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Our Company & Community

Imlak’esh Organics is a sustainable, intentional company that specializes in the import and distribution of superfoods ethically sourced from small-scale organic farmers around the world.

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We are committed to working directly with farmers, cooperatives, and like-minded companies to grow abundance for all people on the planet. Imlak’esh strives to build a synergy between local agricultural economies and the global marketplace; providing living wages and socio-economic opportunities for international and US farmers alike.

Our business is guided by a team of inspired, funky superfood pioneers who value environmental preservation, social justice, and healthy living. We want to promote a lifestyle of gratitude, intention, and integrity that centers around the nutrition we choose for our bodies.

Our Mission

To provide the highest quality organic, sustainably harvested foods to nourish the people and provide living wages and socio-economic opportunities for small farmers.

“We must strive to preserve the Earth’s abundance for future generations.”

“ im•lâk•kesh ”

Thank you to the Earth, the soil, the farmers, the sun, and the whole human family.

We believe to do well by Ourselves,
we must do well by all Others

Our company name derives from K’iche’, an ancient Mayan language originating in Guatemala.  The word imlak’esh means we are all reflections of one another:

“within you another me,
& within me another you” 

      — take it as a variation of namaste

The concept of Imlak’esh reflects a deep interconnectivity between all elements of our planet.  We embody this concept through the way we see our relationship with the world.  By promoting respect, love and integrity from source to shelf, we pay gratitude all the way down the line.

Hear our story

The story of Imlak’esh starts as many good stories do: with a backpack and a one-way ticket. When Tucker (Imlak’esh Co-Founder) quit his job and left for South America, it was thanks to a life-changing experience; after incorporating superfoods into his diet, he watched his body and mind transform, leaving him with vibrant health and wellness he had never experienced before. He realized the healing power of these incredible foods, and set off on a mission to Peru to find them at their source.

From the chilly highlands to the depths of the rainforest, Tucker was struck by the sheer abundance that surrounded him. He spent months traveling the country connecting with farmers and suppliers- learning from cacao growers in the cloud forest, traveling to remote villages and living with Shapibo Indians in the Amazon.

He saw the incredible quality of foods being grown, but also a prevailing struggle: the inability of small producers to access domestic and international markets. Here lay an opportunity, and the Imlak’esh mission was born: to create a direct line of trade that would bring the highest quality superfoods directly from source to shelf, creating sustainable livelihoods for those who grew them.

Thanks to a background in permaculture, Tucker knew the importance of sustainability. He set off in search of foods grown with the most earth-friendly practices possible: organic and wild crafted superfoods grown to support reforestation and polycultural projects. He connected with family farms, co-operatives and small producers he could be sure would not only safeguard the planet, but its people too, paying them a fair wages and upholding their rights.

Tucker returned to California where, with Co-Founder Philip, they started Imlak’esh Organics. They designed eco-friendly packaging, built a certified vegan kitchen, hired an amazing team of superfood revolutionaries and began selling organic superfoods up and down the Californian coast. Since selling their very first jar of cacao at a local market, Imlak’esh has grown beyond their expectations. They have been able to give back to communities both at home and in South America, strengthen their sources and find powerful new foods from Peru and beyond. The adventure continues- thank you for joining us on our mission to bring healing superfoods to the people!

Company Values

Imlak’esh is guided by informed, passionate people who stand strongly aside others who value the environment, health, and community.  

From sourcing to production, we make our business decisions with the highest integrity and operate in a cooperative-model to ensure that our values are never compromised.

Sustainability

From production to the office, we embody the lifestyle that strives to promotes healthy living while reducing our environmental and socio-economic impact on the planet.

We invest great intention into our sourcing, packaging, and business partnerships to ensure we are operating as responsibly as possible.

Our Team

Equality, respect, and open communication are the foundation of our company.  

Over time we have built a team of ambitious, caring individuals who all understand and support our company mission.  With their energy, and the support of our community, we have made a positive impact on the world around us.

Other interesting things about us:

Food Truck

Food Truck

We love to serve people foods that make you feel amazing!

Our food truck is an outlet for our team to share a part of our culture with others. Our unique, organic menu is inspired by healthy living.

UCSB Alumni

UCSB Alumni

Santa Barbara and the University greatly influenced Imlak’esh Organics.

Our founders are UCSB Alumni that graduated under the Environmental Studies Department.

Gratitude

Group Gratitude

Our team and community have a practice of sharing our daily Gratitude with each other.

During communal meals & watching the sunset, we reflect on our purpose & values.

Local Foods

Local Foods

As a business we choose to support local farmers and other businesses.

For events and office meals, we serve seasonal organic produce sourced from local farms.

You must really be interested…

At Imlak’esh we embrace open, transparent communication.  It is our delight and honor to inform our community who we support and what we stand for.  We want to share our entire journey with the public, and we are so happy that there are people like you who are eager to read about us.

Get in Contact

Even after all this text, we still have more to share.  If you have any other questions or concerns — or even just some good-intentioned advice — make the effort and let us know!

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Job Opportunities

Applications are always being accepted for posted positions.  We are all eager to invite other passionate, superfood pioneers into the team.  If you feel like you are a good fit, please reach out.

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