OTA to Honor CCOF Leaders at Expo East

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) will honor three outstanding CCOF leaders at its upcoming annual Organic Leadership Awards Celebration in Baltimore, Maryland on September 12, 2018 during Natural Products Expo East. Javier Zamora of CCOF-certified JSM Organics will receive the Rising Star Award. Stephanie and Blake Alexandre of Alexandre EcoDairy Farm will receive the 2018 Organic Farmers of the Year award. 
“These three deserving CCOF members are being recognized for their strong leadership within the organic sector. Javier and the Alexandres are exemplary organic farmers who share a deep commitment to organic production and public service,” said CCOF Executive Director/CEO Cathy Calfo. “These awardees give back to the organic community in many ways—from serving in CCOF governance positions to volunteering their time and resources to programs like the CCOF Future Organic Farmer Foundation. We look forward to celebrating with Javier and the Alexandres at the OTA awards celebration.”
The Alexandres have been CCOF members since 2003. Stephanie, Blake, and their five children operate four grass-based organic dairies and run an organic creamery, manage a large-scale organic pastured poultry and egg operation, and raise pastured pork. Stephanie Alexandre served on the CCOF’s board of directors for 10 years (2007-2017) and is an advisory committee member for the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund. The Alexandre family’s dairy, poultry, egg, and pork operations exemplify organic livestock production that has scaled up without losing integrity and organic values. These diverse organic enterprises are living proof that strict compliance with the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) standard would have been achievable for all scales of organic producers. 
Zamora started farming organically in 2012 at the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) on 1.5 acres. Today, Zamora farms over 100 acres on California’s Central Coast and is a leading voice in his local organic community. Zamora frequently speaks on farmer panels and at events. He is a strong advocate for beginning farmers and is a member of the USDA Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. He sits on the boards of ALBA, the Ecological Farming Association, and the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency
OTA will also honor Margaret Scoles of the International Organic Inspectors Association for the Growing the Organic Industry Award. Scoles is a longtime organic leader who has been instrumental in training and educating professionals who conduct annual onsite inspections of certified organic operations. Her work has directly contributed to the strong integrity of the USDA organic label. 
The awards celebration will take place during Natural Products Expo East. Tickets for the celebration are available online