Oregon Organic Coalition honors innovators
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Wine industry pioneer Susan Sokol-Blosser helped recognize leaders in Oregon's organic agriculture industry.
Members of the Oregon Organic Coalition gathered at the Ecotrust building Wednesday to announce the organization's awards for excellence, shining the spotlight on seven organic producers and advocates in the state.
The event marked the annual Organically Grown in Oregon Week, which runs through Sept. 15 and was designated by Gov. John Kitzhaber.
Susan Sokol-Blosser, co-founder of Dayton-based Sokol-Blosser Winery and an environmental advocate, gave the keynote address at the awards luncheon.
The following organizations and individuals were recognized:
- Sweet Creek Foods in Elmira received the award for excellence as an organic processor for the company's certified organic product line featuring sustainable packaging and locally sourced ingredients.
- LifeSource Natural Foods in Salem received the award for organics retailer for its support of organic produce and sustainable business practices.
- Eugene-based GloryBee Foods Inc. received the award for organics wholesaler for its work in improving business practices in the beekeeping and natural honey industries.
- Gathering Together Farm in Philomath received the award for organic farm crops for a longstanding commitment to organic agriculture in Oregon.
- Deck Family Farm in Junction City received the award for organic farm livestock for its free-range organic meats and farming practices.
- Frank Morton, a Willamette Valley-based organic seed breeder, won the award for individual organic advocate.
- Friends of Family Farmers, a Molalla-based grassroots organization that provides educational events on agricultural policy and lobbies on behalf of small farms, was recognized for excellence in advocacy as an organization.
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