IFOAM North America Board of Directors Ballot

List of CandiDates

BRIAN BAKER

Brian Baker

The organic community in North America has an opportunity to come together with like-minded people and organizations world-wide. A North American group of IFOAM members offers people from the United States, Canada and the rest of North America way to build connections and understanding to advance organic agriculture both at home and abroad.

As a volunteer on the IFOAM Standards Committee beginning in 1999, I brought to IFOAM an understanding of the situation in North America and was able to contribute towards harmonizing organic standards world-wide. As the only North American member of the Principles of Organic Agriculture Task Force, I listened to voices all over the world articulate that organic agriculture is based on health, ecology, fairness and care, and helped IFOAM construct and convey that message. As a charter member of the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM (TIPI) Advisory Council and its Vice Chair, I have helped put research and development of technologies consistent with organic principles front-and-center in the international organic agenda.

I have worked in agriculture my entire life, growing up on a family farm in Upstate New York. That farm is now certified organic based on my initiatives. I earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University, where I did interdisciplinary work on ecological agriculture. I did post-doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, where I had the privilege of studying agroecology under Miguel Altieri. From academia, I became active in the organic community working with California Certified Organic Farmers. With CCOF’s support, I went on to become one the founders and the first person to work for the Organic Materials Review Institute. It was at OMRI where I realized how important it is to share knowledge on organic farming world-wide. IFOAM has helped foster better understanding in the organic community. I was the Director of the Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture at Alfred State College, where I was responsible for teaching organic agriculture as well as supervising the college’s farm as it transitioned to organic methods. I also gained international experience working for the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland, where I was truly honored to work with some of the top professionals in the world conducting research on organic farming. Currently, I am a consultant working on several research projects that will benefit organic farmers.

It is imperative for North America to engage in the global organic movement if we are to shape our own destiny. If elected as an IFOAM NA Board member, I will work to see that it becomes a vehicle to advance organic agriculture and its principles, and to strengthen North America’s presence in the global organic community, as well as to bring back to North America a better understanding of the situation of organic farmers and other members of the organic community throughout the world.

I humbly ask for your vote.

Best regards,
Brian Baker

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Sarah Brown

Sarah BrownIt was a pleasure to visit with some of you at the Baltimore meeting. I appreciated the opportunity to make personal connections, participate in the vibrant conversation, and gain additional insight into the future and goals of the IFOAM North America General Assembly.  I am inspired by the dedication and purpose this group holds and so would like to officially put my name in the hat for a place on the North American Board.

For those of you who already know me it is likely due to my role as Education Director at Oregon Tilth. My experience working with this organization is incredibly relevant to the work of IFOAM but most importantly it is in service to our farmers and the stakeholders that support them.  In this role I oversee our national agreement with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service to provide support and training to their agency to better serve organic producers. This partnership has resulted in Oregon Tilth housing the first joint National Organic Conservation Specialist providing training to thousands of USDA staff on organic practices including visits to organic farms. Under my leadership Oregon Tilth has been leading the conversation around transition. Early in 2014 we convened a group of buyers to discuss growing supply gaps and develop a work plan around the issue. We published the Analysis of the Organic Market in Oregon, have convened the online Transition to Organic Network, are hosting a facilitated all day intensive on the topic at Organicology, and hired a full-time position dedicated to the issue- a Transition Services Coordinator. Recently Oregon Tilth announced an exciting development in our partnership with Oregon State University- the launch of an Organic Extension Program. This builds on our over 7 year partnership with the university that has focused on the development of tools for farmers, research, and beginning farmer programming. Over the next five years I look forward to continuing these efforts, expanding them to serve our clients and stakeholders in Mexico, and engaging in and convening innovative conversations about where we can take organic next.

What many of you may not know about me is that I am also a certified organic farmer. My husband and I own and operate Diggin’ Roots Farm a 50 acre operation about an hour south of Portland, Oregon. We are just finishing up our fourth season on the farm, our second as a certified organic operation. We grow 3 acres of vegetables for a CSA, farmers market, and restaurants. The remainder of our property is pasture for a flock of 35 Black Welsh Mountain sheep and 7 American Guinea hogs. We are actively engaged in conservation work- establishing a 1200ft pollinator hedgerow and restoring a 4 acre riparian area. This last year was our first year hosting a beginning farmer intern through the Rogue Farmer Corps. The farm is our passion and provides us purpose. It serves as a wonderful reminder of why I do the work I do at Oregon Tilth.

