Consultants & Ag Advisors

Need outside help? CCOF cannot actively consult with its clients regarding organic certification compliance. We do offer a list of organic consultants and agriculture and pest advisors as a resource. This list includes names and contact information as well as a description of the services each consultant provides.

Organic consultants work in a variety of areas and can help with preparation of your Organic System Plan and addressing complicated regulatory issues. Food safety consultants to help with the creation of a food safety plan. Agriculture and pest control advisors are trained in organic production and can help farmers with questions about allowed inputs for their specific crops and conditions.

Organic Consultants

Name and DescriptionContact Information

BiOrganic Solutions Mexico
Apoyo y gestión de Certificaciones y/o inspecciones orgánicas, desarrollo de Plan de Manejo Organico, Gestión de Registro y auditorias; Revisión y registro de Insumos (Fertilizantes y Plaguicidas) Acreditación de OMRI, cdfa, etc; Soluciones a la medida. Vinculación con el sector organico. Acreditación orgánica.

Conduct Organic Certifications and/or Inspections, Development of Organic System Plan, carry out audits or inspections; Input Review and registration (Fertilizers & Pesticides) OMRI, cdfa, etc; Tailored Solutions. Organic Networking. Organic Accreditation.

Specialization: Certificaciones y Regitsros; USDA-NOP, LOOA-SAGARPA rules
Languages: Ingles, Español

René Anguiano Uribe
Guadalajara, Mexico
(333) 579-7668
Service Area: México, Estados Unidos, Centro y Sur América

Christie Organic Consultants, Inc.
Having worked both for major organic certification agencies as an inspector, reviewer, and certification representative, and as an independent organic consultant with a prominent consulting firm, anything from the most humble farm to the most complex multi-ingredient processing and packing operations, Lois Christie has seen it all from both sides, making Christie Organic Consultants uniquely qualified to assist you with all things organic. Lois is well versed in the regulations and requirements for the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), as the international standards such as Canada, the EU, Japan and Switzerland. We will train you and your staff, prepare your application and update existing forms and systems or create new ones, as needed. We will also assist with material reviews, extensive or complex responses, mediations and/or appeals.

Después de haber trabajado para los principales organismos de certificación orgánica como un inspector, revisor y representante de certificación y como consultor independiente orgánico con una consultoría prominente, Lois Christie ha visto todo de diversas perspectivas, desde la más humilde granja hasta el más complejo procesamiento de multi-ingredientes al igual que operaciones de empaque; esto hace Christie Organic Consultants este capacitada especialmente para ayudarle con todo su manejo orgánico. Lois está altamente capacitada en los reglamentos y requisitos para el programa orgánico nacional (NOP) del USDA, así como muchas normas internacionales tales como Canadá, la UE, Japón y Suiza. Capacitaremos a su personal, prepararemos su solicitud y actualizaremos las formas y sistemas existentes o crear nuevos procesos según sea necesario. También le ayudaremos con materiales y opiniones; respuestas extensas o complejas, mediaciones y/o apelaciones.

Specialization: Grower, Livestock, Processor, Trader, Co-Packer, Retail, Restaurant. USDA National Organic Program, Mexico (Reglamento de Productos Orgánicos/SAGARPA), Biodynamic, Non-GMO Certification, NSF 305 Body Care Certification, Material Registration (Review, OMRI, WSDA, CDFA)
Languages: English, Spanish

Lois Christie
1119 S. Mission Rd. #245
Fallbrook, CA 92028
(760) 723-3775
Service Area: Worldwide, specializing in the U.S. and Mexico

Daniel Giacomini
Independent nutritional and dairy management consultant for 25 years focusing on both conventional and certified organic dairy operations. Developed a process to customize nutritional and management programs for dairy farmers and the dairy feed industry while working to create a greater interface between industry and the dairy farmer - particularly certified organic dairy farmers.

Specialization: Livestock (dairy)

Daniel Giacomini
P.O. Box 354
Middletown, CA 94561
(707) 987-9184

Dr. Joe Montecalvo
Specializes in all aspects of handler and food processing certification requirements for USDA-NOP, EU and export to Japan and Canada compliance requirement. Have served as both an inspector and consultant to the organic food processing industry since 1993. Also specialize in organic food safety, HACCP assessments and optimization of plant sanitation operations and employee training in all areas of organic food safety.

Specialization: Processor/Handler

Joe Montecalvo, PhD
510 Fresno Ave.
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-3574
Service Area: U.S. and international

Four Seasons Ag Consulting
Farming organically ourselves since 1989, we help develop Farm Plans and OSPs. We also provide full service monitoring and recommendations for pest, disease and weed management and fertility needs.

Specialization: Grower

Cindy Lashbrook, Bill Thompson
12230 Livingston Cressey Rd.
Livingston, CA 95334
(209) 761-0081
Service Area: Central and Northern California

Full Circle Consulting LLC
20 years of experience in the organic industry, with food safety emphasis [GFSI, GMP, HACCP]. Services include organic compliance assessment, organic system plan development, certification application, employee training, inspection support, supplier/co-packer audits.

