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Meet Your 2013 NODPA Board Members and State Reps!

The Board

NODPA would like to present to its readers the inner workings of this fantastic organization. Only organic dairy farmers can be members and the members elect the Board of Directors who control the priorities and direction of the organization, including the hiring and firing of its Executive Director.

NODPA members are continuously contributing their thoughts and opinions informally and formally through State Representatives and Board members, and direct communication to NODPA Staff (Ed Maltby, the Executive Director, and Lisa McCrory, NODPA News and Web Editor).

The Board and State Representatives guide NODPA and make sure that it is staying true it’s mission of “enabling organic dairy family farmers, situated across an extensive area, to have informed discussion about matters critical to the well being of the organic dairy industry as a whole.”

  • They spend countless hours on conference calls, usually after 8:00 pm;
  • They contribute financially through the NODPA check-off program;
  • They attend Field Days and other events to represent and promote NODPA and organic dairy farmers;
  • They work on editing position papers, articles and press releases;
  • They travel to meet with processors to advocate for a higher pay price and better contractual conditions;
  • They provide support for NODPA staff.

Below is a brief bio of our wonderful NODPA Board and State Representatives, and NODPA Staff along with their contact information. Please stay in touch!

Your NODPA Board Members

Liz Bawden (NODPA Board President, NY): Liz farms in Hammond, New York, and has been organic since 2000 and involved with NODPA since 2002. She milks 50 Holstein and Brown Swiss cows with her husband Brian and son Nathan. Their milk is currently marketed to Horizon Organic. Email: bawden@cit-tele.com, Phone: 315-324-6926.

Dave Johnson (NODPA Board Vice President, PA): farms in Liberty, Pennsylvania and has been involved with NODPA since 2003. David’s farm has been certified organic since 2001. He recently sold his dairy herd, but used to milk a seasonal herd of 50 cows and shipped his milk to Organic Valley. Email: provident@epix.net, Phone: 570-324-2285.

Steve Morrison (NODPA Board Secretary and Policy Committee Chair): farms in Charleston, Maine with his partner Sonja and has been involved with NODPA since its inception (February, 2001). His farm has been certified since 1997. Steve and Sonja milk about 50 Jerseys and ship to Organic Valley, and will soon be joining MooMilk. Email: smorrison@midmaine.com, Phone: 207-285-7085, Fax: 207-285-0128.

George Wright (NODPA Board Treasurer, NY): George and Linda Wright farm in Russell N.Y. about thirty miles from the Canadian border. “It’s not the end of the world, but you can see it from here!” says George. The Wrights have been milking about 60 cows at their current location since 1995. They became certified organic in the fall of 2000 and have always shipped to Horizon Organic. Email: wrightwaydairy@yahoo.com, Phone: 315-347-4604.

Steve Kimball (NODPA Board, NY): Steve farms in Falconer, NY, and has shipped organic milk since 2006 and has been involved with NODPA since then. He and his wife Cathy have 5 children. He currently has 6 employees (3 full time and 3 part time) and attempts to produce his grain as well as forage for about 170 cows and 170 youngstock. His milk is marketed through Upstate-Niagara and currently is mostly Wegmans organic dairy products. Email: steve@kimvale.com, Phone: 716-267-9272.

Steve Russell (NODPA Board, ME): farms in Winslow, ME and has been involved with NODPA since 2001. He was certified organic in 1989 for vegetables and in 1997 for dairy. Steve milks about 50 cows, mostly Jerseys with some Ayrshires and crosses and ships his milk to Organic Valley. Email: jwinrussell@roadrunner.com, Phone: 207-872-6533.

Rick Segalla (NODPA Board, CT): farms in Canaan, CT and has been involved with NODPA since 2001, and was NODPA President from 2009 - 2011. He has been certified organic since 1999, milks 100 Holsteins, and ships his milk to Organic Valley. Email: mocow@earthlink.net, Phone: 860-824-0241.

