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Rachel Greenberger

Founders of Leading-Edge Cooperative Organic Valley Come to Babson

“Business is all about relationships,” the CEO said. We were not in a classroom or theater listening to a man in a suit. We were seated around a sun-drenched table in the Blank Center co-working space listening to a back-to-the-land hippie farmer who thirty years ago started CROPP (Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools), parent…

Seventh Babson Food Day

Quite a lot has changed since Food Sol launched six years ago – both across the food industry (from field to fork it’s been interrupted and redesigned) as well as in food education (who teaches what and to whom). When we started, annual events that celebrated farming, food, access, sustainability, justice, animal welfare, and culture…

Rachel Greenberger

Teaching Food Entrepreneurship

The Class of 2017 had more food-focused students than I’d yet seen in 6 years at Babson. This sudden uptick fueled my desire to teach them and boosted my confidence that if I offered a course in food entrepreneurship, it might have a shot at running. Run it did. Last September, twenty-five MBAs signed up…

Rachel Greenberger

Summer Fancy Food Show 2017

As we have for the past three years, next week Food Sol will bring a cohort of Babson MBAs to the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York, the largest specialty food industry trade show in North America. Through our relationships at Specialty Food Association (organizers and hosts of the Show), we are able to…

The Lewis Institute

What Do Regenerative Organic Farmers and MBA Students Have in Common?

By Evadne Cokeh, Andrew Franks, Maureen O’Brien, Amanda Roosevelt and Ty Thiele (MBA’17). Each year Patagonia and The Hass School of Business at UC Berkeley host The Patagonia Case Competition that challenges graduate students from across the US to solve one of the company’s real-life sustainability issues. This year’s competition asked students to propose methods for Patagonia to accelerate…

Rachel Greenberger

Last Community Table of the Semester April 11

I’d been hearing about Sonia Lo for a while. Her company FreshBox Farms had a booth at Babson Food Day last October, and she has spoken at food events around town. But I finally got to meet her and hear her speak when Cheryl Kiser and I were asked to co-create part of Museum of…

Rachel Greenberger

Cooking Lessons: Christina Wang

As in cooking, entrepreneurship starts with a vision. Someone gives you a recipe (which you may or may not follow), and you begin collecting ingredients. Some you already have. Others you have to go out and find. Then you observe, experiment, practice, improvise, manage and, eventually you hope, create. Cooking Lessons is a new small-bite…

The Lewis Institute

Honoring 2017 Babson Rising Stars

Each year at Babson’s Celebrating Achievements in Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® ceremony, Rising Star entrepreneurs are recognized for their accomplishments in creating economic and social value. These individuals have founded or co-founded businesses that are less than 10 years old, are making an impact in their marketplace, and are generating significant media attention. We could…

Future Food: Urban Ag + Ag Tech

Next Wednesday, Food Sol will host a panel discussion on urban agriculture and agricultural technology. It would take some time to list all the reasons why this is important. Suffice it to say that agricultural innovation, under which both topics lie, influences technology, healthcare, construction and infrastructure, city planning and policy, renewables and sustainability, industrial…

From Waste to Taste: The Story of Fabanaise

By Laura Villevieille, Head of Product Development for Sir Kensington’s. At Sir Kensington’s we never launch a product unless we can make it better, and the vegan mayonnaise category was one we saw ready for improvement. We noticed a disconnect between the experience offered in the refrigerated, vegan mayonnaise set, and the one offered in…