Dakota Beef LLC is committed to uniting its producers, employees, chefs, retailers and distributors to deliver the most tender and flavorful certified organic beef products to health-conscious consumers. In accomplishing this mission, we will preserve and protect our environmental resources, contribute in a meaningful way to our communities and earn a fair return on our business investment.
The Dakota Beef Story – Scott Lively, the Founder of Dakota Beef, was visiting his wifeâ€™s hometown in South Dakota when he learned that one of its largest employers was closing down. He was hoping to find a way to create jobs for the local community when he came upon the idea of launching a certified organic beef company. Find out how the concept of Dakota Beef became a reality.
About Mark D. Plunkett – Seattle Aquarium Conservation Coordinator:
Mark D. Plunkett is the Conservation Coordinator for the Seattle Aquarium. The Seattle Aquarium is wealth of undersea information for educators, kids, parents and visitors. Here’s your chance to get face-to-fin with marine life. Through specialized teacher programs, field trip opportunities, events and other marine resources, everyone can learn to share the knowledge and encourage the protection of the Sound that surrounds us all.
The heartbeat of hands-on marine experience and preservation education in the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Aquarium offers fun, exciting ways to discover more about the amazing Puget Sound that surrounds you!
Mark D. Plunkett Education:
M.S. Biology, Western Washington Univ., 1980
B.S. Biology, cum laude, Seattle Pacific Univ., 1978
About Matthew Freeman-Gleason and Environmental Home Center:
Freeman-Gleason’s (Chief Knowledge Officer) vision and expansive background has been instrumental in building the company. Today, as chief knowledge officer, he develops the knowledge base and knowledge management systems and, working closely with internal and external technology departments, integrates these systems into a sustainable building materials information-sharing network. Freeman-Gleason also works on the product expansion team and with Built-e’s editor, develops the information contained in the company’s Web site. With his extensive product knowledge, Freeman-Gleason routinely interfaces with Built-e staff and customers on sustainable building materials and practices.
Freeman-Gleason founded Enviresource in 1991 and served as president until June 2000. He opened the first Environmental Home Center (EHC) facility on Bainbridge Island, Washington in 1992 and expanded it to its current Seattle location in 1995 during which time Freeman-Gleason exercised complete responsibility for the retail store, including purchasing, warehouse, merchandising, staff hiring, customer service and financial control.. Prior to his role at EHC, Freeman-Gleason worked as a carpenter, contractor and wooden boat builder as well as retail management experience in the liquor/wine industry.
Freeman-Gleason is a frequent speaker at architectural and design seminars and conferences, as well as government and educational forums where he speaks about SBM, indoor air quality, resource efficiency and implementation of sustainable methods in the built environment. Freeman-Gleason was recently an instructor in the American Lung Association Healthy Home Program.
Freeman-Gleason earned his BS in physical geography from State University of New York at Buffalo.
Full Circle Farm is a 140 acre certified organic produce farm located in Carnation, Washington along the banks of Griffin Creek and the Snoqualmie River. We cultivate over 75 varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs ranging from bunched greens and baby vegetables to specialty herbs and flowers (edible and ornamental).
Andrew Stout and Wendy Munroe started farming on 3 acres in 1996, with a love of growing and the need to get involved with the community. Full Circle has become not just a farm, but also a small-scale distributor of sorts, teaming up with other local growers to provide companion crops.
A heartfelt thank you to Lisa DiMartino, Marketing VP at Environmental Home Center, for taking the time to speak with us. She was gracious, open and informative, and a pleasure to talk to. Of particular interest was Forest Stewardship Council at www.fsc.org, an international organization promoting environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of forests throughout the world. The linoleum Lisa spoke of is called natural linoleum, a durable, antibacterial and antistatic (repels dust) flooring and countertop material made of natural, renewable products (linseed oil, wood flour, pine resin, and pigments with a plant fiber backing). The only downside is it is manufactured overseas in Europe rather than locally, leaving the level of transportation impact to be desired.
How long before some industrious, environmentally minded person on this side of the ocean taps this market? Denim insulation? How cool is that? While off-gas was mentioned the term itself was left undefined. Off-gas is the vaporization of chemicals (ex. urea-formaldehyde) from materials and substances (carpets, paints, particle board, etc.) into the immediate surroundings and environment. Off-gas has long been suspected of respiratory illness and other maladies.
I hope to speak with Lisa, again, and some of the other fine people at Environmental Home Center (www.environmentalhomecenter.com) doing their best to better live in this world. The wood I spoke of with the fire rating of cement seems to grow more obscure with each telling. Maybe it was just a sample piece. Maybe it was just a section of my mosaic memory.