Craig Russell (NODPA Board, VT): Craig farms with his wife and three children in Brookfield and Randolph Center, VT. He has been producing organic milk since 2006, shipping to Organic Valley, and has been involved with NODPA since 2006. They currently milk 50 cows and are raising 70 replacements to slowly grow back the herd. Along with organic milk, they market organic beef, chicken and turkey under the Brotherly Farm organic label, and play an active role in the farm to school program. Email: brotherlyfarm@yahoo.com, Phone: 802-272-7726.

Morven Allen (NODPA Board, MA): Morven has been certified organic since 2005 and milks 230 cows of every breed. He farms 1100 acres in Massachusetts and New York. He currently ships milk to Organic Valley has two full time employees and two part-time employees. He is assisted by his 15 year-old son and has been involved with NODPA since 2005. Email: morvenallen@live.com, Phone: 413-229-6018.

Your NODPA State Representatives

Below are the State Representatives, all of whom donate their time to fulfill NODPA’s mission. Any organic dairy farmer who wishes to become a state representative or just be involved in conference calls and NODPA discussions should call NODPA president, Liz Baldwin – 315-324-6926.

Siobhan Griffin, NODPA Representative, New York: Siobhan owns and operates Rain Dance Organic Farm in Schnevus, NY, and has been involved with NODPA since 2002, and she was the host farm for our 2011 NODPA Field Days. Her operation has been certified organic since 1997, and she milks 80 Holstein cows but is making changes to shift her herd to seasonal production. Siobhan produces a grass-fed semi-hard cheese (Sun Cheese), and sells the bulk of her milk is sold to Organic Valley (raindanceorganicfarm.org). Email: raindance@baka. com, Phone: 607-286-9362.

Roman and Dwight Stoltzfoos, NODPA Representative, Pennsylvania: Roman, his wife Lucy, and their children, and now grandchildren operate SpringWood Organic Farm, in Kinzers, PA (Lancaster County). Their organic dairy operation is the largest supplier for SE PA Natural By Nature milk. They have a processing plant on the farm where some of the milk and eggs are made into gelato and yogurt; raise organic turkeys; and GMO-Free laying hens follow the grazing dairy herd in free-range style with moveable solar powered coops. Roman has been involved with NODPA since 2001; his farm hosted the first annual NODPA Field Days in 2001, and we returned to his farm in 2009 (www.springwoodfarm.com) for the 9th Annual NODPA Field Days. Email: romans@epix.net, Phone: 610-593-2415.

Rodney Martin, NODPA Representative, Virginia: Rodney operated Bridge View Dairy in Oxford, PA for 13 years, farming 250 acres and milking 225 crossbred cows (Holstien, Normande, Jersey, Red Dane, Swedish Red) in an intensively grazed, grain-free system. He shipped his milk to Horizon and sold some milk and aged Cheese (among other things) from his farm store. Rodney moved to VA in 2009 onto a small grass farm where he has pastured hens and custom grazes dairy heifers. He currently supports the large dairy community in Virginia and West Virginia as a Representative for Lancaster Ag Products. Email: rodney@lancasterag.com, Phone: 540-705-7834.

Arden Landis, NODPA Representative, Pennsylvania: Arden farms in Kirkwood, Pennsylvania and has been involved with NODPA since 2002. He has been certified organic since 1999 and milked 85 cows (retiring from milking cows in 2010). The breeds on his farm were Holstein, Jersey, Brown Swiss/Holstein crosses and numerous other crosses. Arden shipped his milk to Horizon Organic. Today Arden rears heifers, consults, and is an organic inspector. Email: c2graze@dejazzd.com, Phone: 717-484-0038.

John Stoltzfus, NODPA Representative, New York

John farms in Whitesville, New York and has been involved with NODPA since 2002. Their Be-A-Blessing Farm milks about 80 Holsteins and Holstein crossed with Normande. A few years ago,
John and Tammy were introduced to sprouted grains (Barley Fodder) as a way to provide high quality nutrition to their cows in place of purchased concentrates. They are excited about this new feeding system and share their knowledge by speaking at conferences, on-farm workshops and have self-published a booklet on what they have learned about the system, Their milk is sold to Organic Valley. Email: jtstribe@yahoo.com, Phone: 607-356-3272.

