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Oregon Tilth Opens Office in North Central Mexico

Oregon Tilth announced it has opened a new office in the North Central Mexico Bajío region in Santiago de Querétaro. The new location will allow Oregon Tilth to better serve its partners and clients in Latin America. In addition, Oregon Tilth has committed to continue its mission of promoting the benefits of organic production for farmers, processors and environmental conservation in the region.

OREGON TILTH OPENS OFFICE IN NORTH CENTRAL MEXICO

Contact:                                                                                

Andrew Black, Latin American Specialist                                                        

T. (541) 368-7789

LOCATION (August 20, 2014) — Oregon Tilth announced it has opened a new office in the North Central Mexico Bajío region in Querétaro. The new location will allow Oregon Tilth to better serve its partners and clients in Latin America. In addition, Oregon Tilth has committed to continue its mission of promoting the benefits of organic production for farmers, processors and environmental conservation in the region.

Over 30 years ago, Oregon Tilth began an organic certification program in Oregon to serve the needs of growers looking to protect and promote organic farming. “Oregon Tilth’s decision to create a new office in Mexico is a direct reflection of our mission to be an educational center between growers and processors to support biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture through organic certification,” said Connie Karr, director of certification. The Latin America office continues to be a part of a larger effort to effect change on an international level and inspire the transition of millions of acres to sustainable, organic practices.

Operations Director Jessie Hancock-Malo and Latin American Specialist Andrew Black led the search for a location, ultimately finding a unique match between Oregon Tilth’s mission and the rich agricultural history of the Bajío region. "The Bajío region is a hub of social and economic change where Oregon Tilth's mission of positive change in our food system can hopefully touch the lives and practices of small farmers throughout Latin America," says Hancock-Malo. The new Latin America office will allow Oregon Tilth to provide its longstanding technical and educational support to current and future certified organic food operators in the region. Currently, Oregon Tilth certifies over 100 organic producers in Mexico, representing more than 1,000 individual growers as a part of grower groups and cooperatives.

For information about the new office or questions regarding organic certification in Mexico, please contact Latin American Specialist, Andrew Black at andrewblack@tilth.org


About Oregon Tilth

Oregon Tilth is a nonprofit organization supporting and promoting biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture and land use through education, research, advocacy, and certification. For more, visit www.tilth.org.

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