The world we have made as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far creates problems that we cannot solve at the same level as the level we created them at (Einstein).
This is the most significant, timeless axiom Iâ€™ve ever come across. Whether on a social or personal level, this saying proves to be profound and heralds a turning point. Sometimes great labors produce revolutionary methods to address an impasse. It could have be the thought Newton encountered before he invented calculus. Other instances find an almost Zen-like, no-mind state where an uninhibited condition is open to a new perception. Einstein, himself, said he was at a very calm stage when the Theory of Relativity struck.
The invaluable, self-evident truth this quote offers and how desperately needed it is in this day and age becomes painfully obvious with the reading of any newspaper worth a damn. The days of our collective impact on the world merely drifting downstream or being absorbed by natureâ€™s regenerative processes cannot serve as the placebos that once sufficed an uniformed people. Our concoctions are too toxic. Our transports are archaic. Our methods are dated. Our numbers are too great. We cannot live downstream from many of our factories. We cannot drive the combustible engine forever. We cannot endlessly bury waste, deplete the soils, pollute the air and water in the Manifest Destiny/ Industrial Revolution manner all the while increasing the world population 6% to 7% annually.
Our way of life based on the present level of thinking is creating problems that cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we created them at. We cannot simply build a better combustible engine. Oil is a limited resource and running a car in an enclosed area will still kill you. MTBE, an additive to gasoline in the late 20th century, seeped into ground water in some areas rendering the regionâ€™s drinking water unsafe. A suicide gene? Excuse me. What kind of mind thinks a crop genetically engineered to die is a good idea, never mind containable? What kind of world are we bequeathing to the children of tomorrow, or today, for that matter? How bad does it have to get? Critical Mass â€“ the point at which the trend and tendencies of events becomes irreversible.
A new level of thinking is required. An alternative. The fields of alternative energy, sustainable resources, and organic agriculture are steps in the right direction. Will we still have an impact? Yes, but these are systems designed to work with nature. Once we become knowledgeable of our situation it is our obligation to act accordingly. It is naÃ¯ve and irresponsible to believe otherwise, to believe nature can simply deal with our exploitative and arrogant methods. For those who believe we are separate or distinct from nature, try living without it.
A polarity in society has galvanized a disconnect between people. Positions are marinated in certitude of their virtues, deafening them to any opposing viewpoints, blinding them to ideas that didnâ€™t originate from within their doctrine. In short, there is very little listening in todayâ€™s discourse. This deficiency is the beginning of the degeneration of communication. For discussion to work effectively, to result in anything productive it must contain listening. When parties involved, whether opposing or amiable, cease to listen, communication has broken down and the conversation has essentially ended.
This self-inflicted deafness that brings about the end of communication also initiates the loss of the art of discussion. Conversations devoid of listening become either conflicts filled with ridicule or speeches filled with condescension, rife with sound bites. In this manner we loose the meaning of discussion â€“ the capacity to convey ourselves. Listening is the key. Without it the environment wherein we can live together, must live together, is jeopardized.
Organically Grown was formed in 1978 as a support organization for Oregonâ€™s organic farmers
Since 1982 OGC has served as the largest wholesaler of organic fruits, vegetables and herbs in the Pacific Northwest. We provide service to a broad spectrum of accounts, including natural and fine foods retailers, supermarket chains, restaurants, juicing companies, food processors and other wholesalers.
As a business created by farmers, OGC continues to work closely with the northwestâ€™s growers to supply local communities with high-quality produce. Our own LADYBUG Brand represents the efforts of 36 local farms who supply us with over 120 different fruits and vegetables in seasons.
Utilizing the advantages that a small trade system offers, we purchase over 90% of our product line directly from the growers. Typically, our trucks move highly perishable items from farms, through our facilities, and out to accounts within days. Our line consists of the broadest offering of organic produce available, usually over 200 items. You will find that organic produce today is as attractive and well-packed as its conventional counterpart while offering superior flavors and strong promotional advantages.
OGCâ€™s marketing staff have been active in all aspects of our trade. As growers, wholesalers, retailers and brokers, we use our experience to help our accounts establish and maintain high-quality organic produce programs. We understand that the growth of the organic foods trade requires that the same values used to produce organic foods are used in conducting the business of selling them. Our approach to business emphasizes long-term relationships and the concept of â€œvalueâ€. We provide accurate descriptions of product quality and pricing that reflects the productâ€™s value.
As we see it, our job isnâ€™t simply selling produce, itâ€™s assisting in the development of successful organic produce programs. Weâ€™re in the business of providing a food supply that is healthier for people and the environment, and one that assures you of all the color, aromas, and flavors that organic fruits and vegetables deliver.