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Real Organic Project Standards Board

Please meet the Real Organic Project Standards Board members and read our bios below. We last met to finalize our current standards in late February of 2019, just before our annual Symposium at Dartmouth College.

The Real Organic Project Standards Board in Fairlee, Vermont

Francis Thicke

Franics Thicke speaking to a crowd of organic farmers

Francis Thicke runs Radiance Dairy in Iowa. It is a 736 acre grass-based dairy farm. Francis worked for the USDA Read more…

Michael Besconsan

Michael Besconsan is founder of the Besconsan Group. Michael has 40 years of hands-on experience within the natural/organic food and grocery sector… Read more…

Cameron Molberg

cameron molberg

Cameron Molberg is on a mission to increase the infrastructure needed to improve and grow rural economic Read more…

Jay Feldman

Jay Feldman speaks to a crowd of farmers

Jay Feldman is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Beyond Pesticides. He has worked tirelessly to deal with the problems Read more…

Will Brinton

Will Brinton founded his soil lab Woods End Laboratory in 1974 while working on Marjorie Spock’s biodynamic farm in Sullivan Maine and… Read more…

Pete Johnson

Pete Johnson on tractor with Got Dirt? sign at farm rally

Pete Johnson is the founder of Pete’s Greens. He is widely respected for his innovative farming. He organized the Read More…

Kate Duesterberg

Kate Duesterberg and tractors at a farm rally

Kate Duesterberg is a co-manager of the Cedar Circle Farm. Cedar Circle is a non-profit that runs as an educational Read more…

Jim Durst

The Durst family has been farming in the Yolo county area of California since the late 1800's. While the previous three generations focused on large-scale commodity crop farming… Read more…

Linley Dixon

Linley Dixon owns a vegetable farm (marketing through a CSA, farm to school, and at farmers markets) in Durango, Colorado Read More…

Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor at farm rally

Jennifer Taylor and her partner run Lola’s Organic Farm on 32 acres of land once owned by her grandmother Read more

Nicole Dehne

Nicole Dehne NOFA VT Real Organic Project

Nicole Dehne is the Certification Director of Vermont Organic Farmers. Nicole has led VOF to a position of Read more…

Anne Lazor

Anne Lazor at Butterworks Farm

Anne Lazor runs Butterworks Farm with her partner Jack. Known as the first certified organic dairy in Vermont Read more…

 

Harriet Behar

Harriet Behar has been working extensively in the organic industry for 27 years. She has been an active independent Read more…

 

Michael Sligh

Michael Sligh with organic farm crops

Michael Sligh is the founding chair of the National Organic Standards Board. He has been a farmer and author and is an advisory Read more…

 

Dave Chapman

Dave Chapman at a Vermont farm rally Real Organic Project

Dave Chapman runs Long Wind Farm in Vermont. He is a founding member of the Vermont Organic Farmers. He has been Read more…

Bob Quinn

Bob Quinn's farm was started by his grandfather in 1920 and is a diversified small grains, legumes, oil seeds, hay and cattle ranch of 4000 acres located in Read More…