Mark Lipson Rejoins OFRF Team

OFRF is pleased to announce Mark Lipson’s return to the OFRF staff as Senior Policy and Program Specialist. Mark is a 30-year pioneer and influential leader in the organic farming community in California and nationally. "This is a vital time to invest in the future of organic with the introduction of the Organic Agriculture Research Act in the upcoming Farm Bill," said Brise Tencer, OFRF's Executive Director. "We are incredibly lucky to have Mark back on board for the ride."

"I'm very excited to be re-joining OFRF at this time, and with this great leadership and staff,” Mark commented. “OFRF's mission is more vital than ever, as organic farmers lead the way towards ecological agriculture and healthy food."

Mark recently received the "Champion of Sustainable Agriculture Award" from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. He served a 4 ½ -year term of service as the Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Policy Advisor in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (until late 2014). Since completing his term at USDA, Mark has been appointed as a Research Associate in Organic Agriculture Policy at the University of California at Santa Cruz, affiliated with UCSC’s Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. 

Mark graduated with honors from UC Santa Cruz in 1981 with a B.A. in environmental studies. Since 1983 he has been a member in Molino Creek Farm, a cooperative multi-family organic farming community near Davenport, California and the original home of the famed, dry-farmed tomatoes. He was the Assistant Executive Director of California Certified Organic Farmers ('85-'93) and the Policy Director at Organic Farming Research Foundation ('95-2010). Mark serves as a Trustee of the Homeless Garden Project and the Organic Center.

Please join us in welcoming Mark to the team!