IFOAM North America

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About IFOAM North America

IFOAM North America is the official self-organized regional body of IFOAM members in Canada, the United States, and the English-speaking Caribbean. Its mission is to educate the public, provide a forum to exchange ideas, and engage in North American-specific activities to advance organic agriculture and its principles, in partnership with IFOAM-Organics International and the global organic community. We seek to advance the landmarks of organic agriculture, including the Principles of Organic Agriculture and Organic 3.0.


After years of discussion and planning, IFOAM members in the region held an initial General Assembly in Baltimore on September 22, 2016. Board members were elected and the IFOAM NA Board held its first meeting in January 2017. Members were surveyed to find out what they wanted IFOAM NA to do and set priorities. Based on the results of the survey, the IFOAM NA Board prepared a Strategic Plan that was presented at the 2017 membership meeting. IFOAM NA was incorporated in the US as a separate legal entity in 2018.


Ken McCormick is now IFOAM North America's Coordinator. 


 IFOAM North America Board and Officers

IFOAM North America Board 2020
Brian BakerBrian is a researcher and consultant with over 30 years of experience working with organic farmers.
Brian Baker — President 
Jennifer TaylorJennifer is the grand-daughter of a sharecropper, an organic farmer who serves on the Board of the Organic Farmers Association and is Associate Professor and coordinator of Small Farm Programs at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical  University.
Jennifer Taylor — Vice-President
Steve WalkerSteve is the Accreditation & Industry Affairs Manager for MOSA Certified Organic.
Steve Walker — Secretary 
Margaret ScolesMargaret Scoles serves as Executive Director of IOIA, maintaining their office in Montana since January 1999.
Margaret Scoles — Treasurer
Marla CarlsonMarla is President of Organic Connections, the largest organic farming conference in Western Canada. 
Marla Carlson 
Arzeena HamirArzeena and her husband run a 26 acre certified organic vegetable and fruit farm in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Arzeena Hamir 
Shannon JonesShannon is a small-scale organic farmer in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Shannon Jones 
Monique MarezMonique hails from Colorado and has worked in the food system since 1999.  She is an ambassador for the U.S. organic movement leading projects in over 30 countries and runs a strategy practice serving the industry.
Monique Marez 
Allison SquiresAllison is an owner and operator of Upland Organics, an organic grain farm in Saskatchewan with her husband and three children.She is an active member of the organic agriculture community and currently sits on several local, regional and national boards.
Allison Squires 



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