I was introduced to the ‘good food movement’ by Francis Moore Lappé when I read Hope’s Edge as a student at UC Davis. It was a relatively easy leap to take my love for the outdoors and cooking and direct it into studying and practicing sustainable agriculture there. Since them I’ve studied abroad and worked on farms in Argentina, Costa Rica, Chile, and across the West Coast.

I am incredibly inspired by Organic 3.0 and the vision it represents. I’m excited to explore how we can foster and support this vision within North America- engaging farmers, partners, and stakeholders to navigate something that will challenge us and make us stronger.  I respect the experience and insight of this group’s participants and would be honored to represent and be a leading voice in this conversation.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.

With appreciation,
Sarah

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Ronnie Cummins

Ronnie Cummins

Here’s why I want to be on the IFOAM NA Board:

I’ve been a food and social change activist and proponent of agro-ecology and organics since 1967, promoting organic food and farming and exposing the hazards of industrial agriculture and other related issues for my entire adult life. From 1992-98 I served as campaign director of the Pure Food Campaign in Washington DC, helping, among other things, coordinate our successful 1997-98 SOS (Save Organic Standards) campaign. In 1998 I co-founded the Organic Consumers Association which is now the largest network of organic consumers in the USA. OCA has been a member of IFOAM for over 10 years. Ten years ago OCA also set up our Mexico affiliate, Via Organica (Associcion de Consumidores Organicos de Mexico), which is also a member of IFOAM. I now divide my time between Mexico and the US, as well as serving as a steering committee member of Regeneration International along with Andre Leu, President of IFOAM, Vandana Shiva, and others, promoting Regenerative Organic Agriculture (Organic 3.0)

I believe that global warming is the most serious threat that humans have ever faced. And I also believe that we will never get down to zero or near-zero emissions without a fundamental transformation of our global food and farming and land use practices as projected in the IFOAM concept of Organics 3.0. Once we achieve zero emissions we will need need to suck down and sequester over the next 25 years approximately 250 billion tons of excess carbon from the atmosphere through the qualitatively enhanced photosynthesis of regenerative food, farming, and land use practices.

I’m excited to possibly be elected the the IFOAM North America board to help the North American organic community become a leader in the Organic 3.0 movement and to make Regenerative Food and Farming and Land Use the norm rather than just the alternative.

For an Organic and Regenerative World,

Ronnie Cummins
International Director
Organic Consumers Association (USA)
Associacion de Consumidores (Mexico)

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Dag Falck

I’d like to offer myself up as a candidate for the IFOAM NA board.Dag Falck
My work with Nature’s Path Foods Inc. for the last 14 years has afforded me the opportunity to work intimately with many parts of the organic; community, regulations, enforcement, supply and customer interactions.  Prior to coming to Nature’s Path I was an independent organic inspector for 14 years, auditing all types of farms and processing facilities.  I also manage the Nature’s Path Family Farm land (currently 6,600 acres in Saskatchewan and Montana) where we work with farmers to grow quality certified organic grains.  This was all a natural progression from my background in agronomy in Norway, where I grew up.  My commitment to healthy agriculture (organic) has not changed since early childhood, and I consider myself fortunate to have been an active part of the organic movement for the last 30 + years.
IFOAM NA is an opportunity for a deeper evolution and engagement of the organic movement in North America.  Now more than ever we need to work together to make organic agriculture recognized as one of the most effective tools to address personal health, environmental health, and planet health.  I am action oriented, and commit to bringing a proactive approach to IFOAM NA, and ensure that it does not become just another discussion group, but also brings forward solutions.

Some of the groups I’ve worked with are:

  • IOIA board seat 2001-2003
  • OTA 2006-2009 and 2014-2016 holding board seat as VP for Canada
  • COTA,- starting with it being a branch of OTA through to COTA being a separate independent non-profit with links to OTA.  2008-present, holding President seat currently.
  • Non GMO Project, 2008-2015, board seat
  • Chair, Permitted Substances List, Canadian Organic Standards Technical Committee through the last two revisions over last 6 years.
  • Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC) Director 2005 – 2011, outgoing as Chair.
  • Member Organic Value Chain Round Table (Canadian Government/Industry Round Table)  2006-present
  • Farm Manager, managed the day-to-day operations of a 400-acre social service farm. 1986-1989

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Elizabeth Henderson

Elizabeth HendersonI have decided to seek a seat on the IFOAM NA Board of Directors.

