Policy Committee

The Policy Committee is a volunteer committee elected by their organic farmer peers to direct the policy process of Organic Farmers Association.  Each region is represented by two certified organic farmers and one regional organic farm organization.  Members are elected by OFA farm-members and serve 2-year terms, up to three consecutive terms.  Only our certified organic farm members on the Policy Committee have voting rights, while the organization representatives serve an important advisory role.

Farmers – Voting

California Region Farmer Representatives
Kenneth Kimes, Farmer
Greensward/New Natives, LLC, Aptos, CA

Mark McAfee, Farmer
Organic Pastures, Fresno, CA

Midwest Region Farmer Representatives
Michael Adsit, Farmer
Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill, Plymouth, MI

Dave Campbell, Farmer
Lily Lake Organic Farm, Maple Park, IL

Western Region Farmer Representatives
Nate Lewis, Farmer
Oyster Bay Farm, Olympia, WA

Pryor Garnett, Farmer
Garnetts Red Prairie Farm, Sheridan, OR

Southern Region Farmer Representatives
Laura Freeman, Farmer
Mt. Folly Farm, Winchester, KY

Jennifer Taylor, Farmer
Lola’s Organic Farm, Glenwood, GA

North Central Region Farmer Representatives
DeEtta Bilek, Farmer
Tom and DeEtta Bilek Farm, Aldrich, MN

Harriet Behar, Farmer
Sweet Springs Farm, Gay Mills, WI

Northeast Region Farmer Representatives
Luke Gianforte, Farmer
Gianforte Farm, Cazenovia, NY

Dave Chapman, Farmer
Long Wind Farm, Easy Thetford, VT

Advisory – Non-Voting

California Region Organization Representative
David Runsten, Policy Director
Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Davis, CA

Midwest Region Organization Representative
Molly Gleason, Communications Director
Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Springfield, IL

Western Region Organization Representative
Cara Loriz, Executive Director,
Organic Seed Alliance, Port Townsend, WA

Southern Region Organization Representative
Michael Sligh, Program Director
Rural Advancement Foundation International, Pittsboro, NC

North Central Region Organization Representative
Roz Lehman, Executive Director
Iowa Organic Association, Des Moines, IA

Northeast Region Organization Representative
Maddie Kempner, Policy Director
NOFA- VT, Richmond, VT

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