Elizabeth Candelario is a seasoned marketer, nonprofit executive, and strategic advocate for biodynamic farmers and brands. She is the managing director of Demeter Association, Inc., the US representative of Demeter International. Elizabeth is also immediate past president and current board member of Stellar Certification Services, one of the nation’s first National Organic Program (NOP)-accredited organic certification companies.
While marketing director at Quivira Vineyards, Elizabeth was personally inspired by biodynamic agriculture’s positive effects on the food we eat and the environment we live in. 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 important regenerative farming method.
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 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 media.