Ben Banks-Dobson is a seasoned entrepreneur and operator with experience building international ecological agricultural ventures. He launched and operated two seed stage start-ups through successful exits— a high production salad brand Locally Known and a small scale shade-grown coffee processing business in the Haitian Highlands. Dobson works at the nexis of ecology, agriculture and economics, and champions placing an economic value on natural resources through financial incentives for farmers and landowners. Dobson currently manages a 2,400 organic grain and hemp farm in NY State. The farm is the flagship research pilot for Hudson Carbon, a collaborative research institute which he founded to monitor the impacts of regenerative farming practices on carbon capture. Dobson credits his lifetime passion for the land to his mother, who raised him on a horse-powered homestead.