Specialization: Processor/Handler, Broker/Trader, Co-Packer/Private Labeler, Retailer

Patti Bursten Deutsch
P.O. Box 165
Viroqua, WI 54665
(608) 206-6499
Service Area: North America

Independent Organic Services, Inc.
Consulting and assistance in all areas of organic production, processing and certification. Over 20 years working in organic certification. Accredited organic inspector, former certification program manager for a large national certifier. Trained in HACCP, ISO 9001:2001. Experienced with NOP, JAS, COR and EU organic standards.

Consultoría y asistencia en todas las áreas de producción, procesamiento y certificación orgánica. Más de 20 años trabajando en certificación orgánica. Inspector orgánico acreditado, ex gerente del programa de certificación para un gran certificador nacional. Formado en HACCP, ISO 9001: 2001. Experiencia con NOP, JAS, COR y los estándares orgánicos de la UE.

Specialization: Farming, Livestock, Processor/Handler, apiculture, community grower groups, and transition to organic (agricultura, ganado, manipulación/procesamiento, apicultura, grupos comunitarios y la transición a producción orgánica)

Languages: English, Spanish

Garth Kahl
14941 Lobster Valley Rd.
Alsea, OR 97324
(541) 486-4400 / (541) 602-2156
Service Area: Global

Integrated Organic Services, Inc.
Based in Mexico, we provide evaluation, development, training and verification to the following international organic standards to companies located in the USA, Mexico and Central and South America: NOP, COR, EU, JAS, IFOAM and CAAQ. We evaluate inputs for compliance to the NOP and translate the documentation required to obtain OMRI registration. We put our bilingual organic expertise at your disposal.

Basado en México, proveemos evaluación, desarrollo, capacitación y verificación a las siguientes normas orgánicas internacionales a empresas ubicadas en los EEUU, México y Centro y Sur América: NOP, COR, EU, JAS, IFOAM y CAAQ. Evaluamos el cumplimiento de insumos al NOP y traducimos la documentación requerida para obtener el registro OMRI.

Review & translation of documents required to obtain OMRI registration of inputs & materials. Internal on-site inspections. Development & review of Standard Operating Procedures & Logs (receiving, production, pest control, sanitation, etc.). Training programs. Review of ingredients & materials. Development & review of audit tracking systems.

Revisión y traducción de documentos requeridos para obtener registro OMRI para insumos y materiales. Inspecciones internas de instalaciones. Desarrollo y revisión de Procedimientos Estandarizados Escritos y Bitácoras (recepción, producción, control de plagas, limpieza, etc.). Programas de capacitación. Revisión de ingredientes y materiales. Desarrollo y revisión de sistemas de rastreo.

Specialization: Grower (including greenhouse), Processor/Handler, Retail
Languages: English, Spanish

Cara Smiley
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
+52 1-951-228-3386
Service Area: Mexico, Central America, South America, U.S.

Karlin Strategic Consulting LLC
With over 15 years experience in private/non-profit sectors, and all three branches of federal government, Karlin Strategic Consulting offers persuasive and effective regulatory and policy advocacy, political strategy, and coalition building for the organic food and agriculture sector. Former VP of Government Affairs/General Counsel for the Organic Trade Association.

Specialization: Regulatory and policy assistance; strategic advice and counsel
Languages: English

Marni Karlin
2107 S Street NW Unit M
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 236-7473
Service Area: Worldwide

Keep It Simple: Organic Solutions
Because all operations are unique, I am dedicated to designing compliance systems that are tailored to meet the needs of your operation while being practical, manageable and above all simple. Because if it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work. As a full time organic inspector since 2006, I have completed over 1,200 inspections, encompassing grower, handler/processor, livestock and dairy operations. From trace-back audits to dry matter calculations, I have the necessary experience to reduce your paperwork burden while providing solid systems of documentation that will keep your certification efforts as efficient and hassle-free as possible. 

Specialization: Grower, Livestock, Processor/Handler
Languages: English

Benjamin Lewis
204 J St.
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 574-1407

Mark Chass
Comprehensive certification and inspection experience since 1982.

Specialization: Grower, Livestock, Processor/Handler

Mark Chass
P.O. Box 2161
Sebastopol, CA 95473
(707) 824-9544
cell (707) 217-6351
Service Area: San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California

The ORG&NICS online course is a rapid, simplified walk-through to best prepare you, your employees and your facility for the USDA Organic Certification audit and continued compliance. No matter your product, whether it’s energy bars, a great new line of skincare or the best herbal remedy, this course has all the required regulatory preparation and details ready for you. You just customize and fill in the blanks while guided each step of the way (including live one-on-one help) to being fully prepared for your first successful USDA Organic Audit.

Specialization: Personal Care and Food Products for Manufacturers, Processors
Languages: English

Vickie Natale
San Clemente, CA
(949) 481-9900
Service Area: Worldwide

Organic Consulting Firm, The
Let The Organic Consulting Firm (The OCF) do the work for you! The OCF is an international company providing full service evaluation, development, training, and verification to organic standards, including USDA, JAS, Canada, EU, and others. The founders are active in today’s organic certification industry. The OCF will integrate organic compliance into existing procedures to create a complete customized Organic System Plan.