I made my living as an organic farmer for over 30 years until I retired from full-time farm work and management five years ago.  I farmed at Peacework Farm in Wayne County, New York, producing organically grown vegetables for the fresh market. Our farm’s CSA is in its 28th year in 2016 – it was the first CSA in upstate New York and is one of the oldest CSAs in the United States. I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY), and I co-chair the Policy Committee. I am also one of NOFA-NY’s representatives to the NOFA Interstate Council where I also co-chair the Policy Committee and the sub-committee on Domestic Fair Trade. I represent the NOFAs on the Board of the Agricultural Justice Project which I helped to develop together with two other farming associations and CATA, the Farmworker Support Committee based in New Jersey.

For 20 years, from 1993 – 2013, I chaired the Agricultural Development Board in Wayne County and took an active role in creating the Farming and Farmland Protection Plan for the county. In 2001, the organic industry honored me with one of the first “Spirit of Organic awards, in 2007, Abundance Co-op honored me with the “Cooperating for Communities” award and in 2009 NOFA-NY honored me with a Lifetime Achievement Award and then a Golden Carrot in 2013.  In 2014 Eco-Farm presented me with their “Advocate of Social Justice Award, the Justie.” My writings on organic agriculture appear in The Natural Farmer and other publications. I took the lead in the NOFA team that researched and wrote The Real Dirt: Farmers Tell about Organic and Low-Income Practices in the NE, the first book by organic farmers on organic farming in the US. I was the lead author of Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (Chelsea Green, 2007) which has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Spanish. I also wrote A Food Book for a Sustainable Harvest for the members of Peacework Organic Community Supported Agriculture (aka GVOCSA).

Although NOFA members were involved in IFOAM from its very start in the early ‘70’s, I rekindled our activity starting in 1996 and have attended and given presentations at most of the Organic World Congresses and General Assemblies since then.  I contributed to the final wording of the Principle of Fairness, and participated in the 2004 meeting on Certification Alternatives which launched IFOAM’s involvement in Participatory Guarantee Systems.  I also took part in the SOAAN project, advocating for the integration of fair trade, pricing and social justice practices into organic standards.

It is my hope that IFOAM NA will be able to play an important role in introducing and advocating for the concepts of SOAAN and Organic 3.0 in our part of the world. With representatives from all parts of the organic supply chain, we have the opportunity to provide a safe forum where all stakeholders can share our needs and aspirations and work together for a future based on the principles of organic agriculture.

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Steve Hoffman

Steve HoffmanI look forward to collaborating with IFOAM constituents and working to grow the organization and leave a lasting legacy in the North American and international markets for organic food and farming. We can indeed feed the world and cool the planet with organic. Thank you, and please see a bio below.

With a deep commitment to natural health and the environment, Steven Hoffman has dedicated his career to natural, organic and eco-friendly products, socially responsible business, and building mission-based brands.

Steve serves as Founder and Managing Director of Compass Natural, a full-service public relations, marketing, brand communications, and strategic business development agency specializing in the $300-billion LOHAS – or Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability – market. He is Co-founder of LOHAS Journal and the LOHAS Forum sustainable business conference, and former Education Director for Natural Products Expo East and West, the world’s largest natural and organic products trade expositions.

Steve also served as Editorial Director of New Hope Network’s highly respected natural products trade publishing division, including the Natural Foods Merchandiser magazine, where he helped launch Organic Times magazine and also the highly successful Fresh Ideas Organic Tent pavilion at Natural Products Expo West. Steve also served as International Director for New Hope Network, helping to lay the groundwork for future international events and interacting early on with IFOAM leadership in the US and abroad.

Working closely with IFOAM leadership in 1993, Steve directed and produced IFOAM’s organic market conference in Baltimore, MD, in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East. In 2012, Steve worked with Katherine DiMatteo and IFOAM senior management to help promote an Organic Leadership course, and most recently, and in December 2015, Steve worked closely with IFOAM President Andre Leu at the COP21 Global Climate Summit in Paris in successfully getting Regenerative Agriculture and “Organic 3.0” to be part of the climate change conversation, and in forwarding France’s groundbreaking “4 per Thousand” initiative.

