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  1. Nova Monda Cacao and Chocolate

    Nova Monda Cacao & Chocolate is an artisanal and varietal craft chocolate maker located in Boulder County, Colorado. Our passion is to provide you with your best chocolate experience ever.

    Our Cacao Jar-Style Chocolate is the result of years of searching for the best way to deliver the full taste of chocolate. We have sought out heritage cocoa beans from the best rain forest farms in Nicaragua and Ecuador. Our recipe uses all organic ingredients: organic coconut oil – thought by many to be the healthiest of oils, and organic evaporated cane juice. Even better, our Cacao Jar-Style Chocolate is…

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    • Common Goods Ohio

      Common Goods is in the space of a former grocery store and is "a commercial distribution and wholesale facility linking local farmers and food producers to restaurants, institutions, and individual consumers in northern Ohio." -- this business can be found at: Oberlin, OH

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      • Crown of Maine

        This business is a: Food Distributor that desrves your support because, Because they are a fair food distributor. They are a model for others to follow. -- this business can be found at: Vassalboro, Maine marada@crownofmainecoop.com crownofmainecoop.com

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        • Vermont Smoke and Cure

          This business is a: Meat Processor / Smokehouse that desrves your support because, Vermont Smoke & Cure (VSC) is a key hub in Vermont's agricultural economy, producing and selling their own branded specialty meats, AND providing critical meat processing services to Vermont farmers. Their mission is to profitably create improved economic opportunities by providing processing services to farmers as well as aggregating processing and marketing meats they purchase from farmers. They are a great example of a food business that not only produces a terrific, and delicious, all natural food (pepperoni, summer sausage, sausages, turkey, ham, bacon)but they do it…

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          • Beyond Organic Research and Consulting

            www.BeyondOrganicConsulting.com The mission of Beyond Organic Research and Consulting is to "Create Health from the Soil up!" We provide advisory guidance to food growers and natural food product manufacturers in creating naturally nutritionally-enhanced food and supplement products for health conscious consumers who wish to experience optimal health.

            Beyond Organic Consulting is raising the bar by setting a new standard of quality nutrition. We call this going “Beyond Organic to Nutrition-Farmed(TM)". By carefully testing and balancing the soil, we are able to greatly increase the nutrient content of foods. Excellent side benefits include improved flavor, longer shelf life, and naturally-enhanced pest…

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            • Great Valley Yards, LLC

              Great Valley Yards, LLC (GVY) is a small-scale full service lawn and garden company serving the following Pennsylvania areas: Malvern, Paoli, Berwyn, Devon, Radnor, Newtown Square, Willistown and Chadds Ford.
              GVY specializes in chemical free lawn and garden practices with an additional focus on native/local/regional plantings.

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              • Gladwin Schools

                This business is a: School District that desrves your support because, because they source local food for the cafeteria food service system. Janet Nettleton is the food service director and she is awesome! -- this business can be found at: Gladwin MrSeebeck@gcsnet.org http://www.gcsnet.org/

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                • Edible Hawaiian Islands

                  PO Box 753 Kilauea, HI 96754

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                  • Marin Agricultural Institute

                    This business is a: Farmers Market Organization that desrves your support because, MAI creates and runs the best and most beautiful farmers markets that offer over 500 member businesses a marketplace where they can make a viable living by selling directly to the customer. -- this business can be found at: San Rafael 415.472.6100 info@marinfarmersmarkets.org www.marinagriculturalinstitute.org

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                    • Funky Monkey Wine

                      Funky Monkey only serves humane products, never serves veal or other unnatural products funky monkey sources local organic whenever possible. funky monkey gives back to the community on many levels and donates food to many large and small charity events during the year. Funky Monkey is local and independant -- this business can be found at: Orlando

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                      • Northeast Biochar Association

                        This business is a: Biochar development, education, production, and application that desrves your support because, Because biochar equals high brix and is at the heart of biological agriculture. Biochar has a direct connection with nutrient dense food production. AND it is our most practical and promising carbon-negative carbon sequestration strategy. AND money is desperately needed to fund community scale retorts to make biochar for farmers to get in the soil. See carbon-negative.us -- this business can be found at: Burlington, VT

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                        • Hudson Valley Seed Library

                          484 Mettacahonts Road Accord, NY 12404 From the website www.seedlibrary.org: "The Hudson Valley Seed Library strives to do two things: 1. to create an accessible and affordable source of regionally-adapted seeds that is maintained by a community of caring farmers and gardeners; and, 2. to create gift-quality seed packs featuring works designed by New York artists in order to celebrate the beauty of heirloom gardening."

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                          • Farmer Ground Flour

                            Farmer Ground Flour is a mill owned and operated by farmers who grow grain in Central NY. They grow and grind wheat, emmer, corn, rye and other grains. They have been growing very quickly, selling to both the local Finger Lakes market and also to the regional market in NYC. http://farmergroundflour.squarespace.com/ One of the farms in Cayuga Pure Organics (http://www.cporganics.com/live/), which participated in the NYC Entrepreneur Showcase. Together, the farmers and Farmer Ground Flour are bringing the New York State breadbasket back!

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                            • Farm Fresh to You

                              23808 State Highway 16 Capay, CA 95607

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                              • Tess' Community Farm Kitchen, Inc.

                                Tess' is a commercial kitchen for the public to learn about the importance of fresh produce in their daily lives. We have classes in jam making, canning, a kitchen entrepreneur program for people who want to market their own product, we work with farmers to process their excess produce into value added products, we have a school program, we have events like tomato tastings and fruit tastings, and we sell our own line of products as well as other local producers.

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                                • Certified Orgasmic

                                  This business is a: Organic, Vegan/Veg Catering that desrves your support because, Provides great food and attitude to locals & makes use of local, sustainable organic products, just started a great lunch truck venture : The Cinnamon Snail -- this business can be found at: Red Bank Jowe@juno.com www.certified-orgasmic.com

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                                  • Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota

                                    This business is a: Non Profit that deserves your support because, Their work is designed to develop more Slow Money businesses (farms). They connect people and food with the impact that has on land and environment. -- this business can be found at: Princeton, MN 763-260-0209 john@sfa-mn.org sfa-mn.org

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                                    • Commonwealth Solutions

                                      PO Box 96 West Hyannisport, MA 02672 Commonwealth Solutions mission is to enable people and organizations to define and achieve their goals through relationships that affirm their responsibility to society, benefit future generations, and promote human dignity. Their clients--in Barnstable County, Mass, population 220,000, are small farmers, who are either certified organic or in the process of becoming certified, and organizations serving at-risk youth. The business they wish to grow is through the Cape Cod Justice for Youth Collaborative, termed "new Horizons" whose goal is to develop, over five years, an "Agora" marketplace owned and operated by former inmates at…

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                                      • Cville Foodscapes

                                        Worker's owned "foodscaping" business installing veggie gardens - harkens back to the Victory Gardens of the past. This awesome business aims to be a model of food sustainability and alternatives to capitalist economics. Its members are very generous in sharing their skills with others. Plus, the business has partnered with a local nonprofit to offer scholarships for low-income families that need extra support getting their gardens started. -- this business can be found at: Charlottesville, Virginia 4348066255 info@cvillefoodscapes.com http://www.cvillefoodscapes.com/

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                                        • startorganic

                                          StartOrganic is a company that builds and maintains gardens in the San Jose area. Not only is this allowing people who can't/don't know how to garden to eat the most local food possible, they are also facilitating free produce exchanges amongst these clients. This has already extended into the community and they now promote community based free trade farmers markets where people can come and grab free, local, fresh produce that would normally go to waste.

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