Tom Newmark spent fourteen years in the natural products industry, helping to build New Chapter into a premier brand in the natural retail channel. Proctor & Gamble purchased New Chapter about seven years ago, and since that time Tom has focused on environmental activism with specific attention on regenerative agriculture.
Tom is the co-owner of Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, an organic and biodynamic farm and ecolodge in the mountainous rainforest of Costa Rica that teaches regenerative agriculture. www.fincalunanuevalodge.com Finca Luna Nueva has a holistically managed dairy and extensive agroecological plantings of cacao, vanilla, black pepper, ginger, turmeric, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and more than 300 other tropical fruits and spices.
He is the co-founder and board chair of The Carbon Underground, co-founder of the Soil Carbon Initiative and a founding member of that standard’s Design Team, past board chair of the Greenpeace Fund USA, and a founding member of the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative of California State University – Chico. He is also the past board chair of the America Botanical Council, publisher of the peer-reviewed journal HerbalGram. In his past he was also a corporate attorney and entrepreneur, from which he claims to be recovering.
Tom and his wife Terry live much of the year at their farm in Costa Rica, and the remainder of the year they are up in the States tracking down their five children and a growing gaggle of grandchildren.