As Managing Director of The Organic Center, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization, from 2007 – 2010, Hoffman helped advance scientific research and education behind the benefits of organic food and farming. Hoffman also served in the mid-1990s as National Marketing Director and Rocky Mountain Regional Sales Manager for Arrowhead Mills, at the time the leading manufacturer of organic products in the U.S., and now a division of the Hain-Celestial Group.

As an Agricultural Extension Agent in the mid-1980s for Penn State University, Hoffman served as a Director of Philadelphia’s Urban Gardening Program, where he helped establish more than 125 food gardens in low-income Hispanic neighborhoods in the city over a 3-year period. He received a M.S. in Agriculture from Pennsylvania State University.

Hoffman is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in agriculture and education in Honduras and Costa Rica in Central America. In addition to English, Hoffman speaks Spanish and French. A singer-songwriter in his spare time, Hoffman lives in Boulder County, Colorado.

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Elizabeth Kucinich

Elizabeth Kucinich

I am a long time passionate advocate for organic food, farming and farmers, and have been the board policy chair at the Rodale Institute for the last 3 years. We have recently launched the Organic Farmers Association, a national membership organization for organic farmers across America and I am their DC representative. I also work closely with partners in the UN system and have been approached by several directors to help bring more organic farmer voices into the system. I would like to do this in partnership with you.

I have extensive policy experience in Washington, D.C., including serving as the former director of policy at the Center for Food Safety and as former director of government affairs at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). I am an advisory council member of DC EFF, the world’s largest environmental film festival, and is a producer of the films GMO OMG and Organic Rising, as well as being an advisor on many others, such as “Ground Operations: From Battlefields to Farm Fields” and “Circle of Poison”.

In my life and my career, I aim to bridge constituencies of people in order to being elevated understanding of our food and farming system together. From nutrition to safety to farming, environment and development. I am a systems thinker and encourage appreciative thinking in order to create openings for regenerative potential of all that we collectively bring to the table, to do nothing less than transform the world! -- I am lofty, but I am also very pragmatic.

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Jeff Moyer

Jeff MoyerPlease allow me to introduce or in some cases re-introduce myself as a nominee for a position on the IFOAM/ Organics International North America Board.

As the Executive Director and before that Farm Director of Rodale Institute I have been at the forefront of the organic movement for decades. My lifetime commitment to organic farming has allowed me to travel around the world and across the country visiting farms, farmers, and policy makers both organic and conventional. My work in research and education has fostered the transition of land to organic and facilitated improved efficiencies of existing organic production.

My research in cover crops culminated with the design of organic no-till systems involving the use of a cover crop roller, which I conceptualized and popularized in an effort to improve soil health, improve crop production efficiency, and reduce farm labor costs. Now, thousands of acres are being farmed using this technology facilitating the extended use of cover crops.

I have worked in agriculture my entire life, first growing up on a hobby farm in eastern Pennsylvania before attending college for forestry at Paul Smith’s College in New York. From there I returned to Pennsylvania where my wife and I purchased our first plot of land on which to build a farm. We build our own house and barns, raised a family and now, under our son’s leadership, farm approximately 450 certified organic acres as part of a 50 cow organic dairy partnering with Organic Valley Coop.

I served for 5 years on the National Organic Standards Board from 2006 – 2011 during which time I served as board vice chair, board chair, committee person on the executive committee, livestock committee and crops committee. During this time period I worked closely with fellow board members to develop the pasture rule for ruminates, helped to write the aquaculture standards, the greenhouse standard, inerts in pesticides recommendation, classification of materials and apiculture recommendations. I was a founding board member of Pennsylvania Certified Organic, an accredited certification agency, and was the first chairperson of their education committee insisting that farmer education be incorporated as part of the mission of PCO. I was a co-founder of The Seed Farm, a non-profit farm with the mission of training new farmers and incubating new farm enterprises in Lehigh County, PA. and currently sit as Board chairperson. I have worked with a diverse scientific team on the Soil Renaissance Project which has now grown into the Soil Health Institute on which I serve as a board member working to develop scientific standards for defining what healthy soil is, mapping our current state of health, and working on target goals to improve the health of our nation’s soils  I have had the honor of serving on several additional boards including the Board of Directors of the Organic Farming Research Foundation and PA Farm Link Board.

