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Meet the Experts

EcoFarm Conference consultations continue to be veritable goldmines of information from advisors in the organic foods industry with a wide range of knowledge, from the production piece to the business end of the plow.

Continuing in the spirit of personalized consultation, EcoFarm presents the opportunity to meet individually with highly knowledgeable industry and business professionals during “Meet the Experts” sessions. In the comfort and warmth of the cozy Pirate’s Den living room, you can spend up to a half hour engaged in an in depth conversation focused on your business needs. As we step closer to EcoFarm, more experts will join our list. You will find the completed list in your conference Program.


BluDog Consulting's owner Dina Izzo's love for food and farmers spans a thirty-six year career. Her intimate knowledge of the organic produce industry's distribution system feeds farmers vital information, from crop planning to post-harvest handling needed to profitably serve retailers and wholesalers for the long term.

Cathy Carlson of Carlson Food Safety Consulting has been working with farms of all sizes for several years as the resident expert in documenting on-farm food safety programs. Being a farmer herself, Cathy has a deep rooted passion for farmers to understand the intricacies of a valuable food safety plan.

Belle Davis of the Farm Service Agency offers an opportunity to meet with a Farm Loan Manager and go over specifics concerning your potential loan request.

Kaley Grimland de Mendoza of ALBA leads food safety and organic compliance education and assistance to small beginning specialty crop farmers in the Salinas Valley.  She has developed various bilingual toolkits related to food safety and organic compliance, which will be available. With ALBA, she leads a group of beginning Latino farmers through the USDA pilot program of the GroupGAP certification.  If you have any questions related to food safety and organic requirements, or want to learn more of USDA GroupGAP certification, Kaley is ready to answer them. Consultations available in English or Spanish. Se puede consultar en español.




We thank our Sponsors of the 2018 EcoFarm Conference!