Morning Mingle: Responsible & Regenerative Sourcing
On the last Wednesday of every month, Naturally Boulder’s Morning Mingles are THE place to learn with 100 natural products professionals and network around a timely, hot topic.
Responsible & Regenerative Sourcing
When: September 25, 2019, 7:45-8:45 am
Where: Alfalfa’s Market Cafe (1651 Broadway Street, Boulder, 80302)
Subject Track: Company Culture
The health of our soil and food systems is in decline as the large-scale, monoculture agriculture operations compromise biodiversity, rely on synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and pollute water and soil. However, while agriculture has been the problem, it can also be the solution. Converting to production models that drawn down greenhouse gases and sequester carbon can do more than sustain our planet; it can regenerate it. Join local thought leaders, farmers, academics and community members to discuss local regenerative agriculture efforts and their global impact.
Learn from the Experts
Seleyn Deyarus – Co-founder and Executive Director, At the Epicenter
Nicole Civita – MENV Instructor, CU Boulder
Marcus McCauley – Founder, Picaflor Live Culture; Farm Manager, McCauley Family Farms
Alyssa Harding – Executive Director, Sustainable Food Trade Association
Meet the Panelists
Seleyn DeYarus is co-founder and CEO of At the Epicenter. She is known for her passionate enthusiasm about how together, we CAN catalyze a vibrant, inclusive, healthy and future-positive reality for people and all life. Seleyn was co-owner and CEO of a Certified B Corporation, Best Organics, Inc, an all-organic online gift basket and brand promotion company, which she sold in 2016. She was the Development Director for The Organic Center, a 501(c)(3) scientific research organization. She was co-owner and Managing Partner of Compass Natural Marketing, a boutique PR agency serving the natural and organic products Industry for eleven years. Seleyn served as a White House intern under the Reagan administration in the President’s Speech Writers Research office, where she was personally selected by President Ronald Reagan. Seleyn serves on the Advisory Board of the Prairie Dog Coalition of the Humane Society of the United States. She has a B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she was elected President of the Student Government Association. She has lived in Colorado for 26 years, enjoying the beauty and power of the Rocky Mountains.
Nicole Civita is the Sustainable Food Systems Specialization Lead and an Instructor in the Masters of the Environment Graduate Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Nicole also conducts applied food ethics research through the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and teaches as an Affiliated Professor with the LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. She has represented farmers and food entrepreneurs in private practice with Handel Food Law, LLC. Nicole holds an LL.M. in Agricultural and Food Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law, a J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the Georgetown University Law Center, and an A.B. in American Studies and Creative Writing from Columbia University.
Marcus McCauley is a farmer and founder of Picaflor Live-Culture, a fermented condiment brand based in Boulder, Colorado. He runs McCauley Family Farm, a 40-acre holistic whole farm system that produces unique peppers, pasture-raised chicken and lamb, and other seasonal produce. He is a leader in the regenerative farm movement and an advocate for sustainable agriculture practices and collaborative bioregional food production.
Alyssa serves as the Executive Director of the Sustainable Food Trade Association, a membership organization that represents organic companies in North America and supports businesses in creating and implementing innovative, sustainable practices across the supply chain, from farm to retail, through education, networking, analytic modules, and leadership recognition. She previously managed Corporate Social Responsibility for three years at Justin’s, a Boulder based nut butter company with a mission rooted in sustainabilty. She has an educational foundation in Environmental Science and agricultural ecology, with an additional specialization and certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility. Before Justin’s, she worked in the environmental sector for water conservation non-profits and in the solar industry, and has published articles with PowerHouse Growers, educating readers about food security and urban agriculture. Alyssa brings a wealth of passion and knowledge around various sustainability issues, and in her spare time enjoys hiking, biking, and distilleries.
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