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Agromeris LLC

Agromeris LogoAGROMERIS is a consulting firm that focuses on the unique needs of the food and agricultural industry. With over 30 years of experience in the field, our team has advised leading companies in food processing, marketing and agribusiness, as well as government agencies and institutions, on how to assess and strategically consider their next moves in a rapidly changing world marketplace.

Our services include the development of specialty, organic and identity-preserved sourcing programs; strategic business planning; market research, analysis and feasibility studies; competitive intelligence; and, creating future-focused scenario analysis with which companies can evaluate a range of potential outcomes of various initiatives.


America Knows How

AmeriKnows_Logo_Hrz_RGBAmerica Knows How is a coalition of business sector partners who work together to educate, engage, and inspire business leaders, team members, customers, and communities on climate change solutions. The coalition members represent businesses large and small, from across the country and a breadth of industries. The America Knows How program provides a suite of resources to create more sustainable businesses including best practice tools and tips, and communication research and guidance to engage others in the importance of climate solutions. SFTA is a partner in this national network which is open to individuals, businesses and organizations.


Apex Manufacturing Solutions, LLC
ApexManufacturingSolutions LogoApex Manufacturing Solutions provides comprehensive, end-to-end manufacturing solutions that include automation systems design and integration, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), continuous improvement consulting and implementation, and support services.

Apex is passionate about designing automation solutions that are sustainable, flexible, and fit with the culture of the customer. Using best in class technologies, we have helped customers gain visibility into their processes (reporting), increase efficiencies (performance monitoring), manage formulations (recipe), and make connections between the plant floor and their ERP systems. Our focus is on long term solutions that can grow with your business.

Apex is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise.

California Certified Organic Farmers

CCOF promotes and supports organic food and agriculture through a premier organic certification program, trade support, producer and consumer education and political advocacy. From apples to zucchini, from almonds to wine, CCOF is involved in every facet of organics, with over 1,300 different organic crops and products, including livestock, processed products and services.

CCOF provides certification services to all stages of the organic food chain from farms to processors, restaurants and retailers. CCOF certifies to the USDA National Organic Program standards and CCOF international standards.


EarthSOIL, Inc.
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EarthSOIL, Inc. is a USA based organic fertilizer / plant food manufacturer that supports “Back to Nature” alternatives for today’s environmental problems. Most, if not all of our environmental problems are man made. However, nature has provided solutions to these problems. All we need is the knowledge to know how to take advantage of these all natural solutions. EarthSOIL, Inc. embraces any and all efforts to go “Back to Nature.”

Global ID Group

Through its offices in the US, UK, Brazil and Germany,  Global ID Group provides a range of products and services dedicated to the production of safe, ethical, and sustainable food.   Through its Genetic ID companies, Global ID offers pathogen and food authenticity testing and is a global leader in the testing and analysis of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  In addition, Global ID provides Non-GMO certification, food safety certification (BRC and SQF), and the certification of socially responsible and sustainable agriculture through its Cert ID companies.  Global ID is also the technical administrator of the Non-GMO Project. 

Good Company

Good_Company_LogoGood Company is a mission-driven sustainability consulting firm that helps our clients measure, manage and market their sustainability performance and works with companies around the country and the globe in the organic sector. Our clients share our mission of making sustainability work and value both critical and creative thinking for their operations, their projects and their new ventures.

Since 2001, Good Company has helped over 120 organizations in the public and private sectors improve their triple bottom line. We are proud of the work our clients do and we are proud of the work we do for them. We know that our work is never done and seek constantly to improve our methods to serve our mission

Independent Natural Food Retailers Association




We are a cooperative owned and governed by natural and organic food retailers of all sizes working together to leverage our voice in the industry. We unite our members for the purpose of providing operational support, leveraging purchase power, and engaging in other marketing activities on behalf of our retail members.



