Organic Trade Association Awards to Recognize Four Incredible Leaders
Washington , DC, US,July 16, 2018
Two individuals and a farming couple chosen to receive Organic Leadership Awards from the Organic Trade Association this coming September each have the drive to make a difference, a strong belief that organic practices are the way to go, and a commitment to mentoring others.
One has touched all sectors and corners of organic production around the world because of her leadership in training certifiers and inspectors. Through persistence and adaptation, the second started a small organic farm, created a thriving business, and evolved into an influential role model for local small-scale growers. The dynamic couple, meanwhile, operates four grass-based organic dairies on 4,300 acres of irrigated pasture in California, an organic creamery, large-scale organic pastured poultry and egg operation, and pastured pork enterprise with her husband and five children.
This year’s award honorees are:
Margaret Scoles of International Organic Inspectors Association, Growing Organic Industry Award
Javier Zamora of JSM Organics, Rising Star Award
Stephanie and Blake Alexandre of Alexandre EcoDairy Farm, Organic Farmer of the Year Award.
“Each has proven that they have what it takes to inspire others and uphold the integrity and practices that make organic agriculture the standout way to manage our food system,” said Laura Batcha, Executive Director and CEO of the Organic Trade Association. “The theme for this year’s event is ‘Recipe for Leadership’ and each of our honorees has used their own unique blend of ingredients and masterful techniques to serve up a style of leadership that is advancing the organic sector.”
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