal. In addition to raising funds, we’ve been [Read More]

Categories: Member News, Scholarship

Northbest Natural Products Offers Organic Saffron Grown in Washington State

December 10th 2019

Northbest Natural Products is offering the first locally grown, certified organic saffron from Chelan, WA. For the last five years, the spice has been grow using organic methods but transitioned to certification in 2019. Branded as “Cyprus Saffron”, the company is a small family owned business, that grows the exotic spice on their 12-acre ranch, where the dry and hot climate in Easter Washington provides the perfect environment for the saffron. A recent interview by local National Public Radio station [Read More]

Categories: Member News

November Inspiration from the Board: Jenica Caudill

November 26th 2019

Every year after the conference, once the excitement has dissipated some, there’s often a bit of sadness for many of us Provenderians. The reality sets in that we have to wait a WHOLE YEAR before we’ll all get to convene again. We, your board, also feel that pain. But, I’d be remiss if I didn’t also say that this is an exhilarating time of year for the board. We immediately get to dive into reflecting on feedback from this year’s [Read More]

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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]

Categories: Conference, Provender News

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]

Categories: Conference, Provender News

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]

Categories: Job Openings