Maracuja Solutions

Maracuja SolutionsMaracuja Solutions partners with food and agriculture companies to integrate business strategy and systems with sustainability and supply chain integrity initiatives. After nearly 20 years of global work in organic certification, sustainability, agriculture, and manufacturing, we merge practical needs around efficiency, worker and food safety into your programs to make them effective and meaningful. Maracuja (mar-a-koo-SHA) means “passionfruit” in Spanish and Portuguese; we can’t think of a better way to describe the results of our efforts – companies’ measurably improved triple (people, planet, profit) bottom lines.

National Co+op Grocers

National Co+op Grocers (NCG) is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. We represent 128 food co-ops operating more than 165 stores in 35 states with combined annual sales of over $1.4 billion and over 1.3 million consumer-owners. NCG helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere


NSF International

NSF-InternationalNSF International is a global independent public health and safety company that provides auditing, testing, consulting and training, certification, and product claims for the entire food supply chain.  We specialize in meeting the needs of the Natural & Organic, Health & Wellness, Produce and Agricultural product sectors.  With over 70 years of experience serving the food industry, we are the trusted experts in food safety and quality and sustainability, product claims verification and consumer assurance. Our broad portfolio of services help you strengthen your brand and improve efficiency by combining services to create a comprehensive, streamlined safety and quality compliance program for your company.

To learn how NSF can help your business, contact us at or +1 877 893 1325.


Oregon Tilth

Oregon Tilth is a nonprofit organization supporting and promoting biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture through education, research, advocacy, and certification. Oregon Tilth advocates sustainable approaches to agricultural production systems and processing, handling and marketing.

Oregon Tilth’s purpose is to educate gardeners, farmers, legislators, and the general public about the need to develop and use sustainable growing practices that promote soil health, conserve natural resources, and prevent environmental degradation while producing a clean and healthful food supply for humanity.

Organic Trade Association

Organic Trade AssociationThe Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America. OTA’s mission is to promote and protect organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public, and the economy. OTA envisions organic products becoming a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people’s lives and the environment.

OTA represents businesses across the organic supply chain and addresses all things organic, including food, fiber/textiles, personal care products, and new sectors as they develop. Over sixty percent of OTA trade members are small businesses.


Provender Alliance


Provender Alliance, which began in 1977, is a non-profit membership organization providing networking, outreach, and education to natural foods and related companies doing business in the Northwest. The word “provender” means provisions or foodstuffs. Part of the reason the industry is so strong in the Northwest is due to efforts of Provender Alliance members and the annual Provender conference. Members currently represent nearly 200 retailers, distributors, manufacturers, brokers, consultants, and individuals from Northern California, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, British Columbia, and Alaska, plus areas outside of the Northwest.

Pure Strategies


Pure Strategies is a leading U. S. sustainability consulting firm that helps organizations improve environmental and social performance through green product design, sustainable materials, strong community relationships and transparent measures of progress.

Quality Assurance International

Founded in 1989, QAI is the leading provider of organic certification services verifying organic integrity throughout the supply chain ( Additional certification services include gluten-free, kosher, non-GMO, natural personal care, social responsibility and food safety through its parent company NSF International. QAI remains dedicated to the environment, while providing educational outreach to the organic community, customers and consumers. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., the company has grown to include operations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Japan and the European Union.


WISErg is a hybrid technology company combining bio-, clean-, and high-tech systems to create a revolutionary solution for managing urban-generated organics. Their Harvester™ utilizes patent-pending technology to intercept nutrients from food scraps before they become waste. Grocers and commercial kitchens use it to dispose of food scraps with no mess, no odor and no sewage output.

Wolf, DiMatteo + Associates

We are the Organic Specialists. Since 1995, we have had the privilege of advising over 100 companies on how to grow their slice of the organic sector. Whether you are looking for a single piece of advice on certification, compliance, or farming practices, or ongoing support with strategic direction in the U.S. and overseas, we bring unrivaled expertise toward helping your products and projects reach their full potential—and flourish.

