We completed the Food System 6 accelerator program with their Impact, Innovation, and Investment Forum on June 15th! We presented our pitch, which explained how we are seizing the $4 billion nut butter market opportunity to solve climate change by nourishing people and planet.
We source from orchards that practice regenerative agriculture, which enhances the health of the soil by restoring its carbon content. Project Drawdown ranked regenerative agriculture as #11 of the top 100 most effective solutions to climate change. We employ over 10 of the Drawdown solutions in our business model.
Learn more about Food System 6 here!
Want to celebrate the harvest season in a rural setting? Consider heading out to the idyllic Capay Valley for the Hoes Down Harvest Festival this Saturday!
We’ll be sampling and vending our wares as well as educating and recruiting folks for the experimental dry-farmed almond orchard we’re helping to create in the Capay Valley. Not to mention getting down to some incredible music out in the fields of Fully Belly Organic Farm!
Few people know that almonds can be dry-farmed. Even fewer people know that this was the way almonds were grown originally in California, dating back to at least the 1890’s when the trees were first brought in by the Spanish missionaries, and that this is still the way almonds are farmed in Spain.
In fact, all the almonds in our products are unpasteurized almonds from Spain which have been dry farmed! For this reason, we are considering ourselves to be the first drought-conscious almond butter company.
However, we don’t want to stop there. We are working to revive the practice of dry farming in the Capay Valley, where almond agriculture originated in California. Upworthy just posted a nice story about our efforts. With some luck, we can create a model to transform almond agriculture in California!
We are looking for farmers and researchers to help us implement and study the practice of dry farming and other regenerative techniques like carbon farming and holistic management on an experimental orchard in the Capay Valley. Contact us if you or anyone you know may be interested.
We’re going to be feeding the movement from October 8-11th in Hopland, CA with our regenerative nut butters at the Building Resilient Communities Convergence: The 10th Northern CA Permaculture Convergence!
Who else is going? This Friday, September 25th, is the last chance to get early bird tickets: http://permacultureconvergence.com/get-tickets/
Santa Cruz friends! We’ll be debuting our products this Friday at the Artisan Food Market at the Food Lounge next to Mutari chocolate. We just moved our business to Santa Cruz on June 15 and are proud to be producing locally at the Old Sash Mill.
Experience our sprouted almond butter at this market on Friday! Featuring dry farmed unpasteurized Spanish almonds sprouted in spring water from the Santa Cruz mountains, we will delight your senses and intellect 😉
We will also be debuting our line of Ostara stone ground coconut butter and Cocotella (chocolate coconut butter). Both so much smoother, creamier, and more decadent than mass-produced commercial coconut butters!
Come get some local cuisine and invite your foodie friends!
Great Work requires funding to make the alchemy happen.
You can speed us through the finish line for our crowd-funded Kiva Zip loan by this Friday, June 5th:
Through this Friday, June 5th, Kiva will be matching all loans from new lenders that we invite to Kiva Zip (up to $100). Because our loan is already being matched, we’ll receive double matching! If you loan us $5, we are loaned $15; if you loan us $100, we are loaned $300. With that awesome scenario, if 21 people loaned us $5, we’d be fully funded. If 1 person loaned us $100, we’d be fully funded. That’s the power of double loan matching!
If you or some folks you know are inspired to help us get 100% funded by Friday, here are instructions on how to powerfully contribute to this double-matching opportunity:
1) Click the magical invitation link: https://zip.kiva.org/loans/13928/i/lyog
2) Select the amount you would like to lend in the panel on the right-hand side
3) Click the orange “Lend Now” button
4) Click the white “Register” button
6) Click the orange “Register” button
7) You should be redirected back to your checkout basket. Confirm the amount and click “Checkout”
8) Choose to “Pay with your PayPal account” or “Pay with a debit or credit card”
9) Fill out your payment information and click the orange “Pay” at the bottom of the page
Loan matching will be turned off on Friday June 5th at 5:00 PM PST.
Remember, you get your money back 100% over the two year course of the loan. Good Karma points are also tripled this week 😉
Thanks for supporting us in this regenerative business adventure!