I have been fortunate enough to be able to attend 2 international IFOAM meetings, in Argentina and in Italy and have a firm desire to represent North American agriculture on the international stage.

I respectfully ask for your vote.

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Lisa Pierce

Lisa PierceWho am I?

I grew up on a farm in the Canadian prairies and currently live on the west coast of Canada where I am in the process of developing a small market garden for our local region. I am on the board of directors for our
local agriculture organization that promotes organic agriculture – The Vancouver Island Collective. I have been an organic inspector since 1997 and an IOIA Trainer since 2003. I also worked as the International Training Manager for IOIA for 4 years. Although I helped standardize the IOIA training curriculum in the US and Canada, I have collaborated extensively with cosponsors in other countries to deliver organic inspector training that references other organic standards and meets their needs. In addition to working as an organic inspector and IOIA Trainer, I work for the National Farm Animal Care Council regarding the development of on-farm animal welfare assessment programs. In the past, I worked in the Fraser Valley outside of Vancouver as an Integrated Pest Management crop advisor and have continued to work with conventional farmers over the years.

Why am I here?

I was inspired by a presentation by Andre Leu at our IOIA AGM in Korea. I am inspired by Organics 3.0. It was a pivotal point for me: for many yearsI have talked about what organics IS NOT – not a nutritional claim, not anon-GMO claim and now I think the evidence is in to start talking about organics as a YES – organics as a connector to our health, the environment and solution to global warming.

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Bob Quinn

Bob QuinnI am Bob Quinn and I am 68. I have been a certified organic farmer for 30 years and am the 3rd generation to farm our family wheat and cattle ranch here in north central Montana, near the small town of Big Sandy. In 1983, shortly before converting Quinn Farm & Ranch to an organic 9-year rotation alternating between cash crops and soil building crops, I founded Montana Flour and Grains to market our high-protein wheat to whole grain bakers in California. I sold the company to one of my employee’s in 1999 to focus on my farm, KAMUT® brand khorasan wheat research and a number of other ideas and projects.

I have lived and worked on our family farm all my life, with the exception of the ten years I spent completing my doctorate’s degree at the University of California and an additional two years I was in business for myself in California. Although I was raised on a chemical farm, I was an enthusiastic convert to organic production and now work to promote it as the future of agriculture wherever I travel in the world.

I helped to organize the first Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) chapter in Montana. I served as a member of the first National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), helped establish Montana organic law and served on the first Montana Department of Agriculture advisory committee for it. I have also been an active member of both the Montana Farm Bureau Federation as well as the Montana Grain Growers Association in an effort to bring an alternative tune to the music they are normally listing to. I have been actively involved in trying to revitalize my home town of Big Sandy, Montana – population 600 (was 1000 fifty years ago) – by adding enterprises and jobs to our farm.

I have been a member of IFOAM for many years, mostly through, Kamut International, our business which promotes and protects the Kamut trademark and sponsors research comparing the health benefits of ancient and modern wheat. I attended my first General Assembly in Istanbul, loved it and wished I had not waited so long to attend my first one. I was, however, embarrassed to see how poorly organized North America was compared to other regions of the world. I met Peggy there and talked to her about her candidacy for the world board and the idea of forming a North American Regional group. She said she thought it was a good idea and I pledged my support to help her accomplish it. I have kept that pledge by serving on the steering committee to move this proposition forward for the past year and a half. I think IFOAM North America could give the organic movements in this part of the world a united connection to the international organic stag.  We as a region have much to contribute, as well as much to learn from the rest of the world of organic agriculture. If I can be part of the effort, even for a short time, to help create a viable and representative group here, I am glad to help and willing to serve on the board. Thank you for your consideration and support.

