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OTA’s Organic Leadership Award

 

An OTA Organic Leadership Award is the association's highest honor. The award is given annually to an individual, inside or outside the organic industry, who has shown leadership and vision in furthering goals of the organic movement.

Learn more about the nomination process. Contact Tessa Young with questions.


Past Honorees:

2013
Arran and Ratana Stephens, Nature’s Path Foods
Growing the Organic Industry Award

Kyle Mathison, Stemilt Growers
The Organic Farmer of the Year Award

Karen and Colin Archipley, Archi’s Acres/VSAT
The Rising Star Award


2012
Gary Hirshberg 

Organic Leadership Award for Achievement in Growing the Organic Industry

Zea Sonnabend

Organic Leadership Award for Achievement in Growing Organic Agriculture

2011

Michael Funk
Organic Leadership Award for Achievement in Growing the Organic Industry

Mark Lipson
Organic Leadership Award for Achievement in Growing Organic Agriculture

2010

Theresa Marquez
Organic Leadership Award for Achievement in Growing the Organic Industry


Bob Quinn
Organic Leadership Award for Achievement in Growing Organic Agriculture


2009
Paddy Doherty
Organic Leadership Award for Achievement in Growing the Organic Industry

Eldon, Wendell, Harlan and Homer Lundberg
Organic Leadership Award for Achievement in Growing Organic Agriculture

2008

Ray Fuller
Organic Farming Leadership Award


Drew and Myra Goodman
Organic Leadership Award


2007
Larry Jacobs and Sandra Belin
Organic Farming Leadership Award

Howard Shapiro
Organic Leadership Award

2006
Katherine DiMatteo
Outstanding Individual Achievement

2005
Joseph Smillie
Special Pioneer Award

LaRhea & Terry Pepper
Organic Agriculture Award

2004
Neil Strayer
Organic Agriculture Award

Nora Pouillon, Nora's/Asia Nora's
Special Pioneer Award

2003
The Rodale Family


2002

Bená Burda, Maggie’s Organics/Clean Clothes, Inc.
Special Pioneer Award

Dave Reibling, Oak Manor Farms
Organic Agriculture Award

 

Mark Retzloff
Outstanding Individual Achievement Award 

 

Bob Scowcroft, Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)
Legislative and Regulatory Award

 

2001
Allen Shainsky, Petaluma Poultry (posthumously)
Special Pioneer Award

Bill Wolf, Wolf & Associates
Outstanding Individual Achievement Award

 

2000
Kathleen Merrigan, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

1999

Frank Ford, Founder, Arrowhead Mills

 

1998

Paul K. Keene, Founder, Walnut Acres

 

1997

The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy

 
 
2014 Annual Fund

Research and Promotion 2012

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