April Banks loves chocolate. Period. She's something like a "chocolate lover-protestor-confectioner-documentarian-visual artist-lecturer." In 2002, April's life long love affair with chocolate was blind-sided by the information that child slave labor and other human rights abuses are regular practices in the growth, production and trading of chocolate. Heartbroken and confused she set out to understand it all first-hand. In 2004, she visited her first cacao farm in Ghana, and has been making conceptual art about it ever since. Although her chocolate consumption is a fraction of what it used to be, she still loves the food of the gods. Her obsession has lead her around the world to cacao farms in Ghana and Cuba to a major chocolate factory in Brazil. She has given lectures on the rights of farmers and on camel milk chocolate in Dubai, the commodities trading floor of the New York Board of Trade and in art galleries in San Francisco. She's developed a line of fair trade bars with a small confectioner and designed t-shirts and greeting cards about her personal conflicts as a chocolate lover. All for the bittersweet love of chocolate.
Bansen has been a member owner of Organic Valley since June of 2000. He is currently the West Coast regional leader of Organic Valleys Farmer Ambassador Program and one of the Cooperatives Dairy executive committee representatives for Oregon. Bansen is also a contributing writer for Graze Magazine focusing on cow nutrition.
Bansen is a thirdgeneration dairyman who milks around 200 Jersey cows twice a day on his family farm Double J Jerseys in Oregon. He spent six years working for his father learning the dairy business and purchased his own farm in 1991.
Bansen began pasturing his herd on mostly grasses and clover 15 years ago. He uses an intensive, rotational grazing system in which the cows are grazed in threeacre paddocks, the electric borders of which are changed every 12 hours. Every 16 days the cows begin the rotation all over again. Research is a daily matter on his dairy farm. Jon is constantly monitoring cow feedback (milk production, health) to measure success of any new changes made to the dairy.
Most people think Christmas is the best day of the year, but theyre wrong, says Bensen, The best day of the year is the first day of spring, when the cows go back out to pasture.
Bansen wouldnt dream of keeping his cows indoors yearround as happens at confinement dairies nationwide. He must bring them in for winter, to guard the herd from bitter weather and the land from being stomped on when wet and fragile. But the day that the skies clear, he opens the gates.
For months afterwards he sleeps with his bedroom window open, listening for rain. In springtime, we do a thing called The Dance, he says. We dance them outside, then dance them back in if the weather gets too bad. Its extra workhis father always just kept the herd in until spring was absolutely certainbut its worth it to Bansen. My approach is that whenever theres grass growing, my cows will be grazing. Thats what theyre meant to do, after all. I wouldnt have it any other way.
Organized in 1988, Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative represents morethan 1,300 farmers nationwide. Focused on its founding mission ofkeeping family farmers farming, Organic Valley makes it possible forconsumers, our citizenpartners, to become participants in a foodsystem that sustains family farms, local food production and theenvironment, all while enjoying nutritious, delicious organicproducts.
Baraka Ethnic Jewelry is a small venture. We travel around the world 6 months of the year and choose, design and self-import the most unique and beautiful handcrafted jewelry and clothing we can find. Our jewelry is hand-made ethnic and tribal jewelry much of which is hand-carved and painted, and made from natural and recycled materials such as coconut, wood, bone, horn, and stone. Our clothing and bags are custom-designed and made from recycled silk and hand-painted cotton. We have a great variety and an ethnic, worldly flavor in our booth with very low and reasonable prices (our idea is to sell more for less than less for more)...
Donna Baranski-Walker was awarded the Medal of Gratitude at Poland's Gdansk Shipyard in 2010 for her efforts nearly 30 years earlier in support of Poland's Solidarity Trade Union Movement when martial law was declared.
Donna is the founder and executive director of the Rebuilding Alliance, a nonprofit organization that brings grassroots advocacy, world class architectural design, green building expertise, financial resources, and insurance guarantees together to create and sustain affordable, energy-efficient homes for families who are rebuilding their neighborhoods in conflict zones. Partnering with non-governmental groups in East Jerusalem, Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel, Donna sets-up the details of each rebuilding project, then invites Israelis and Palestinian to the U.S. to tell their stories to people of all faiths, meet with policy makers, and raise funds for the project. She is an M.I.T. engineer and also holds an M.S. from the University of Hawaii.
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Author of "Container Gardening for Health: The 12 Most Important Fruits and Vegetables for Your Organic Garden". Owner of The Gourmet Gardener.We provide gardening workshops, book discussions, and online information about pesticide free, healthy home gardening.
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Natural, Pet Supplies, Food and Gifts.Bark features premier natural and organic pet food, toys and supplies. We have everything you need to keep your furry friends happy and healthy. Employees at Bark are trained to assist customers choose the best products for their pet. Bark is located in Clarksville and Olney.
Barbara Barker, a Florida master gardener and a graduate of the University of Florida, is a garden writer and owner of The Gourmet Gardener.
Bestselling author of numerous books, Barlow is national chairperson of the Council of Canadians and serves on the board of the International Forum on Globalization.
Managing Partner John Perry Barlow has enjoyed a diverse career that has spanned many industries and roles from business owner, rancher, media entrepreneur, early Internet pioneer, leadership in multiple foundations and management consulting. He has and continues to be a technology and management consultant to groups such as IBM, the United States Navy, Visa International, American Banking Institute and many more. He cofounded the Electronic Frontier Foundation and has served on various nonprofit boards including the Wyoming Outdoor Council, External Advisory Board of the National Supercomputing Alliance and several foundations. Mr. Barlow has extensive experience in developing nations, having personally connected 10 African countries to the Internet. He was called One of the 25 Most Influential People in Financial Services by FutureBanker Magazine, The Thomas Jefferson of Cyberspace by Yahoo Internet Life, and a Cyberspace Cadet by the Wall Street Journal, which is fitting since he is credited with having coined the phrase cyberspace.
