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Annual Meeting Recap and Vote Results

On December 7, Oregon Tilth held its Annual Membership Meeting at Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, OR. Despite sub-freezing temps and icy roads, Tilth members and staff showed up to mingle, celebrate and cultivate Tilth culture.

On December 7, Oregon Tilth held its Annual Membership Meeting at Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, OR. Despite sub-freezing temps and icy roads, about 30 Tilth members and staff showed up to mingle, celebrate and cultivate Tilth culture. Here are some highlights:

New Board member elected

Meta Loftsgaarden was elected a new Oregon Tilth Board member, effective January 1st. Meta ran the Agricultural Marketing and Business Development Bureau in Montana. She worked with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Oregon Tilth in support of organic farmers in the region, and worked with Tilth staff to jointly apply for WSARE funding to cross-train NRCS conservation professionals and organic certifiers.

Bylaws amendment approved

Members voted to approved an amendment to the Oregon Tilth, Inc. Bylaws (Article IV. Section A.2) which discuss eligibility for serving on the Board of Directors. The following are now ineligible for board service: Members holding a commercial interest in the production or handling operation certified by the Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) program within the last 12 months; members with an immediate family interest in the OTCO production or handling operation within the last 12 months; members having provided consulting services to a OTCO production or handling operation within the last 12 months. The purpose of this change was to further comply with USDA NOP regulations. Learn more by reading the updated version of the bylaws.

Keynote speaker, Lisa Sedlar’s comments

“One thing I am trying to do with Green Zebra Grocery is to bring back that relationship and time-honored tradition of connecting the farmer and the eater."

“We lose an acre of farmland a minute in the U.S. This is the prime farmland. Our topsoil is rapidly being depleted, it doesn’t have the quality it used to. I want to make sure that our farmland is preserved for the next generation."

“Twenty percent of all domestic groceries are bought at Walmart. These are the people we want to convert. There will be a huge possibility for the growth of organic. Imagine what could happen with our topsoil if they become the largest organic fruit and vegetable buyer. We have to replenish our topsoil and obviously organic is the way to do that. Who will be up for that?"

“I have a crush on Oregon Tilth. You are the rockstars of Organic Certification. You are helping preserve our farmland for future generations.” 

2013 Annual Report Now Available

Oregon Tilth presents the 2013 Annual Report that highlights our programmatic accomplishments from the past year. 

Learn more by viewing the 2013 Annual Report.

 

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