Organic Consultants & Ag Advisors

Need outside help? CCOF cannot actively consult with its clients regarding organic certification compliance. We do offer a list of organic consultants and agriculture and pest advisors as a resource. This list includes names and contact information as well as a description of the services each consultant provides.

Organic consultants work in a variety of areas and can help with preparation of your Organic System Plan and addressing complicated regulatory issues. Agriculture and pest control advisors are trained in organic production and can help farmers with questions about allowed inputs for their specific crops and conditions.

Organic Consultants

Name and Description Contact Information

Christie Organic Consultants

Having worked both for major organic certification agencies as an inspector, reviewer, and certification representative, and as an independent organic consultant with a prominent consulting firm, anything from the most humble farm to the most complex multi-ingredient processing and packing operations, Lois Christie has seen it all from both sides, making Christie Organic Consultants uniquely qualified to assist you with all things organic. Lois is well versed in the regulations and requirements for the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), as well as many international standards such as Canada, the EU, Japan and Switzerland.

Después de haber trabajado tanto para los principales organismos de certificación orgánica como un inspector, revisor y representante de certificación y como consultor independiente orgánico con una consultoría prominente, Lois Christie ha visto todo desde ambos lados desde la más humilde granja hasta el más complejo procesamiento de multi-ingredientes al igual que operaciones de embalaje, esto hace Christie Organic Consultants especialmente capacitada para ayudarle con todas las cosas orgánicas. Lois está altamente versada en los reglamentos y requisitos para el programa orgánico nacional (NOP) del USDA, así como muchas normas internacionales tales como Canadá, la UE, Japón y Suiza.

Specialization: Grower, Livestock, Processor/Handler (including co-packers), Personal Care Products, Retail, Restaurants

Languages: English, Spanish

Lois Christie

1119 S. Mission Rd. #245

Fallbrook, CA 92028

(760) 723-3775

Service Area: Worldwide; specializing in the U.S. and Mexico

Daniel Giacomini

Independent nutritional and dairy management consultant for 25 years focusing on both conventional and certified organic dairy operations. Developed a process to customize nutritional and management programs for dairy farmers and the dairy feed industry while working to create a greater interface between industry and the dairy farmer - particularly certified organic dairy farmers.

Specialization: Livestock (dairy)

Daniel Giacomini

P.O. Box 354

Middletown, CA 94561

(707) 987-9184

Dr. Joe Montecalvo

Specializes in all aspects of handler and food processing certification requirements for USDA-NOP, EU and export to Japan and Canada compliance requirement. Have served as both an inspector and consultant to the organic food processing industry since 1993. Also specialize in organic food safety, HACCP assessments and optimization of plant sanitation operations and employee training in all areas of organic food safety.

Specialization: Processor/Handler

Dr. Joe Montecalvo

510 Fresno Ave.

Morro Bay, CA 93442

(805) 772-3574

Service Area: U.S./International

Ehlert Organics, Inc.

Expert in organic fiber certification issues in addition to all aspects of organic food and processing.

Specialization: Processor/Handler (fiber)

Fred Ehlert

12194 E. Amherst Cir.

Auroroa, CA 80014

(303) 695-5174

fax (303) 695-5174

Four Seasons Ag Consulting

Farming organically ourselves since 1989, we help develop Farm Plans and OSPs. We also provide full service monitoring and recommendations for pest, disease and weed management and fertility needs.

Specialization: Grower

Cindy Lashbrook, Bill Thompson

12230 Livingston Cressey Rd.

Livingston, CA 95334

(209) 761-0081

Service Area: Central and Northern California

Full Circle Consulting LLC

20 years of experience in the organic industry, with food safety emphasis [GFSI, GMP, HACCP].  Services include organic compliance assessment, organic system plan development, certification application, employee training, inspection support, supplier/co-packer audits.

Specialization: Processing/Handling; Retailer; Broker/Trader; Co-Packer/Private Labeler

Patti Bursten Deutsch

PO Box 165

Viroqua, WI 54665

(608) 206-6499

Service Area: North America

Integrated Organic Services, Inc.

Based in Mexico, we provide evaluation, development, training and verification to the following international organic standards to companies located in the USA, Mexico and Central and South America: NOP, COR, EU, JAS, IFOAM and CAAQ. We evaluate inputs for compliance to the NOP and translate the documentation required to obtain OMRI registration. We put our bilingual organic expertise at your disposal.

Basado en México, proveemos evaluación, desarrollo, capacitación y verificación a las siguientes normas orgánicas internacionales a empresas ubicadas en los EEUU, México y Centro y Sur América: NOP, COR, EU, JAS, IFOAM y CAAQ. Evaluamos el cumplimiento de insumos al NOP y traducimos la documentación requerida para obtener el registro OMRI.

Review & translation of documents required to obtain OMRI registration of inputs & materials. Internal on-site inspections. Development & review of Standard Operating Procedures & Logs (receiving, production, pest control, sanitation, etc.). Training programs. Review of ingredients & materials. Development & review of audit tracking systems.