Barnes is a veteran of the 1990 Persian Gulf war, has an MBA in finance and currently trades the financial markets in addition to promoting sustainable living and working with several animal rescue groups in the Baltimore area.
Concrete yogi is a lifestyle brand that presents alternative, holistic health practices for those of us living in an urban jungle. This lifestyle powers Sia's work as a yoga teacher, writer, and as co-founder of N'KOSI, LLC, a DC-based marketing management firm offering sliding-scale services to clients who are green and with a drishti on sustainability.
Mud Baron, the visionary executive director of Muir Ranch, has a broad range of skills and experience in growing food and working with school districts. Early in his career, he was greatly influenced by David Brower, founder of the Sierra Club, who told his energetic assistant to be audacious and bold.
A UC Master Gardener, Baron not only reaches the community through education and outreach, but ensures school garden programs are connected to the vital resources and materials they need to thrive. As the former Green Policy Director in one of the most asphalt-dense areas of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Baron worked tirelessly to green-line South L.A. schools, and prior to that served as a school gardens resource specialist for over 900 L.A. schools.
Mud is not only very familiar with the ‘business end’ of a shovel, but constantly shares limited resources and ideas through his innovative use of Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media He constantly connects with over 25,000 students and gardeners in real time, and his twitter feed, Cocoxochitl, won the 2012 Shorty awards in the food category. These awards are given to the best people and organizations producing short-form, real-time social media content.
The thread that runs through all of Mud’s efforts is his commitment to improving the health and future of kids by showing them how to improve their lives and their communities.
Barrera is currently teaching at the University of Washington and Seattle University, and holds advanced degrees in Communications and Women Studies. Barrera has been teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level for the past ten years, ranging from race, class and gender to international economic development and human rights. Barrera film work spotlight human rights conflicts and the struggle for social justice. Barrera also holds a Master's in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College where she focused on educational justice and the intersection of race, class and gender. Barrera is a member of the Comision Funa in Chile a memory organization working to bring to justice human rights violators living in impunity in Chile.
After the deaths of her father and best girlfriend, Barrett grew restless and dissatisfied with her corporate career. She began volunteering for hospice, and from there started working at the MakeAWish Foundation. Barrett's intuitive journey then deepened when she learned about home funeralsand decided to attend mortuary school and obtain a license as a funeral director. After serving as the first funeral director of Peoples Memorial Funeral Cooperative, Barrett opened her own home funeral business, A Sacred Moment. Today, with offices in Seattle and Everett, A Sacred Moment provides cremations, conventional burials, and specializes in home funerals, green burials, and life celebrations. Barrett is now the first president of the National Home Funeral Alliance and has taught workshops and classes for local and national hospice organizations and Bastyr University.
David Barrett, CTO and CFO of Women’s Online Media and Education Network (W.O.M.E.N.), including WomensCalendar, WomensRadio and AudioAcrobat® - responsible for subscriber accounts and support; in-house database maintenance, and administration. Mr. Barrett earned his MBA at the American Graduate School of International Management, in Phoenix Arizona in 1976. He served as one of the youngest Vice Presidents of Underwood, Neuhaus and Company, a Texas-based investment company before starting his own company which specialized in online information services targeted to corporations. Subsequently, David started and successfully managed several businesses using computer technologies involved with databases and publishing content. He currently developed the database back-end and positioned the WomensCalendar as the largest listing of events for non-profit women's organizations on the Web. He is also Managing Partner and co-owner of W.O.M.E.N., a company which markets me dia services to over 1,000 women's organizations. One of these services is AudioAcrobat® which is fast becoming the top service for creating and broadcasting audio content. Mr. Barrett is also listed in the Nationwide Register's Who's Who in Executives and Business. opher. Earlier in his career he was Manager-Corporate Affairs for General Electric and a presidential campaign aide to former Vice President Walter Mondale. He currently serves on the Boards of Oxfam America, the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, The Revenue Watch Institute, the Institute for Human Rights and Business, the Genocide Intervention Network and EG Justice, as well as on the Business and Economic Relations Group of Amnesty International USA. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Mr. Freeman earned an MA in Modern History from the University of Oxford where he was an English-Speaking Union Churchill scholar at Balliol College and an AB in History from the University of California at Berkeley.
Born in Brazil in 1952, Barretto studied at the School of Communication and at the School of Languages and Literature at the University of Sao Paulo. Barretto is a publisher and worked for Pergamon Press and Cia Melhoramentos. Barretto is also an author of children's books about animals. When Barretto became a mother, she shifted her activities to her father's farm, dedicating herself to beekeeping and cheese making.
Beekeeping brought to her attention, the effects of conventional agriculture and Barretto started setting up organic vegetable gardens. Since 1991, her family has thrived with the growth of the organic food market in the USA and the immense availability of products that can now be easily found.
Barretto is also involved with environmental organizations which focus on the future and health of the planet. When she inherited her father's farm, Barretto brought her consumer point of view into her new role as a producer. Barretto also connected her activism as a environmentalist with organic agriculture. Barretto's deep conviction that change starts from within motivated her to create yoga and other retreats at the farm, such as raw food, Reiki, organic agriculture, Apitherapy, weaving and paper making with fibers from banana trees. These retreats act the bridge that keep her second country, the USA, connected to her native country, Brazil. Silvia wants her farm to be a second home to all her American friends.