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Arnold Coombs
Coombs Family Farms

Arnold Coombs is the seventh generation of the Coombs family to practice the craft of sugaring. His first stop after coming home from the hospital as a newborn wasn’t a crib – it was the sugarhouse where his father was boiling down the sap into maple syrup. Not surprisingly, Arnold was tapping Maple trees himself by the time he was eight. Today, as the head of Coombs Family Farms, Arnold is one of the maple industry’s greatest advocates for sustainable and organic maple farmers. He also likes to sell a bit of maple!

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Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez
Back To The Roots

In a college class, we learned mushrooms could grow entirely on spent coffee grounds. After watching hours of how-to videos and turning our fraternity kitchen into a big science experiment, we eventually decided to give up our corporate job offers to instead become full-time mushroom farmers. What started as curiosity about urban farming has turned into a passion to Undo Food™ and reconnect families back to where it comes from through fun and delicious ready to grow and ready to eat products.

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Dr. Andrew Abraham
Orgain®

When Dr. Andrew Abraham was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 17, one of the biggest challenges he encountered was nutrition. The aggressive treatment made Andrew nauseous and he dropped to an alarming 100 pounds.

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Andy and Rachel Berliner
Amy's Kitchen

Andy and Rachel Berliner are the co-founders of Amy's Kitchen, the nation's leading source of organic and non-GMO convenience food. The couple got the idea one night in 1987 when Andy brought home what he describes as a 'horrible' ready-made meal for Rachel.

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Barry Cik
Naturepedic

Barry Cik is the founder of Naturepedic. An environmental engineer by trade published in his field, Barry founded Naturepedic after an eye-opening experience shopping for crib mattresses. Sent out by his wife prior to the birth of his first grandchild, Barry was shocked by the chemicals and questionable materials in the crib mattresses he found.

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Matt McLean
Uncle Matt's Organic

The real-life uncle to ten nieces and nephews, Matt McLean ventured into the organic juice business in 1999 with a passion for healthy living as well as a long family history of growing citrus in Florida.

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Nick Papadopoulos
CropMobster, Bloomfield Organics & Food Waste News

While pitching in on his family’s farm Bloomfield Organics, Nick Papadopoulos saw a problem. He saw stunning and nutritious organic produce going unsold and uneaten. Instead of feeding people it was going to the compost and chicken coop!

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Nora Pouillon
Restaurant Nora

Nora is a pioneer and champion of organic, environmentally conscious cuisine. Born in Vienna, Austria, Nora came to Washington, D.C., in the late 1960s. She was shocked to discover the processed, chemical-laden foods Americans were eating, which she realized contributed to their health problems.

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Stephen McDonnell
Applegate

Stephen loves meat. After an affair with vegetarianism, he returned to being an omnivore when he realized not all meat is created equal. It started with seeing nitrite-free bacon and toying with the ...

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Drew and Myra Goodman
Earthbound Farm

Drew and Myra arrived in Carmel Valley, California, with the intention of doing the right thing. For them, this meant devoting themselves to the land organically. They were the first to bring pre-was...

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Shazi Visram
Happy Family

Shazi wanted to make baby food as a mom would, but without spending hours in the kitchen. She found herself in good company with organic farmers and other mothers also wanting healthy food for their ...

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Arran Stephens
Nature’s Path

Always leave the soil better than you found it Arran comes from a heritage of caring for the earth. His father’s mantra, “Always leave the soil better than you found it,” drew Arran to purs...

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Nicole Bernard Dawes
Late July

It began with a pregnant Nicole searching for organic saltines. Nicole’s search led her to partner up with her father, Steve Bernard, a natural-foods leader, to start the organic snack revolution. ...

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Annie Withey
Annie’s Homegrown

Back in 1989, Annie and her friend Andrew Martin started up a small business making healthy macaroni and cheese. For them, it’s about using nature’s ingredients, with no artificial anything, to bring deliciousness to a household favorite.

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Seth Goldman
Honest Tea

Seth started with homemade lemonade stands as a kid. Being an entrepreneur at heart led him to turn the conventional world upside down with initiatives ranging from pioneering a national service prog...

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Gary Hirshberg
Stonyfield Farm

It started with seven cows and a love of yogurt. Founder Samuel Kaymen, a diabetic, experimented in his kitchen to create the perfect yogurt requiring no added sugar. Operations were small, but when ...

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George Siemon
Organic Valley

George hails from a small group of farmers in southwestern Wisconsin who share a love of the land. Back in 1988, the population of family farms was dwindling but the desire for organic foods was on t...

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