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Hawthorne Valley Farm • Ghent, New York

Biodynamic Farming

...started in Europe in the late 1920's following Rudolf Steiner's Agriculture Course
Hawthorne Valley Farm • Ghent, New York
Biodynamic farming requires a Goethean observation of nature and its application to a farming system

Biodynamic Farming

...requires a Goethean observation of nature and its application to a farming system
Kirshenmann Family Farm • Medina North Dakota
Johan Vineyards • Rickreall, OR

Biodynamic Farming

...views nature as an interconnected whole, a totality, endowed with archetypal rhythm
Johan Vineyards • Rickreall, OR
Biodynamic farming requires the entire farm, versus a pre-defined area within a farm, be certified.

Biodynamic Farming

...requires the entire farm, versus a pre-defined area within a farm, be certified.
Whitted Bowers Farm  Cedar Grove • North Carolina
Biodynamic farming... even the ladybug has an honored role on the farm.

Biodynamic Farming

...even the ladybug has an honored role on the farm
Mendocino Wine Company • Ukiah CA

Executive Staff

Jim Fullmer,  Executive Director

Jim Fullmer, Co-Director
Email: Jim@Demeter-USA.org
Jim has been Executive Director of Demeter since 2004.  Graduating with a B.S. in Horticulture from Oregon State University, Jim has been a hands-on Biodynamic® farmer for 25 years and currently resides with his family on their Demeter Certified Biodynamic farm, the Hoskins Berry Farm, in Kings Valley Oregon.  Jim brings a wealth of experience as a previous consultant for both Biodynamic and organic farming and processing operations, along with multiple years engaged as an independent Organic inspector and consultant.  This has placed Jim at the forefront of the industry, working with the original organic certifiers in the US, as well as numerous well-established certifiers throughout the world.  Jim’s global immersion into organic and Biodynamic agriculture has taken him on travels beyond the USA and Europe, including Indonesia, China, Russia, Mexico, and Central America.

Elizabeth Candelario,  Marketing Director

Elizabeth Candelario, Managing Director
Email: Elizabeth@Demeter-USA.org
Elizabeth joined Demeter in January 2008 as a seasoned marketing professional, with 25 years experience in marketing, business development, and non-profit management.  She also serves as Board President for Demeter’s accredited organic certifier Stellar Certification Services.  Elizabeth first became interested in Biodynamic farming while Marketing Director at Quivira Vineyards, when the wine estate transitioned from conventional to Biodynamic farming. She was so inspired by that experience she joined Demeter to help them expand awareness about Biodynamic agriculture and its positive effects on the food we eat and the environment we live in.  Elizabeth’s prior work includes Director of Consumer Sales and Marketing at Chateau Montelena and V.P. Sales and Marketing for Pezzi King Vineyards.  She also owned and operated Studio Airstream, a marketing and non-profit consulting firm specializing in strategic philanthropy.

Sally Lammers, Certification Director
Email: Sally@Demeter-USA.org
Sally joined Demeter and Stellar  in 2004 and has held the position of Certification Director since 2006. After earning a BA from Gonzaga University, Sally returned to Oregon and was introduced to Biodynamic farming at Hoskins Berry Farm in Kings Valley, where she now resides with her husband Jim, and their daughter. In addition to her business management for Demeter and Hoskins Berry Farm, Sally has over 12 years of experience as a founding board member and board chair for the Kings Valley Charter School, a 501(c)(3) charter school located in rural Kings Valley.

Mary King, Certification CoordinatorMary King, Certification Coordinator
Email: Mary@Demeter-USA.org
My most important role is as a mother to my three children, 13, 11 and 7.  I have spent over twenty years as a law enforcement officer, specializing in search and rescue and backcountry ski patrol operations, primarily as a Ranger for the National Park Service (Crater Lake, Lassen Volcanic and Mount Rainier National Park), but also for the Sheriff of Benton County, whom I also now work for as needed, and with whom I served full time for seven years.  My interest in Biodynamic farming began in my early twenties, when I worked on a Biodynamic farm, and I have enjoyed staying connected to this community through the years.  I joined Demeter in 2014, and am also a little Biodynamic farm in our backyard, where we raise goats, bunnies, chickens, cranberries and a couple of dogs.

Erin Sojourner Agostinelli, Member Services CoordinatorErin Sojourner Agostinelli
Member Services Coordinator
Email: Erin@Demeter-USA.org
Erin joined Demeter in 2013 to help “Heal the Planet through Agriculture”. Her childhood memories on her grandparent’s “philosophically organic” farm infused her with a deep passion for Horticulture. In her mid 20’s, she went from classroom to hands-on, building her first greenhouse and growing lots of food, flowers, and herbs on her heirloom nursery farm. Needing an educated market, she started her town’s first thriving farmer’s market and picked up accounts at restaurants and schools. Always a fan of brilliant minds and the intelligence of nature, she studied geniuses such as Rudolf Steiner and Viktor Schauberger. After 5 successful years farming, Erin took her work to a national level collaborating with leading organic food companies, non-profits, educational systems, thought leaders, chefs, and authors on nutrition, farming, food systems, and much more. The culmination of her work led her to partner with Demeter USA with the aligned mission to educate farmers, consumers, and retailers as the Farmer Education Coordinator and Raw Materials Matchmaker. Her other full time job includes being a mother, photographer, and social media storyteller.