Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage
Alan Lewis is director of government affairs and food and agriculture policy for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, a 60-year-old health food chain operating more than 159 stores and counting in 20 states. Mr. Lewis has spearheaded community efforts to advance the mission of Natural Grocers to support community health and wellness and environmentally friendly practices. He has led Natural Grocers collaboration with Beyond Pesticides on transitioning community parks, playgrounds, and playing fields or organic land management. He is active in many trade organizations and grassroots groups and sits on the Boulder County, Colorado Food and Agriculture Policy Council. Mr. Lewis has lived for extended periods in Portugal, Haiti, and Dominica, where he developed an appreciation for the variables of agriculture production and food systems within different geographic, cultural and economic contexts.