We approach our work based on the principles and philosophy of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements and standards imbued in the National Organic Program—and we guide clients from organic compliance to organic and sustainable culture. We are fiercely committed to continual improvement and give you tools to advance your organic, environmental, and social practices.





Tessa Young

Vice President of Communications
Organic Trade Association
Washington, DC

Tessa serves as a creative leader on OTA’s Integrated Marketing and Communications team where she is responsible for implementing a corporate communications strategy to advance OTA’s mission across its various trade audiences. She has an MBA in Organizational and Environmental Sustainability from Antioch University New England and a triple-major undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts. OTA, an umbrella organization uniting more than 7,000 member companies across the entire supply chain, promotes and protects today’s $39 billion organic sector.

Michelle Suess

Sustainability Coordinator
LifeSource Natural Foods
Salem, OR

Michelle Suess has a combined passion for great food and environmental sustainability. She puts her degrees in biology and environmental science to use as sustainability coordinator, recycling coordinator, and health and safety administrator at LifeSource Natural Foods and on the board of Directors for the SFTA. Seven years into a formal sustainability program and five annual sustainability reports later, LifeSource has come a long way toward understanding and accomplishing its sustainability goals and was honored to recently be named the 8th Best Green Business to Work for in Oregon. Michelle is excited to share the work LifeSource is doing with the larger community.

Kelly Hoell

Sustainability Consultant
Good Company
Eugene, OR

Kelly specializes in technical and market research, sustainability and greenhouse gas assessments and sustainability program development. Kelly has worked on over 50 greenhouse gas inventories for international food processors, food distributors, transit agencies, municipal government operations and entire communities. She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon teaching environmental assessment and is an MBA candidate at Oregon State University. Good Company helps clients from around the country and the globe to measure, manage and market their sustainability performance.

Shauna Sadowski

Director of Sustainability
Annie’s, Inc.
Berkeley, CA

Shauna Sadowski is responsible for Annie’s sustainability strategy, including sustainability reporting, education, and supply chain impacts, with a particular emphasis on food and farming programs. In prior years, Shauna has been a management consultant and a farm girl; she is a graduate of the Friedman School at Tufts University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Berkeley with her husband, daughters and boisterous Boston Terrier.

Hannah La Luzerne

Sustainability Manager
Wholesum Family Farms
Nogales, AZ

Hannah inspires a spirit of responsibility by coordinating sustainability projects at organic farms in Arizona and Mexico and helping suppliers work toward Fair Trade certification. Working across languages, cultures, and stakeholder groups, her work helps grow a more sustainable Wholesum from the roots up. A native Arizonan, Hannah loves deciphering Spanglish on the border and listening to thunder from the monsoon rains.

Diana Chapman

Director of Sustainability
PCC Natural Markets
Seattle, WA

Diana joined PCC Natural Markets (PCC) in 2002 and has served the co-op in community relations, communications and sustainability roles. Her background includes several years in banking and media focused primarily on marketing and market research. She earned her undergraduate degree in secondary education from the State University of New York at Oneonta and an MBA from the University of Puget Sound. Her best work and happiest work has been the raising of her son and daughter, both of whom held their first jobs at PCC. Diana is a founding member of the SFTA board.

Britt Lundgren

Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
Stonyfield Farm
Londonderry, NH

Prior to 2011, Britt spent five years as an agricultural policy specialist for Environmental Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. She holds a Master of Science in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from Tufts University. Together with Stonyfield co-founder and chair Gary Hirshberg and Dr. Charles Benbrook, she co-authored Label It Now, a book that makes the case for labeling genetically engineered foods. Britt also serves on the board of the New Hampshire Conservation Law Foundation, and as an Advisor to AGree. She has worked on organic farms in Maine, Massachusetts, and Colorado, and is an avid fiddle player.

