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Alderlea Vineyards: Taking Local as Far as it Goes

Alderlea Vineyards: Taking Local as Far as it Goes

When Zac Brown and Julie Powell took ownership of Alderlea Vineyards in 2017, it was already one of Vancouver Island’s oldest and most respected vineyards. Former owners Roger and Nancy Dosman had “laid it out meticulously,” says Julie. “It was a very healthy vineyard that produced wine with a great reputation.” And it was clear … Continued

Seattle Cider Company: There’s No Time Like a Crisis to Create

Seattle Cider Company: There’s No Time Like a Crisis to Create

Eric Willard, Director of Purchasing and Logistics can remember a time when he was working at an orchard and hardly any cider was made in Washington State. At the time, Eric was the Director of Operations of his city’s first cidery since Prohibition—Seattle Cider Company —he’s had a front-row seat to massive change. “Washington was … Continued

Solecito Foods: Traditional Flavours and Honest Conversations

Solecito Foods: Traditional Flavours and Honest Conversations

When Solecito Foods Andrea Blendl considers the advantages and disadvantages of running an authentic Mexican food company with her (authentic Mexican) family, she laughs. “You know, you’re very honest with family,” she says, “that’s good sometimes…and not so good other times.” As co-director of business operations, along with her father, Fernando Blendl, Andrea has watched … Continued

Farming Karma Fruit Co: Good Karma Runs in the Family

Farming Karma Fruit Co: Good Karma Runs in the Family

Avi Gill laughs when he thinks about the fact that the Farming Karma Fruit Co. was partly inspired by his orchardist parents’ talk of retirement. After all, his father Karma and mother Kuku have been growing apples for over thirty years. Certain habits die hard. But when the Gill family decided to branch out into … Continued

Nature Bee Beeswax Wraps: Taking a Stand Against Single-Use Plastics

Nature Bee Beeswax Wraps: Taking a Stand Against Single-Use Plastics

When we picture the type of entrepreneur who is steering our world towards a more sustainable future, we picture Nature Bee Beeswax Wraps ’ Katie Gamble. Katie’s company provides a “simple, natural, and beautiful alternative to plastic wrap” in the form of beeswax-embedded food wraps. Without a doubt, it’s a product whose time has come. … Continued

Big Marble Farms: Leveraging Innovation with Sustainable Packaging

Big Marble Farms: Leveraging Innovation with Sustainable Packaging

When Jonathan Schow, Big Marble Farms Inc Vice President of Sales and Marketing, reflects on the impact of COVID-19, it’s easy to connect with the purpose of his work. “These days, everyone is scrambling to find ‘normal’. And we know that people feel much more secure if their supply of local food is safe.” Big … Continued