Singing Dog Vanilla to be featured at September What’s for Dinner local food event
Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is pleased to announce it will be featuring Singing Dog Vanilla at our next What’s for Dinner fundraising event, set for September 19, 2015.
Singing Dog Vanilla founders Bill Wiedmann and Marty Parisien came up with the idea for this business while traveling throughout the Pacific Islands assisting farmers with marketing, finance, and productivity improvements. Marty had read Seth Godin’s book Purple Cow. In the book, Godin writes, “But vanilla is boring. You can’t build a fast-growing company around vanilla.” When he read that Marty thought, “What a great idea! Build a company around vanilla.” At the same time Bill and Marty were introduced to a village in Papua New Guinea that grows vanilla. And they decided to build a vanilla company that shares profits with the vanilla farmers, creates healthy vanilla products, and a happy vanilla crew.
We are thrilled to be working with this Spring City company who follows CRaG (Clean, Rave, and Green) Rules when developing new vanilla products:
- Clean: They find the best ingredients they can. Organic, non-GMO, high quality.
- Rave: The finished product needs to be something that fans will rave about. Singing Dog Vanilla believes there is no point in introducing a product that is just mediocre.
- Green: They do their best to use the most sustainable packaging, re-use consumables such as cardboard, and reduce landfill by using materials such as cornstarch packing material, using compostable inner packaging, and providing reusable tea bags.
According to their website, Singing Dog Vanilla “works with hundreds of vanilla growing families throughout Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. We of course pay them for their vanilla beans and we also share with them a percentage of the sale of the vanilla products that use their vanilla beans. We call this program Fair Trade Plus+®. Our products are sold in the USA, New Zealand, Japan, and Australia.”
Fair Trade Plus+ ® is a partnership between family farmers and the companies that bring the farm’s produce to market. This partnership allows the farmers to share in the profits of the final, value-added product made from their farm produce. In exchange for sharing a percentage of profits with the farmers, the farmers agree to practice organic and sustainable growing methods. Read more about Fair Trade Plus on the Singing Dog Vanilla website: https://www.singingdogvanilla.com/what-is-fair-trade-plus.php.
Stay tuned to find out which Singing Dog Vanilla products will be featured at our event. For more information about our farm to table dinner, please visit www.camphillkimberton.org/whatsfordinner.