Fred Kirschenmann to Speak at OFRF's Annual Benefit Luncheon


We are delighted to announce that Fred Kirschenmann, a world-renowned leader in sustainable agriculture, will be the keynote speaker at OFRF's 19thAnnual Benefit Luncheon, kicking off the 2016 Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California.

Kirschenmann shares an appointment as Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and as President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York.

Kirschenmann converted his family’s farm in North Dakota to a certified organic operation in 1976 and continues to manage the farm. He developed a diverse crop rotation that has enabled him to farm productively without synthetic inputs, while simultaneously improving the health of the soil.

Highly regarded for his work, in 2014 Kirschenmann received the One World Award for Lifetime Achievement and was one of the first ten recipients of the James F. Beard Foundation Leadership awards in 2011. A professor in the ISU Department of Religion and Philosophy, Kirschenmann holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago.

“Fred’s work is truly inspirational and important to the success of organic farmers," said Doreen Luke, OFRF’s Development Director. "We are thrilled to have him as the keynote speaker this year,"

"The long time success of this annual fundraiser for OFRF is made possible through the generosity of our many corporate partners,” added Luke. “We hope you will join us. With your support, we will continue to expand critical research, education, and advocacy to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming throughout the United States.”

Tickets are available now and selling fast for the 19th Annual Benefit Luncheon at Natural Products Expo West, which takes place on Thursday, March 10th in Anaheim, California. Celebrity chefs, Chris Blobaum and Donna Prizgintas, assisted by Beth Miller, will once again create a seasonal organic feast.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event, which attracts over 300 leaders in the organic industry. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Liz Birnbaum at