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Kyle Garner is the CEO of Organic India USA. Organic India is a leading mission-driven manufacturer of herb-based wellness teas and functional supplements based on the principles of Ayurvedic medicine. Kyle joined Organic India USA in April 2015 following 3 years as CEO of New Chapter, Inc. in Brattleboro, VT.
Kyle joined New Chapter in June 2012 following the acquisition by Procter & Gamble. Under his leadership, the New Chapter brand scaled-up in all facets including sales, marketing, scientific research, certifications, and innovation. New Chapter was the first supplement brand to achieve full line non-GMO project verification. Kyle also led the process for New Chapter to achieve B Corp certification in February 2014.
Kyle began his career with P&G working in Consumer and Market Insights for the Fabric Care business in 1998. He subsequently served in a variety of roles on both the consumer and retail sides of the P&G business. He moved into P&G Health Care in 2009 where he played a leadership role in the development of a Joint Venture with Teva Pharmaceuticals and the acquisition of the New Chapter business. Kyle earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in May 1998 and was recruited to P&G shortly after.
Kyle lives in Boulder, CO with his wife (Maggie), 7-year-old son (Oscar), 3-year-old daughter (Audrey), and giant, fluffy dog (Belle). In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, beer, and making pickles.
Some highlights from Kevin’s interview with Kyle include:
The history of Organic India as an enterprise that arose out of a spiritual journey and the recognition of potential to stack multiple value-generating opportunities in the context of the suicide epidemic in India – an outgrowth of agriculture’s green revolution – by linking support for farmers’ emotional/psychological/physical/financial health while, healing the landscape, while generating supply of Ayurvedic healing herbs untainted by agrochemicals
Kyle’s journey integrating his skills with connecting to his deepest sense of purpose – from taking New Chapter through B Corp certification to joining Organic India supporting their journey into the certified B Corp community and ongoing beneficial impact
The priorities of Organic India in serving farmers by provision of education, healthcare, land ownership, insurance, energy, and access to water via conservation hydrology
How the Organic India supports local self-determination by undergirding local food security through trust, fair trade wages, and crop rotation as a means to diversify farmers’ revenue streams with products that can be sold locally while still opening up a channel for them to access a global market which reinforces the capacity to pay well
Organic Valley’s perspectives on regenerative agriculture and current initiatives and barriers to realizing the organization’s values in this dimension
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Kevin Bayuk works at the intersection of ecology and economy where permaculture design meets next economy organizations intent on meeting human needs while enhancing the conditions conducive to all life. He is a co-founder and partner with LIFT Economy, the Senior Financial Fellow at Project Drawdown and a founding partner of the Urban Permaculture Institute. LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life. You can follow Kevin on Twitter @kevinbayuk or email him firstname.lastname@example.org.