Revisión y traducción de documentos requeridos para obtener registro OMRI para insumos y materiales. Inspecciones internas de instalaciones. Desarrollo y revisión de Procedimientos Estandarizados Escritos y Bitácoras (recepción, producción, control de plagas, limpieza, etc.). Programas de capacitación. Revisión de ingredientes y materiales. Desarrollo y revisión de sistemas de rastreo.

Specialization: Grower (including greenhouse), Processor/Handler, Retail

Languages: English, Spanish

Cara Smiley

Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico

(831) 359-4096

cell 045-951-228-3386

Service Area: Mexico, Central America, South America, U.S.

Keep It Simple: Organic Solutions

Because all operations are unique, I am dedicated to designing compliance systems that are tailored to meet the needs of your operation while being practical, manageable and above all simple.  Because if it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work. As a full time organic inspector since 2006, I have completed over 1,200 inspections, encompassing grower, handler/processor, livestock and dairy operations.  From trace-back audits to dry matter calculations, I have the necessary experience to reduce your paperwork burden while providing solid systems of documentation that will keep your certification efforts as efficient and hassle-free as possible. 

Specialization: Livestock, Dairy

Languages: English

Benjamin Lewis

201 2nd St.

Davis, CA 95616

(530) 574-1407

Mark Chass

Comprehensive certification and inspection experience since 1982.

Specialization: Grower, Livestock, Processor/Handler

Mark Chass

P.O. Box 2161

Sebastopol, CA 95473

(707) 824-9544

fax (707) 824-9544

Service Area: San Francisco Bay Area, Northern California

Organic Consulting Firm, The

Let The Organic Consulting Firm (The OCF) do the work for you! The OCF is an international company providing full service evaluation, development, training, and verification to organic standards, including USDA, JAS, Canada, EU, and others. The founders are active in today’s organic certification industry. The OCF will integrate organic compliance into existing procedures to create a complete customized Organic System Plan.

Specialization: Grower, Processor/Handler, Livestock, Retail, OMRI

Languages: English

Karen Troxell, Shannon Murphy

30520 Rancho California Road Suite 107-101

Temecula, CA 92591

(951) 676-4395

fax (760) 454-2337

Service Area: Worldwide with offices located in Southern California

Organic Education Solutions (OES), LLC

Organic Education Solutions offers premier trainings, products and consulting services to organic and food safety operators. Our goal is to increase your company’s compliance to industry requirements. We offer critical knowledge of best practices to  improve the performance of your team and system and prevent common and costly mistakes. Visit us at our website and try our new training kit, “Keep It Organic” for organic processing employees.

Specialization: Qualified for national and international organic and food safety programs for growers, livestock, and processors

Krista Wanser

PO Box 104

Dwight, NE 68635

(813) 422-5533

Organic Help

Organic certification consultant specializing in crops and processing. Services include assessment to USDA NOP and international standards compliancy. Offering complete Application and Organic System Plan development. Consulting with emphasis on support and education for the producer and staff.

Specialization: Grower, Processor/Handler

Carol Cripe

32902 Lilac Road

Valley Center, CA 92082

Service Area: Southern California

Organic Integrity International

Over 35 years of experience in organic handling, farming and consulting/training.  Have worked in over 40 countries with governments, many of the largest organic companies in the world down to small strart-ups. I am sure we can assist in bringing success to your certified organic endeavors.  

Specialization:  Processor/Handler, Grower, Grower Groups, Retail

Languages: English, Spanish

Rick Martinez

1250 Chesapeake Dr.

Odessa, FL 33556

(813) 765-0282

Service Area: World Wide

Organic Systems International, Inc.

Specialist in farm and handler organic, food safety and quality compliance consulting and training. Quick delivery of high quality plans, streamlined and customized to the company's needs. 20 years experience in organic audits. Currently enrolled at Utah State University for a Masters in Food Safety and Quality. 

Specialization: Grower, Livestock, Processor/Handler

Languages: English, French

Stanley Edwards

1665 N. 1770 E

Logan, UT 84341

(208) 354-4467

Service Area: World Wide

Purgatory Ventures

Organic certification consultant holding a California PCA license.

Specialization: Grower

Christine Flannigan

50806 Bramble Lane

Squaw Valley, CA 93675

(559) 338-3138

Service Area: California counties of Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Kings

Richard D. Siegel Law Offices

Agricultural lawyer in Washington, DC, for over 30 years, specializing in legal counsel and Federal government representation for organic food & fiber companies, ingredient companies, fertilizer and seed companies, associations and certifiers.  Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, USDA.

Specialization: Regulatory Assistance

Richard Siegel

600 New Hampshire Ave. NW #500

Washington, D.C. 20037

(202) 518-6364

fax (202) 234-3550

Rick Falkenberg, Ph.D.

We simplify the certification process for you, no matter if you are experienced or a beginning organic producer, processor, trader, distributor, retailer or restaurateur.  We can assists you in assuring that your organic facility, ingredient and product suppliers are fully compliant to standards such as the USA NOP 7 CFR Part 205, the European Union EEC 2092/91, the Japan JAS and IFOAM.