Jonathan Reinbold

Sustainability, Research & Grant Manager
Organic Valley
La Farge, WI

Jonathan works at the nexus of energy, water and food systems to promote farmland stewardship and improve ecosystem health while contributing to robust local food systems. He leads the Organic Valley sustainability department’s efforts in natural resource conservation, renewable energy production, environmental research and employee engagement. His experience spans sustainability strategy, non‐profit management, food systems policy, renewable energy and green design. Jonathan is active in international sustainability collaborations. He previously served on the board of the land conservation non-profit, Valley Stewardship Network. Jonathan earned his MA in Environment & Community from Antioch University Seattle.

Peter Golbitz

Agromeris LLC
Estero, FL

With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Peter works closely with leading businesses and organizations on market and business development projects at Agromeris, an advisory firm that focuses on the unique needs of the specialty food and agricultural marketplace. Previously, Peter was the Director of International Business Development at SunOpta, a leading U.S. food processor. He was the founder and president of Soyatech, a consulting and publishing company of the annual Soya & Oilseed Bluebook. Currently, he also serves on the board of the World Soy Foundation, and sits on technical committees of the Organic Trade Association.

Natalie Reitman-White

Senior Director of Organizational Vitality and Sustainability
Organically Grown Company
Portland, OR

Since 2005, Natalie has worked with cross-departmental teams to integrate sustainable practices across OGC and lead’s OGCs organic trade advocacy efforts. She has been on the faculty for the Institute for Sustainable Environment at the University of Oregon, was the first Executive Director of the Sustainable Food Trade Association and currently serves on numerous organic advisory boards. In 2013, Natalie shifted her focus to include “organizational vitality”. In her new role she leads of human resources ensuring organizational alignment with OGCs unique “shared-ownership” culture, strategic talent management and organizational development activities.

Hansel New

Manager of Corporate Sustainability
WhiteWave Foods
Louisville, CO

At WhiteWave Foods, a leading organic and natural foods company with such well-known brands as Silk, So Delicious Dairy Free, Earthbound Farms, and Horizon Organic, Hansel’s focus areas include ethical sourcing, packaging innovation, resource conservation, and consumer engagement. He received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from Oregon State University and an MBA in Sustainable Business with a focus in Food Systems Management from Marylhurst University.

Brionne Saseen

Facilities and Sustainability Manager
Chico Natural Foods Cooperative
Chico, CA

Brionne earned an interdisciplinary degree in Human Rights & Environmental Advocacy from California State University, Chico with minor in Statistics in early 2011. During her time as a student, she worked for the Recycling and Sustainability offices on campus and served as the Zero-Waste Coordinator for the university. In 2011 she joined the Lundberg Family Farms team as their Environmental Coordinator. She has since moved on to work with Chico Natural Foods Cooperative as their Facilities & Sustainability Manager. She has served on the SFTA BOD since 2013.

Jim Pierce

Global Certification Program Manager
Oregon Tilth Certified Organic
Corvallis, Oregon

With over 25 years of dedication to the Organic Revolution, Jim, worked from 2008-2015 as the Global Certification Program Manager for Oregon Tilth responsible for: monitoring, assessing and interpreting International Organic Standards for clients and staff, and managing international accreditations. Previous to this position Jim worked Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative as Certification Czar. He earned his degree in Microbiology at Western Illinois University. Jim and his wife Cathy currently reside in central Pennsylvania countryside with their two daughters and no television.

Jason Boyce

Sustainability Manager
Nature’s Path Foods
Richmond, BC, Canada

At Nature’s Path Foods, a leader in the organic food sector for over 25 years, Jason leads the efforts to achieve its ambitious sustainability goals such as Zero Waste 2015 and Climate Neutral 2020. He has over 10 years of experience working to support sustainable food systems, and obtained his MBA is Sustainable Business in 2008 from Pinochet University. He is a passionate foodie who loves spending his free time cooking in his kitchen with his family.