PRESS RELEASE: Finnriver Farm & Cidery Joins the B Corp Movement

Media Contact: Crystie Kisler
crystie@finnriverfarm.com
360-821-9836

Finnriver Farm & Cidery Joins the B Corp Movement;
First Certified B Corporation Cidery in Washington;
Making Business a Force for Good in Chimacum

Finnriver Farm & Cidery, located in the Chimacum Valley on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, is very pleased to announce its certification as a B Corporation, making it the first winery and cidery in Washington State to achieve Certified B Corps status. B Corporations lead the global movement of ‘people using business as a force for good,’ and make a commitment to work for the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. To become a Certified B Corporation, Finnriver undertook the B Impact Assessment, evaluating their company impact in the categories of environment, employment, customers, community and governance; they also revised incorporation documents to reflect Finnriver’s commitment to making a positive social and environmental impact; and they signed the B Corp Declaration of Interdependence required of all B Corps which states,

“As B Corporations…we believe…that all business ought to be conducted as if people and place mattered.  That, through their products, practices and profits, businesses should aspire to do no harm and benefit all…”

B Corporations voluntarily meet higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance and, unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions not only on their shareholders, but also on their stakeholders (e.g., employees, suppliers, community, and the environment).  B Corp certification can be compared to Fair Trade, LEED or Organic certification, but represents a comprehensive commitment to harness the full power of the business to solve social, environmental and economic problems.  Other Washington State Certified B Corporations include Sleeping Lady Resort, Grounds for Change, Culinary Collective and Starvation Alley Farms.

Becoming a Certified B Corporation reinforces Finnriver’s mission to ‘serve the land with cider’ through organic agriculture, farmland preservation, renewable energies, habitat restoration, and community outreach, education and celebration.  Finnriver is also engaged in innovative community financing thanks to visionary local investors committed to a rural economic revival.

“We’re very gratified to be part of the B Corp movement,” said Crystie Kisler,  co-founder of Finnriver along with her husband Keith Kisler and business partner Eric Jorgensen.  “In order to align our principles with our process and our products, we wanted to undergo a more thorough self-assessment and measure ourselves according to a respected standard. Through B Corps certification, we were able to learn more about ourselves and about how we can continue to grow a company that is good for our crew, our community and the earth.”
Finnriver Co-owners Eric Jorgensen, and Crystie and Kieth Kisler

Finnriver Co-owners Eric Jorgensen, and Crystie and Kieth Kisler

Finnriver currently grows an array of organic produce and grains, and also produces a nationally distributed line of farm crafted hard ciders and fruit wines made from organic fruit.   Finnriver is in the process of relocating their production facilities and public ‘cider garden’ to a centrally-located 50-acre historic dairy farm at the Chimacum crossroads, and is collaborating with other agricultural entrepreneurs, economic development partners and conservation organizations. Community partners include the Organic Seed Alliance, Essential Blooms, Jefferson Land Trust, North Olympic Salmon Coalition, WSU Sustainable Seed Systems, the PT CoLab and the North Olympic Development Council. The Finnriver Orchard will be rural community gathering place offering fresh, local food and live music, along with educational tours and group events; a working farm growing organic apples, grains and mixed produce; and a food/drink production and processing hub.  Finnriver is also working with Power Trip Energy in Port Townsend and received a USDA REAP grant (Rural Energy Assistance Program) to install a large solar energy system at the new facilities. Finnriver’s goal is to establish a model farm and cidery where rural economic development, ecological restoration and organic agriculture can all converge and thrive.

Crystie Kisler states, "We started Finnriver because we wanted to create a viable, organic farm-based business that would help revive the local food/farm community and help restore people's connection to the land that sustains us.  The cidery then evolved from our quest to diversify and create more economic stability for the farm. Now the farm and cidery are on interconnected paths and both are working hard to grow good things for this community. We feel we are still getting started and that there is so much good work ahead!"

Finnriver’s full B Impact Report is available to the public here: https://www.bcorporation.net/community/finnriver-farm-and-cidery

About Finnriver Farm and Cidery
The Finnriver crew currently works on two farms in the Chimacum Valley, totaling over 80 acres of organic fields and orchards situated along a restored salmon stream.  Both farms are under permanent conservation easements with the Jefferson Land Trust, protecting their vital soils and riparian habitat in perpetuity. While their farm is remote, they're honored to be on the forefront of the Pacific Northwest hard cider revival and are committed to producing both traditional and innovative hard ciders using premium, organic ingredients while maintaining an authentically farmcrafted and land-based operation. They source organic apples from across Washington state and grow their own organic orchard of over 4000 trees, with 20 varieties of heirloom and traditional cider apple varieties. They aspire to serve the land with cider, by caring for their soils, watershed and community while crafting award-winning premium ciders. Their ciders are a tribute to old hard cider traditions but also offer an approachable, fresh perspective on the possibilities of the fermented apple.  Learn more at:http://www.finnriver.com

About B Corp & B Lab
Certified B Corporations 1) meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance; 2) legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests; and 3) build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. There are over 1,500 Certified B Corporations from more than 120 industries in nearly 50 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business. B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.  Learn more at: https://www.bcorporation.net


The B Corp Declaration of Interdependence:

We envision a global economy that uses business as a force for good.
This economy is comprised of a new type of corporation – the B Corporation – Which is purpose-driven and creates benefit for all stakeholders, not just shareholders.
As B Corporations and leaders of this emerging economy, we believe:
That we must be the change we seek in the world.
That all business ought to be conducted as if people and place mattered.
That, through their products, practices, and profits, businesses should aspire to do no harm and benefit all.
To do so requires that we act with the understanding that we are each dependent upon another and thus responsible for each other and future generations.

 
For more information, contact: Crystie Kisler -  crystie@finnriverfarm.com - 360-821-9836