Tio Foods is a recently established local food business that has developed a specialty line of locally grown, vegan, gluten and lactose free, drinkable raw food gazpachos that are a healthful, savory, and lower sugar alternative to fast food, junk food, snacks, fruit shakes and smoothies. Based on a Mediterranean recipe from Spain that aimed to fully utilize the bountiful harvests of summer, Tio Gazpacho comes in personal-sized 16 oz. bottles and is available at Farmers’ Markets, for delivery through their website and at special events.
Tio Foods is located in Miami Beach, with customers throughout South East Florida. This business gives impeccable attention to values and ethics, and is currently seeking to expand the scale of its gazpacho production and sales operations while maintaining a firm commitment to “do no harm” to the earth, animals or humans through its food, sourcing and production. In fact, Tio Foods is set to be a 100% organic operation by later this year.
Tio Foods has the business, marketing and production infrastructure to continue its small scale operations, but would like some assistance from the LiFE Summit design team on how best to grow its capacity and its existing network of client restaurants, non profits and growers. Already, Tio Foods is well placed to serve as a model that encourages the values of local, sustainably-grown foods to flourish in the Greater Everglades bioregion.
Register for the 2014 Local Food Enterprise Summit: A Financial Permaculture Convergence by March 15th to reserve your spot on one of the interactive design teams with a 10% early bird discount.
Help Yourself is a neighborhood hub of sustainable, healthy living that started out as an organic food café in Key West five years ago. When patrons began asking for access to local veggies, grown sustainably, without harmful pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, Help Yourself expanded and opened an accessible organic produce market which they stock strategically with items that their clients use.
In stocking their market, the folks at Help Yourself realized that there really wasn’t a good way to physically move the most local organic produce from the mainland to the tiny sand and limestone islands that make up the Florida Keys, so a distribution component for local organic produce was developed out of necessity.
In addition to its non-GMO, as-organic-as-possible, equal voice, and living wage policies, Help Yourself brings the added value of an old school neighborhood store to it’s operations, serving the needed role of creating a space in which residents and visitors can come together, learn, share and participate in the much needed work of growing a cohesive local food community here in South Florida.
Knowing how much of that growing community work we have still to do here in South Florida, and in support of the developing organic produce distribution network, Help Yourself is looking at the possibilities of adding additional market locations in urban centers throughout Southern Florida. They are asking their design team for input on how best to model their expansion into one or two additional urban markets.
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ExpressedJUICE is a cold pressed juice bottling and distribution company operating out of downtown Miami. They will be launching the business this year with an incredible focus on delivering premium, healthful juices in an energy-efficient, state-of-the-art electric cart that keeps 280 personal sized bottles of juice at optimal chilled temperatures using glycol cells instead of coolant.
These amazing solar-powered electric cooler carts will operate in tandem with a specially designed GPS enabled sales system that ExpressedJUICE will use to track sales patterns so that they supply the right amounts of juice at the just the right times to exact locations. The custom designed app will allow loyal customers to pinpoint the location of active ExpressedJUICE carts in their area (…in so many ways, better than the jingles of an ice cream truck).
This start-up business is looking to forge relationships with local organic, sustainable, permaculture producers/ consumers/ investors and would like to employ a permaculture approach to this digital age business model.
Earth and Sea Farm
Earth & Sea Farm is an aspiring permaculture farm located in the Florida Keys managed by two wise elder farmers who have been providing naturally harvested sea sponge, sea salt, vegetable produce and value added products to a local and national niche market for many years. Using barrier filtration, evaporation trays and long handled rakes, these insightful farmers sustainably harvest two naturally occurring products and may actually be the only salt farmers in Florida.
Owners of Earth & Sea Farm
Earth & Sea is looking to expand the scope of their business by expanding the salt and vegetable farm and also by introducing more Florida residents to the concepts of sustainable farming and permaculture through a co-op like trade system. This dynamic couple has several ideas about how to share their knowledge and resources, and they are seeking input from the LiFE design team on how to choose the best path for their next stage of growth in a way that will provide the greatest positive impact on our community.
Eric Toensmeier leading a financial permaculture design workshop in Miami
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Last month, a call went out to local entrepreneurs that had an interest in stepping up to the plate by participating in the creation of a local food economy in the Greater Everglades.
Each entrepreneurial business had to meet a set of criteria in order for their application to be eligible for the competition: 100% local ownership, 51% locally sourced ingredients, an ecologically sustainable business model, and be in a start up or expansion phase.
These four unique and exciting businesses chosen as design clients for the 2014 LiFE Summit provide the form and shape around which participants will learn, hands-on, how to develop viable business models using these real-life case studies. Learning by experiencing the start-up, launch and expansion of these South Florida businesses, participants will leave with the tools to create local food enterprises in their own homes, communities and bio-regions.
Each design team will converge on one business, with a business content provider leading each group from exploration and information gathering with the business owner at the beginning of the week-long process to presentation of the recommendations to a public audience at week’s end.
The Summit will address economic and ecological challenges of
the 21st century as we explore creating
money cycling, local investments, and
that optimize the local natural systems
and human capacities to implement models of
regenerative business and local resiliency!
We invite you to register today at financialpermaculture.com and reserve your space on a design team that will work to develop real-time solutions for these real-life businesses. There are multiple ways to participate, if you cannot make it the entire week.