Kelly Abbott is the Technical Supervisor for the Farm and Livestock program at Oregon Tilth. She has worked in the organic certification industry for 19 years and currently serves on the Board for the Accredited Certifiers Association. She is committed to the transparency of certification and the integrity of the organic seal. She believes in a lifelong commitment to healthier people and a healthier planet through sustainable farming practices. 


Private Sector Solutions to Increasing Organic Seed Usage

David Allaway is a senior policy analyst at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management Program. Since 1989, he has helped hundreds of businesses and communities reduce the environmental impacts of materials and wastes. David led efforts to develop and update the nation’s first sub-national consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions inventory, served as an invited science advisor to Wal-Mart’s Packaging Sustainable Value Network, and served as an advisor to Paul Hawken’s Project DrawdownA member of the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum’s leadership team, David has a B.A. in physics from Carleton College.


A for Effort: Are Our Sustainable Packaging Efforts Creating a Positive Impact?  

Brian Baker is President of the North American Regional Group of IFOAM—Organics International (IFOAM NA). Dr. Baker is a researcher, consultant and educator who has worked in organic agriculture since 1983. His clients include universities, government agencies, private institutes, and various businesses. He was a founder of the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and a pioneer of organic certification for California Certified Organic Farmers. He is a past member of the IFOAM Standards Committee, Principles of Organic Agriculture Task Force, and the Sustainable Organic Agriculture Action Network that was involved in the development of Organic 3.0. He is currently vice-chair of the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM. Brian grew up on a small family farm in Western New York. His Ph.D. is from Cornell University, and he has also taught college classes on organic agriculture.


Thursday Intensive: Mend a Broken Heart Workshop

Friday Workshop: How Should the Organic Community Respond to Modern Breeding Techniques?