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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
Gaia Bees • California
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

Directors

Rudy Marchesi- Vice Chairman

Rudy Marchesi- Chairman
Term: 2019-2022
Email: rudy@montinore.com
Called out as "Oregon's Beloved Biodynamic Mentor," Rudy was just acknowledged as the Oregon Wine Press "Person of the Year 2018."  As President and chief viticulturist at Montinore Estate, Rudy has been deeply immersed in the practice of Biodynamic farming for many years.  The estate- all 240 acres- has been Demeter certified for more than 10 years and Montinore is also the country's largest producer of certified estate wine.  Rudy has hosted many Biodynamic educational events over the years including a pre-conference workshop at last year's Biodynamic Association conference. Most recently, Rudy was one of nine growers- and the only American- asked to join the International Biodynamic Viticulture Group, that will be promoting Biodynamic viticulture and winemaking education around the globe, including creating an international web-based forum for Biodynamic winegrowers.

Victoria Byrnes - Secretary/Treasurer

Victoria Byrnes - Secretary/Treasurer
Term: 2019-2022
Email: victoria@yellowbarnbiodynamic.com
Victoria has been working in the organic space for over twenty years.  In 2000 Victoria met her future business partner and husband David Byrnes (who currently serves on the Biodynamic Association board) and they shortly thereafter launched the national brokerage company Integrated Organics…. and got married!  Over the years Integrated Organics grew to be the nation's number one natural food broker, launching and representing many successful brands.  But their real passion is now Biodynamic.  Victoria and David own the highly acclaimed pasta sauce brand Yellow Barn and live, with their three darling children, on their 89-acre Demeter certified Yellow Barn farm in upstate New York, where they tend to very old apple and maple trees and harvest ramps every season for local restaurants and grocers.  Victoria is also an activist in the non-GMO and local food movements.

Greg Fleishman

Greg Fleishman
Term: 2017-2020
Email: greg@demeter-usa.org
A marketer and strategist, Greg Fleishman has created and grown some of the world’s largest and most successful brands during his career - launching 500+ items across 17 food and beverage categories.  Greg co-founded and operates Purely Righteous Brands LLC, a boutique consultancy dedicated to fostering the growth of ‘Green Space’ companies.  Previously, Greg was Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer for Suja, the #1 cold-pressured fresh juice brand in the US where he oversaw all aspects of marketing, innovation, and retail customer development. Prior to these ventures, Greg led the marketing & innovation for Sambazon, the privately-held maker of fresh amazon superfood-based beverages, was Chief Marketing Officer of the FUZE and U.S. Energy Portfolio at The Coca-Cola Company, and Vice President of Marketing & New Business Development for Kashi Company.  A native Californian, Greg lives in San Diego with his wife, founder & owner of Portavoce PR, and their two daughters.

Paul Reidl

Paul Reidl
Term: 2017-2020
Email: paul@reidllaw.com
After graduating from George Washington University Law School in 1980, Paul spent 10 years with the Washington, D.C. firm of Crowell & Moring where he represented clients in litigation matters. He spent the next 18 years as Associate General Counsel of a billion dollar global company, E. & J. Gallo Winery. Paul’s practice concentrated on intellectual property and international law. He also counseled on contracts, labeling and regulatory matters.  Paul now practices copyright, trademark and wine law for clients in various industries, serving as Principal Attorney at the Law Offices of Paul Reidl. In the trademark area, he handles the full spectrum of trademark-related issues, from clearance through litigation. His wine law practice counsels clients on legal and business matters in the United States and abroad.   He has served as the President of the International Trademark Association and is also on the Board of Directors of the Coastside Land Trust, which is dedicated to preserving the coastal open space in the Half Moon Bay, California, area.

Dr. A. Thimmaiah

A. Thimmaiah
Term: Nominated in 2014.  Re-elected 2017.  Current term end 2020
Email: athimmaiah@mum.edu
A. Thimmaiah is an expert in organic, biodynamic and Vedic agriculture promoting climate smart, low-carbon green approaches for rural development. Through constant innovation & research, he has developed many low-cost farming solutions utilizing natural resources that are benefiting thousands of farmers in different countries. Globally he has played a leading role in the development, coordination, and implementation of strategies, programs & policies addressing the issues of food security, climate smart sustainable agriculture, rural poverty reduction, sustainable development & Gross National Happiness (GNH). He has advised leading agribusiness companies, international organizations (FAO, IFAD, ICIMOD, IDRC and SNV), non-governmental agencies, farmer groups, research organizations and governments in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Costa Rica, Holland and Italy on food and agriculture. As a consultant to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan from 2008-2013, he developed the organic standards, guidebooks, training manuals and zero-cost certification system to empower the farmers and facilitate the Himalayan nation to go 100% organic by 2020. Thimmaiah holds a Ph.D. in Biodynamic agriculture from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi, India and serves as Associate Professor of Department of Sustainable Living at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.

Zach Wolf

Zach Wolf
Term: 2019-2022
Email: zwolf@caneyforkfarms.com
Zach Wolf grew up in rural Northwest Connecticut, working at Whippoorwill Farm, learning the ins and outs of cattle grazing and haying.  After a degree in Biology from Columbia University and research engagements at Aton Forest Ecological Research Station and The Earth Institute, he went on to manage the Field Operations and Direct the Growing Farmers Initiative at Stone Barns Center.  He then went on to start several farms in the Hudson Valley, including The Locust on Hudson and The Dutchess.  He facilitated the Farm Beginnings Program at Hawthorne Valley Farm and most recently served as the Director of Farm Operations at Glynwood.  Over the past eight years he has engaged as a farm consultant on over 10,000 acres of active farmland throughout the United States. Much of this work has been in conjunction with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, a firm that has pioneered the design process of Conservation Agriculture around the world.