Sarah Brown, Education Director
2525 SE 3rd, Corvallis, OR 97333
Oregon Tilth is a leading nonprofit certifier, educator and advocate for organic agriculture and products since 1974. Our mission to make our food system and agriculture biologically sound and socially equitable requires us to find practical ways to tackle big challenges. We advance this mission to balance the needs of people and planet through focus on core areas of certification, conservation, public health, policy and the marketplace. Over the past 40 years, Oregon Tilth has helped lead the way on moving organic agriculture from a “fringe alternative” movement into a research-based approach to sustainable food production. We played an integral role in the formation of the USDA National Organic Program, helped found the Organic Materials Research Institute and pushed to expand organic sustainability beyond agriculture to textiles and other products.
When we started out, our conversations with friends and partners looked to sustainable agriculture as an answer to some of the most critical environmental and social problems within our food system. Nearly four decades later, we continue to collaborate with partners across several sectors to respond to a wide range of new challenges more effectively.
Today, we look for opportunities to bring everyone to the table – government agencies, farmers, nonprofits, businesses and citizens – to find the best solutions to meet these challenges face on. And through our membership, our certification program and other programs, we embrace sharing knowledge and model practices that help spur discovery and accelerate innovation in sustainable food system practices.
Oregon Tilth works on four interconnected focal areas:
- Integrating conservation-minded approaches in organic practices
- Protecting public health from toxins exposure
- Developing a more sustainable marketplace
- Securing public investment in policies for sustainable approaches