Bill Stine, NODPA Representative, New York

Bill farms 450 acres in Redwood, NY. He has a 32-cow dairy farm, milking Holstein cows. His farm has been certified organic since 2005 and he has been involved with NODPA since 2007. Bill ships his milk to Horizon Organic. Email: tstine2007@yahoo.com, Phone: 315-482-2017.

Cindy-Lou Amey, NODPA Representative, New Hampshire

Cindy-Lou farms with her husband, John, in Pittsburg, NH. They have been certified organic since 2006 and ship their milk to Organic Valley. They milk about 50 Holstein, Holstein/Jersey and Holstein/Shorthorn crosses, and have a small side business selling timber, beef and lamb. Cindy has an off-farm job as a teacher, but manages to help a lot with afternoon chores and organizes lots of activities for school farm tours in the spring. They have been NODPA members since 2005. Email: cindylouamey@gmail.com, Phone: 603-538-7734.

Bonnie and Tom Boutin, NODPA Representative, Vermont

Bonnie and Tom both come from farming backgrounds; they were raised on dairy farms and knew that this is the life that they wanted for themselves and their children. They milk around 60-75 Holstein, Jerseys and some crosses and farm over 275 acres of owned and rented land. They have been certified organic since 2007, and hope to develop an organic beef market to complement their dairy enterprise. They came to NODPA’s 2012 Field Days, and agreed to take a leadership role as a VT Representative for NODPA. They ship their milk to Organic Valley. Email: bonnieboutin@yahoo.com, Phone: 802-334-2081.

Rob Moore, NODPA Representative, New York

Rob farms in Nichols, NY with his wife Pam. Their 8th generation “no grain” seasonal dairy has been certified organic since 1996, and was co-host of the 2005 NODPA Field Days. Their “involvement” with NODPA dates back to participation in the 2001 Organic Dairy Summit meeting in Vermont, the gathering from which NODPA came to be. Rob and Pam have attended most of the annual NODPA Field Days events, including the first at Roman Stoltzfoos’ farm, where Rob spoke about no-grain dairying. They currently ship milk from about 50 mostly NZ Friesen/Jersey/Normande cross cows to Organic Valley. Email: cowpoke2@verizon.net, Phone: 607-699-7968.

George (Jeep) Madison, NODPA Representative, Vermont

Jeep and his wife JoAnn farm in Shoreham, Vermont. They milk 50-60 Holstein cows and manage over 400 owned and rented acres for pasture and hay. Their farm has been certified organic since 2007, and they have been involved with NODPA for many years. Jeep ships his milk to Horizon Organic. Email: jojoselixir@yahoo.com, Phone: 802-349-6262.

Brian Wilson, NODPA Representative, Vermont

Brian operates Morningside Farm with his wife Patti and their children in Shoreham, Vermont, farming 600 acres and milking 60-70 Jerseys, Linebacks, and Milking Shorthorns. They have been certified organic since 2002 and have been involved with NODPA for many years. They ship their milk to Organic Valley. Email: bpwilson@shoreham.net, Phone: 802-377-1786.

Aaron Bell, NODPA Representative, Maine

Aaron’s farm is located in Washington County, along the edge of Maine’s easternmost coast. The members of the 8th generation of farmers, Aaron Bell and Carly DelSignore are the husband/wife team that own and operate Tide Mill Organic Farm, the arm of the farm that grows and markets certified organic foods, specializing in produce, meat and milk. Their children are Hailey 8, Paige 6, and Henry 3. Aaron is a founding member of Moo-Milk. (www.tidemillorganicfarm.com). Email: eatlocal@tidemillorganic farm.com, Phone: 207-733-2551.