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Arran Stephens

Arran Stephens

I would like to be considered for the vacant IFOAM board position. I’ve been deeply involved in the organic movement for most of my life. My parents pioneered organic farming methods on our Vancouver Island farm in the 1950’s, advising me as a young boy to “always leave the earth better than you found it.” In 1967, 

after returning from seven months in India with only $7 and a $1,500 loan, I opened Canada’s first natural plant-based restaurant, followed by Canada’s first organic 

supermarket. In 1971, I was also a founding member of Organic Merchants, the first North American organic trade association, and predecessor to OFPANA.
My wife and I founded Nature’s Path in 1985—which grew from nothing to become North America’s largest, family-owned organic cereal and snack brand—proudly independent and always organic. Today, Nature’s Path employs 700 valued team members, transforming more than 100,000 acres of organic crops from scores of independent family farmers, including our 6,600 acres in Montana and Saskatchewan, at our own state-of-the-art facilities in WA, WI and BC—into trusted organic products under the Nature’s Path and Que Pasa banners.
I also served on the Organic Trade Association (OTA) Board during the development of the NOP/USDA Organic Rule.  When GMO/GE crops began to gain traction in the 1990’s, due to their documented propensity to contaminate organic farms, on several occasions I expressed concern to my fellow OTA board members that, ‘GMOs will become the greatest-ever threat to the organic movement.’ After a period of frustration at the lack of action on a proactive GMO policy, I resigned my board seat. At the time I was head of OTA’s Ethics committee.
I’ve also served on the board of the Rodale Institute—a great organization, and was a Non-GMO Project founding member.

I believe my experience would be of value to the IFOAM North American board. Thanks,

Arran

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Ryan Zinn

Dear David and IFOAM members,Ryan Zinn
Greetings. My name is Ryan Zinn and I am Dr. Bronner’s Organic and Fair Trade Coordinator. I am running for the IFOAM North America (NA) Board of Directors.

I am lucky enough to work with farmers and technical staff at Dr. Bronner’s organic and fair trade sister organizations, as well as other partners in our supply chain. Dr. Bronner’s has pioneered organic and fair trade supply chains abroad and I am proud to work on the ground, providing agronomic and certification support to the some 7,000 farmers on four continents. I also act as Political Director for Fair World Project and served as part of the IFOAM North America steering committee.

Over the last 20 years I have worked at home and abroad with a variety of civil society organizations, farmer organizations and mission driven companies to advance true organic and fair trade principles. I’ve been fortunate to have worked everywhere from the farm level to international intergovernmental organizations. I have broad background of experience which includes domestic and international policy and advocacy work, organic and fair trade certification, as well as practical organic farming skills. I feel I bring a unique perspective and hope to serve IFOAM NA members and associates during this important transition period.  

I feel that we are at an important and historical crossroads in North America. The organic movement has the potential to address many interlocked issues, including nutrition, farmer and farmworker welfare, climate change resiliency, among other issues. As such, I am extremely enthusiastic about the launch of IFOAM NA and see huge potential to create a dynamic and active space for all organic stakeholders. The ever evolving and growing organic movement in North America is in dire need of not only strong and accountable leadership, but an organization that can foster a vision for the future. Having worked for five years in Mexico, I am also enthusiastic about partnering with Mexican organizations, where appropriate. I am especially interested in IFOAM’s Organic 3.0 and the initiative’s implications for North America. Linking and collaborating with the global network of farmers, processors, academics and advocates will strengthen our efforts domestically

Thank you for your consideration.

Ryan Zinn

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Leslie Zuck

Leslie ZuckI would be honored to serve on IFOAM North America's first board of directors. I have been involved with IFOAM for more than 12 years, having served as an officer for the past three IFOAM General Assemblies. I have participated in or presented at five IFOAM conferences, served on IFOAM NA's steering committee and attended this year's inaugural GA.

From my very first experience with IFOAM- Organics International I have been immensely impressed with the important education, advocacy and standards work being done in pursuit of IFOAM's vision for worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sound systems, based on the Principles of Organic Agriculture. The formation of IFOAM North America will assist IFOAM in furtherance of its mission to lead, unite and assist the organic movement in its full diversity.

As founding Executive Director of PCO, I have 20 years experience in non-profit leadership and organic standards and policy. I am also an attorney, and although not directly pertinent to organic agriculture, my legal background has been useful to newly formed groups as they develop organizational policies, procedures and bylaws. I actually enjoy the process of developing strategic, business and financial plans for mission-based organizations. I have been an organic farmer for 30 years, farming 120 acres in central Pennsylvania's Appalachian Mountains, raising organic dairy animals, vegetables and native plants.

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