Environmental and social advocate Elizabeth Candelario is President of Demeter USA, the nation’s only certifier of Biodynamic® farms and products and a member of Demeter International, the planet’s oldest ecological certification organization.
Biodynamic agriculture is the original organic and regenerative farming system that has been practiced around the world since 1928. It views the farm as a closed system, and is keenly focused on building soil fertility, seeking on-farm solutions for disease, pest and weed control, promoting biodiversity, and restoring watersheds. Demeter’s vision is to heal the planet through agriculture. Demeter has been certifying cannabis for the past three years.
Elizabeth believes passionately in the role of business to drive social mission. Employing thirty-five years’ experience in marketing, business development and non-profit management, Elizabeth utilizes social entrepreneurship to grow the Biodynamic marketplace in this country by connecting and inspiring the retailers, brands, farmers, and supply chain stakeholders needed to make it happen. This work is emboldened by consumers who are demanding quality, transparency, and purpose-driven narratives in the food they eat, the cannabis they consume, and the brands they support.
A highly-sought after speaker, Elizabeth has presented at the New Hope Network’s Expo West and Expo East, National Press Club, Lifestyle of Health and Wellness (LOHAS), Organic Monitor’s Sustainable Food Summit, Slow Money’s Annual Conference, Organic Spa Magazine’s Annual Conference, Eco-Farm, the International Beauty Show, and others. Elizabeth’s articles have been published in national media outlets and she has appeared on television, radio, and in print.
Elizabeth was personally inspired by Biodynamic agriculture’s positive effects on the food we eat and the environment we live in while marketing director at Quivira Vineyards. There, she experienced first-hand the wine estate’s transition from conventional to Biodynamic farming. Elizabeth joined Demeter in 2008 to assist in expanding awareness about this tried and true regenerative farming method.