2015: A year of listening and co-creation

Wow, what a thrill and honor it has been to serve such a committed and passionate community of farmers, chocolate evangelists, change-makers, conservationists, advocates and community builders this year. First, we’d love to offer an enormous THANK YOU to our community of supporters, advisors and co-creators who have contributed to the Yellow Seed model and […]

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Curious beginnings

Curious beginnings: My Journey to Yellow Seed Growing up, I was a curious and quirky kid who chased grasshoppers and made my own rules. But as a teenager, I was bullied and began to withdraw and shut down. By high school, I pretty much felt invisible. I didn’t fit in. I lost a connection to […]

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What is Collaborative Trade?

Yellow Seed’s website emerged as a platform for Collaborative Trade. We make people, products and resources visible so trade can happen with greater transparency and ease.   Collaborative Trade is fundamentally about people, uniting individuals working in production, logistics and markets, by providing opportunities for each person to help create systems that work better for everyone involved. Collaborative Trade […]

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Our Markets Today: Cacao

Juana knows firsthand the ways that current markets don’t serve farmers or buyers well. The fact that she is an award-winning native cacao farmer in Peru doesn’t mean that buyers can find her or that her traditional methods produce enough yield to meet minimum shipping requirements. Juana’s only option is to sell her precious beans for below-market […]

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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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