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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
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
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
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
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.

Errol Schweizer

Errol Schweizer
Errol Schweizer was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and has over 25 years experience in the food industry. He started out in food service and his dissatisfaction with the food options in college inspired him to work at a student-run natural foods coop. This led to many food justice and advocacy projects, including work in Community Supported Agriculture, farmer's markets and urban community gardens in New York. He also helped start a campaign to overturn New York's Rockefeller drug laws and was active in the environmental justice movement, organizing against the siting of polluting facilities in his home borough.  Errol eventually started at Whole Foods Market as a stock clerk, and worked his way up thru a variety of store, regional and national positions for over 14 years, including heading up the NY/NJ Grocery division. He spent  7+ years as Vice President of Grocery, and was accountable for the merchandising, product assortment, promotional programs and financial performance for over 80 product categories and $5 Billion in annual sales. His team launched thousands of innovative new products and popularized food trends such as Non GMO, Biodynamic, and Fair Trade, including pushing over 10,000 items thru Non GMO Verification and raising over $1 Million to support state-level GMO Labeling initiatives. He helped create and implement procurement standards for pastured eggs, grass-fed milk, green cleaning products, sustainable seafood, humanely raised meats, and domestic fair trade, while continually achieving aggressive sales and profitability targets. After leaving Whole Foods in 2016, Errol continued his work in the Natural and Organic food industry, including as an advisor to Good Eggs, National Co-Op Grocers, Aspire Food Group, Nuttzo, and Annie's, as well as a Board member of Fairway Markets, Farmer Direct Organic Foods and Good Fish, and is a co-founder of Basics Market. He also served on the Austin Travis Food Policy Board and the board of Farmshare Austin for several years, implementing healthy food access programs in the Austin community. He currently serves as a board member of the Non GMO Project and Demeter USA.

Dr. A. Thimmaiah

A. Thimmaiah
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
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.