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Sunday, October 21 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Innovative Enterprise: "Greening" Agriculture and Boosting Farmers' Livelihoods
Thriving, dynamic organic and agro-ecological movements have been growing rapidly around the world to present real alternatives to industrial agriculture’s catastrophic harms. These visionary leaders of cutting-edge, mission-driven enterprises working in the U.S. and globally share their strategies for succeeding at spreading ecologically sound agricultural practices while boosting farming families' incomes and wellbeing. With: Alex Eaton, co-founder, Sistema Biobolsa; Theresa Marquez, Mission Ambassador at Organic Valley; Kyle Garner, CEO of Organic India USA; Ken Lee, co-founder/co-owner of Lotus Foods. Moderated by Erin Axelrod partner/worker-owner at LIFT Economy.

Keynote Speakers
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Alex Eaton

Co-Founder, Sistema.bio
Alexander Eaton, the Mexico City-based co-founder of Sistema.bio, a social business addressing climate change, food security, and poverty around the world by providing technology development, training, and financing of sustainable waste-to-resources infrastructure for small farmers... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Erin Axelrod

Erin Axelrod is a partner/worker-owner at LIFT Economy, which specializes in accelerating the spread of climate-beneficial businesses through such initiatives as the Regenerative Agriculture Investor Network (RAIN), the Force for Good Fund and the Restorative Ocean Economies Field-Building... Read More →
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Kyle Garner

Kyle Garner is CEO of Organic India USA, a leading mission-driven manufacturer of herb-based wellness teas and functional herbal supplements that is a certified B Corporation dedicated to Fair Trade practices and the highest ethical standards. He formerly served as CEO of New Chapter... Read More →
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Ken Lee

Kenneth Lee, co-founder/co-owner Lotus Foods, Inc., a natural foods company that pioneered the introduction of heirloom, organic and specialty rice varietals to U.S. consumers, has developed extensive personal and capacity-building relationships with the company's suppliers throughout... Read More →
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Theresa Marquez

Theresa Marquez, a passionate advocate for organic food and farming since 1978, a pioneer of the natural foods movement, served 17 years as Organic Valley Cooperative’s Chief Marketing Executive, 5 years as its Mission Executive, and recently became its Mission Ambassador. A host... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Showcase Theater