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Organic Leadership Awards to honor three visionaries

A pioneer and tireless teacher of the organic way for more than 40 years, an organic farmer dedicated to making his farming operation a compelling example of a better way to farm, and an environmental engineer who triggered an organic revolution in the mattress and bedding industry have been chosen by OTA for their visionary [...]

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Staff visits New England businesses

Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center staff traveled to Vermont this past week to visit organic businesses and participate in program planning meetings. OTA staff teams visited over one dozen members and member prospects of all sizes and types across the region. This special News Flash highlights a glimpse of some these visits- which [...]

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The sweet taste of success

OTA’s Digital Communications Manager Kelly Taveras, Senior International Trade Manager Monique Marez, and newly named Development and Operations Project Coordinator Tracy Campany were given an insider’s look at the nation’s largest organic maple syrup operation with a visit to Coombs Family Farm in Alstead, NH. Arnold Coombs shared the maple syrup-making process from tree to [...]

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Collecting organic soil samples

The Organic Center’s Director of Science Programs Jessica Shade visited Rosaly’s Garden, the second largest certified organic farm in New Hampshire and the oldest certified organic farm in the state. Jessica met with owner Rosaly Bass and Farm Manager Matt Gifford for a farm tour that included over 20 varieties of tomatoes, 90 varieties of [...]

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“Milking it”

Organic Valley farmers Mary Ellen and David Franklin of Guilford, VT, are basking in an organic milk haven. Their 272 acres are a green lush buffet to their 42 cows. The land spans across the Massachusetts and Vermont borders, and has no space unused. The woods behind their farm buildings help them produce 489 gallons of [...]

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Equivalence expands opportunities

Jason Bellingham, president and owner of OTA member company JBL Foods Inc. in Manchester Center, VT, expressed gratitude to the Organic Trade Association for its role in helping the United States achieve an equivalence arrangement with the European Union, thus enabling small organic apple producers in Serbia to have ready access to U.S. markets. This [...]

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100 percent employee ownership

OTA staff Associate Director of Conference & Project Development Angela Jagiello, Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Marni Karlin, and Membership Manager Linda Lutz visited with New England Natural’s Brand & Sales Marketing Manager Larry Cornick during the OTA staff retreat. The company, which has been a member of the trade association for [...]

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A visit with the “Badgers”

The Organic Center’s Director of Science Programs Jessica Shade, along with OTA’s Senior Accountant Marianne Brum and Director of Communications Tessa Young, visited OTA member Badger, a family-run personal care manufacturer in Gilsum, NH. They thoroughly enjoyed an all-organic lunch with company founder “Badger Bill” and his awesome team. The group toured the Badger facility [...]

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Major study shows nutritional benefits for organic

A major new study from the United Kingdom published in the July 15 issue of the prestigious British Journal of Nutrition found conclusive evidence that organic crops, and the food made from them, are nutritionally superior to their conventional counterparts, corrects many of the shortcomings of earlier studies and should put to rest any doubts [...]

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Exciting research gets early news break

Although the news from the Newcastle University-led study was scheduled to be released late July 14, an early story appearing in The Guardian July 11 started a rush of media attention. The Organic Center, which had been poised to send out its release late July 14, went ahead to distribute its press release and background [...]

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