March 2019 PDM

March 14, 2019
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
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500 Flatiron Blvd
Broomfield, CO 80021


Professional Development Meeting

Thursday, March 14th

Location: Renaissance Flatirons

Stolen Sustainability

Greenwashing in Agriculture - What we don't Know

Speaker: Andrew Lewis


What is Greenwashing?  When companies claim through advertising and other methods to be healthy or sustainable.  We’ve all had our suspicions.  We have a section in CSCP to discuss it.  We know its happening and most of the time we can even spot the advertising ploys designed to fool us. But what is really going on?  Isn’t it about time somebody close to the issue provided facts and details about Greenwashing.  We are hosting Alan Lewis because there are backlashes to deceptive business practices and it would be best to know what is going on before our supply chain gets hit.


Alan Lewis is going to give us a front line look at what is going on in the food and agriculture world with facts and plain understanding so we can form our own opinion.


Alan Lewis navigates government affairs and food and agriculture policy for Natural Grocers, a Colorado based health food chain founded in 1955 with over 150 stores in 19 states. He also oversees organic certification and compliance while supporting the development of small local food producers. At the federal, state and local level, Alan engages on food, agriculture, nutrition, rural economic development, trade and health issues. Alan is active in several trade and advocacy organizations and has been a speaker and panelist at many events, including a talk at TEDx Boulder in 2014. Long a student of political activism, his focus is on communicating with stakeholders using frameworks that are non-confrontational and inclusive. Alan has lived oversees for extended periods, which lends to his understanding agriculture in varying social and political contexts. Alan serves as an adviser to dozens of food, natural product, and tech start-ups across the country as part of his effort to reinvigorate regional food systems, rural economies, and local supply chains.


Grilled Beef Top Sirloin – chimichurri and oven roasted tomatoes


Crisp fava Bean Cakes with kale, pickled onions and cucumber yogurt sauce


Chocolate Mousse Parfait

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General Information Regarding Monthly Professional Development Meetings

Professional development meetings are made available to members and non-members monthly from September through November and January through May each fiscal year. They are usually held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at varying locations in the greater Denver metro-area.  Make sure you check the dates below as the day of the week may vary. The meeting activities and times are listed below. Please check the monthly newsletter for special events or changes to the usual schedule.

5:30pm - 6:30 pm Networking & Registration
6:30pm Dinner
7:30pm Business Meeting
7:45pm Speaker

You may register for the meeting at  Registration fee can be processed on the website via a non-refundable credit card transaction, or at the meeting via credit card, cash or check.

In addition, reservations may be made by calling 303-421-0797 by Noon on Friday prior to the meeting.

The cost is: $40.00 Members $10.00 Students
                  $45.00 Non-members , $30.00 Speaker only with no meal.

Don't miss this important opportunity to network with professional colleagues and hear excellent speakers.

There is a $100 Giveaway Drawing at each meeting. To be eligible you must be a Colorado Chapter 81 member in good standing. If your name is drawn, you must be present at the meeting to win.