February 27, 2015
The folks at Imlak’esh Organics are more than just a team — they’re a family —a family of sun-worshipping, nature-loving, Downward Dog’ing, passionate foodies.
They’re out to create a more sustainable and caring future for the world from their beautiful ocean and mountain-surrounded Santa Barbara headquarters.
The word “Imlak’esh” actually is derived from an ancient Mayan phrase which roughly translates to “We are all reflections of one another.” This namesake comes from the founder, Tucker Garrison, who experienced a transformative 7-month stay in the Amazonian rainforest.
Garrison lived with the indigenous peoples in their homes and saw firsthand the medicinal properties of superfoods. Upon this “Aha!” moment, he ventured back to the U.S. and embarked on a mission to create “Imlak’esh.” With this experience in mind, Imlak’esh’s mission was formed: to seek out the best quality foods with the most ethical sourcing possible, to source “superfoods for the people.”
This spirit of “Imlak’esh” is evident in every aspect of Imlak’esh’s company culture. They prize utilizing business practices that are not only great for consumers, but great for the environment, as well.
Imlak’esh aims to embody this spirit in every step of their supply chain by giving back to:
Photo credit: Paul Delmont
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Ashley has spent the last decade in Beijing, Sydney, Kumasi, Pamplona, and Jakarta. She has worked with organizations of every size, including the Sampoerna Foundation, the first social enterprise in Indonesia, and the Coaching Fellowship, an international community of coaches dedicated to helping young women reach their full potential.
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