Established in 2016 following years of discussion and planning, IFOAM North America’s first meeting incorporated member surveys to set its priorities and develop a strategic plan.
Today IFOAM North America works to educate the general public, provide a forum to exchange ideas, and engage in North American-specific activities to advance organic agriculture and its principles.
These activities are carried out in partnership with IFOAM - Organics International and the global organic community. IFOAM North America endeavors to advance the Landmarks of Organic Agriculture, which include the Principles of Organic Agriculture and Organic 3.0.
Ken McCormick is now IFOAM North America's Coordinator
Brian Baker, President
Brian is a researcher and consultant with over 30 years of experience working with organic farmers.
Jennifer Taylor, Vice-President
Jennifer is the grand-daughter of a sharecropper, an organic farmer who serves on the Board of the Organic Farmers Association and is Associate Professor and coordinator of Small Farm Programs at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
Steve Walker, Secretary
Steve is the Accreditation & Industry Affairs Manager for MOSA Certified Organic.
Margaret Scoles, Treasurer
Margaret Scoles serves as Executive Director of IOIA, maintaining their office in Montana since January 1999.
Marla is President of Organic Connections, the largest organic farming conference in Western Canada.
Arzeena and her husband run a 26 acre certified organic vegetable and fruit farm in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Shannon is a small-scale organic farmer in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Monique hails from Colorado and has worked in the food system since 1999. She is an ambassador for the U.S. organic movement leading projects in over 30 countries and runs a strategy practice serving the industry.
Allison is an owner and operator of Upland Organics, an organic grain farm in Saskatchewan with her husband and three children.She is an active member of the organic agriculture community and currently sits on several local, regional and national boards.