Seeding Yellow Seed

Yellow Seed celebrates Earth Day with the launch of its Collaborative Project. The project originated from asking the simple question, “What if there was an easier way to connect small-scale farmers who make quality food products around with world with people who want to support high quality and ecologically produced food?” Cacao, the co-creation facilitator We […]

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From Fair to Conscious Trade ~ Systems Thinking Evolves a Movement

It’s not new news that our modern food system is volatile and has become increasingly so since just the turn of this century. Water is the new oil of our lifetime. Degradated soil threatens to create new dust bowls and dramatically lessen base fertility. Commodities have become the spine of our modern supply chains, with […]

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From Local to Global – Shifting the Conversation to Small-Scale Farmers

Think. Shop. Buy. Local. This slogan is likely familiar to you by now. You’ve also probably witnessed local farmer’s markets sprout up around your neighborhood or had a friend tell you about the benefits of buying local. Across North America over the past few years there has been a remarkable surge of interest in eating […]

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What Your Chocolate Says About Farmer Voice, Agency, and Marketing

This piece isn’t about Hershey’s, Cargill, Nestle, nor any other mass producers of chocolate flavored candy. It isn’t about the rampant cacao slavery in West Africa, or even about the farmer’s implicit invisibility in modern Mega-Bulk cacao trading. I’m talking about our chocolate champions, the Dandelions and the TCHOs, masters of taste and fair trade […]

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Chocolate Covered Dialogue

Over the past 18 months, one of my greatest joys has been learning about something that I knew nothing about before. Frankly, I never thought that I would be in the chocolate industry. Coming from a background based in the fast-paced speciality coffee world, I never considered a jump into chocolate. Luckily, they are both […]

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