Specialization: Processor/Handler, Retail

Rick Falkenberg, Ph.D.

Turlock, CA 95382

(831) 596-3652

fax (888) 867-4137

Service Area: California and Pacific Northwest

Sheila Linderman

Organic certification and products specialist, with expertise in processing, farming, and personal care/cosmetics.

Specialization: Grower, Processor/Handler, Retail, Personal Care Products

Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Sheila Linderman

24401 Highlander Road

West Hills, CA 9107

(818) 992-5094

Service Area: U.S. and Canada, EU (particularly France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK), Morocco

Simple Organic Solutions

Experts in processing and handling. SOS knows the regulations, understands the processing industry and can accommodate to your unique needs.

Specialization: Processor/Handler, Personal Care Products

Bob Durst

1873 Bullevard

Philomath, OR 97370

(541) 740-6490

fax (541) 740-6490

Service Area: Primarily Western U.S.

Stephen V. Bird

Let me help you to simplify the organic certification and/or third-party food safety audit process.  I can save you time and money; preparing for your next audit, submitting your initial application, training your staff to lead audits, solving issues of concern noted in previous audits, finding solutions to conflicting organic and food safety requirements, or by becoming your audit manager via our preferred client program.  I have led audits for CCOF, QAI, QCS, OMRI, SCS (GlobalGap), & PrimusLabs.  I know what it takes to get through audits efficiently.  Trained in organic crops, organic processing/handling, international organic standards (Biosuisse, COR, EU, JAS, MAFF, & Taiwan), GlobalGap, HACCP, & ISO22,000:2005.

Specialization: Grower, Processor/Handler, Food Safety (GlobalGap, Ranch, Harvest Crew, Cold Storage, Processing w/ HACCP, & MGAP)

Stephen V. Bird

2748 Rogue River Circle

West Sacramento, CA  95691

(916) 214-8720

Sustainable Strategies

Advisors in Food and Agriculture. Bob Anderson has over 35 years of hands-on experience in all aspects of organic agriculture, organic processing, organic certification, marketing, government relations and international trade. He also serves as an advisor to the USDA, NOP, Foreign Agriculture Service and U.S. Department of State. Until 2000, he was president of Walnut Acres Organic Farms, one of the founding and most respected organic foods businesses in the United States.

Specialization: Grower, Livestock, Processor/Handler, and International/foreign certifications and trade agreements

Bob Anderson

206 Harris Avenue

Boalsburg, PA 16827

(814) 574-1063

Service Area: Worldwide


Wolf, DiMatteo & Associates, Inc.

Experts in organic regulations, policy, compliance, strategy, production, and handling. NOSB petitions; certification assistance, Organic System Plans for NOP, EU, COR; input reviews and OMRI, WSDA, CDFA approvals. Helping people with  strategic plans, sustainable development, and triple bottom line mission for over 30 years. Network of associates worldwide.

Specialization: Grower, Livestock, Wild Harvest, Processor/Handler, Retail

Bill Wolf, President; Sandy Mays, Partner, Operations & Certification Support; Katherine DiMatteo, Managing Partner, Client Services; Sue Wagner, Associate, Input Reviews and Compliance

49 Race Street

P.O. Box 458

Newcastle, VA 24127

(540) 864-5107

fax (540) 864-5161

Service Area: Worldwide

Ag Advisors

These Agricultural Advisors are supporting Business Partners of CCOF who provide pest control and crop advisory services.

Name and Description Contact Information

Agricultural Consulting, Inc.

James Mose

Selma, CA

(559) 285-7757

American Insectaries, Inc

We have been in business for 15 years offering field scouting, IPM program design, and beneficial insects for growers.  Our concentration is in avocados and citrus, of which we currently scout about 2500 acres in San Diego and Riverside counties, of which about 450 acres is organic.  Jim Davis has held PCA license # 2759 since 1984 and has also worked in vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, nursery, and turf.

James Davis

Escondido, CA

(760) 747-2920


The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) manages the ATTRA project — the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. ATTRA provides free information in English and Spanish about organic farming and marketing. These resources help guide certifiers and producers through transition, certification, and production for a wide range of crops and livestock.

Rex Dufour, Marisa Alcorta

Davis, CA

(530) 792-7338

Crop Production Services, Inc.

At Crop Production Services we are focused on one thing and one thing only – providing our customers with the products and services they need to grow the best crops possible. We do this farm by farm, nursery by nursery and customer by customer by leveraging our global experience. With more than 30 staffed facilities in California our strength in “Matching Science and Technology to Grower Needs” is the benchmark for superior agricultural sales and service to California’s diverse grower community. At C.P.S. we recognize the importance of organic farming and carry a wide selection of organic products.

David Goodrich

Santa Maria, CA

(805) 928-8277

Glenn Feenstra

Riverside, CA

(951) 203-4995