Yellow Seed at Origin: Peru Reflections and Highlights

As part of the web design process, Yellow Seed colleagues Alexis and Shea spent nine weeks traveling within different regions of Peru in search of delicious cacao and farmer groups in need of market access. While they were there, Alexis and Shea connected with farmers and cooperatives, conducted interviews with producers and local NGOs, and […]

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NW Chocolate Festival: Welcome to the Chocolate Revolution

Cultivators of the craft chocolate movement descended on Seattle in early October for the 6th annual Northwest Chocolate Festival, a convergence of artisan makers showcasing their passions to be enjoyed by industry peers and tasted by an eager public attending by the thousands. One highlight example of the connections and conversations occurring across a wide range of […]

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Celebrating Nature’s diversity: Yellow Seed supports small-scale farmer ecoagriculture through buyer collaboration

By Julian Moll-Rocek Peering from a distant point in space towards our blue planet, one notices a strange effect: the land has become increasingly pixelated. What was once a jumbled mixture of landscape uses has been transformed into uniform blocks of vast industrialized fields. The emergence of large-scale monoculture farming has brought with it a […]

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Co-creative cacao in action: Cacao Makers Meetup

Date: September 13, 2014, International Chocolate Day  Location: Oakland, CA Yellow Seed gathered individuals and chocolate makers, including three Californian small-batch operations, to talk about Yellow Seed and how we might best support craft chocolate making. In attendance were: David Menkes, LetterPress Chocolate, LA Eli Curtis and Tracey Britton, Bisou Chocolate, Berkeley Richard and Landen […]

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Conflict-Free Chocolate: Voices of Innovation

As the complexity of global commodity production escalates due to scarcity constraints and climate change, cacao particularly bears these influences with impacts we are just beginning to understand socially and systemically. “A Path to Conflict-Free Chocolate” convened innovators to explore surrounding topics relating to the shadow of slave labor in chocolate, delving into systems level aspects […]

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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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