Specialization: Grower, Livestock, Processor/Handler, Retail
Languages: English

Karen Troxell, Shannon Murphy
30520 Rancho California Road Suite 107-101
Temecula, CA 92591
(951) 676-4395
Service Area: Offices located in Southern California, traveling globally, specializing in the U.S., and Canada

Organic Education Solutions (OES), LLC
Organic Education Solutions offers premier trainings, products and consulting services to organic and food safety operators. Our goal is to increase your company’s compliance to industry requirements. We offer critical knowledge of best practices to improve the performance of your team and system and prevent common and costly mistakes. Visit us at our website and try our training kit, “Keep It Organic” for organic processing employees.

Specialization: Qualified for national and international organic and food safety programs for growers, livestock and processors

Krista Wanser
P.O. Box 104
Dwight, NE 68635
(608) 206-6499

Organic Help
Organic certification consultant specializing in crops and processing. Services include assessment to USDA NOP and international standards compliancy. Offering complete Application and Organic System Plan development. Consulting with emphasis on support and education for the producer and staff.

Specialization: Grower, Processor/Handler

Carol Cripe
32902 Lilac Road
Valley Center, CA 92082
(760) 550-0519
Service Area: Southwest U.S.

Organic Integrity International
Over 35 years of experience in organic handling, farming and consulting/training. Have worked in over 40 countries with governments, many of the largest organic companies in the world down to small strart-ups. I am sure we can assist in bringing success to your certified organic endeavors. 

Specialization: Grower, Grower Groups, Processor/Handler (simple and complex manufacturing), Retail
Languages: English, Spanish

Rick Martinez
908 W. Virginia Ave
Tampa, FL 33603
(813) 765-0282
Service Area: Worldwide

Organic Systems International, Inc.
Specialist in farm and handler organic, food safety and quality compliance consulting and training. Quick delivery of high quality plans, streamlined and customized to the company's needs. 20 years experience in organic audits. Currently enrolled at Utah State University for a Masters in Food Safety and Quality. 

Specialization: Grower, Livestock, Processor/Handler
Languages: English, French

Stanley Edwards
1665 N. 1770 E
Logan, UT 84341
(208) 354-4467
Service Area: Worldwide

Richard D. Siegel Law Offices
Agricultural lawyer in Washington, DC, for over 30 years, specializing in legal counsel and Federal government representation for organic food & fiber companies, ingredient companies, fertilizer and seed companies, associations and certifiers. Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, USDA.

Specialization: Regulatory Assistance

Richard Siegel
600 New Hampshire Ave. NW #500
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 518-6364
fax (202) 234-3550
Service Area: U.S. and international

Rick Falkenberg, Ph.D.
We simplify the certification process for you, no matter if you are experienced or a beginning organic producer, processor, trader, distributor, retailer or restaurateur. We can assists you in assuring that your organic facility, ingredient and product suppliers are fully compliant to standards such as the USA NOP 7 CFR Part 205, the European Union EEC 2092/91, the Japan JAS and IFOAM.

Specialization: Processor/Handler, Retail

Rick Falkenberg, Ph.D.
Turlock, CA 95382
(831) 596-3652
fax (888) 867-4137
Service Area: California and Pacific Northwest

Sheila Linderman
Organic certification and products specialist, with expertise in processing, farming, and personal care/cosmetics.

Specialization: Grower, Processor/Handler, Personal Care Products, Retail
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Sheila Linderman
5265-1 Newcastle Avenue
Encino, CA 91316
(818) 578-3786
cell (818) 235-2232
Service Area: U.S., Canada, EU (particularly France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK), Morocco

Simple Organic Solutions
Experts in processing and handling. SOS knows the regulations, understands the processing industry and can accommodate to your unique needs.

Specialization: Personal Care Products, Processor/Handling
Languages: English

Bob Durst
1873 Bullevard
Philomath, OR 97370
(541) 740-6490
fax (801) 991-5660
Service Area: Primarily Western U.S.

Solstice Solutions
Solstice Solutions specializes in regulatory and certification assistance for the mushroom farming, processing and retail industries. Whether you are just starting your operation, or need assistance transitioning to a Certified Organic status, we have a solution for you! We are experts in mushroom farming, organic certification, and MGAP systems.

Specialization: Grower, Processor/Handler, Broker, Private Label, Retail/Restaurant, Split-Operations

Krysta Froberg
P.O. Box 10182
Spokane, WA 99209
(509) 994-7611
Service Area: Worldwide

Soporte Tecnocomercial de México SC/Agrosupport of Mexico
Experience in all aspects of handler and crop certification requirements for USDA-NOP, Organic Food Safety, HACCP assessments and optimization of plant sanitation operations, as well as employee training in all areas of organic food safety.

Specialization: Technical and commercial support in the whole agricultural supply chain
Languages: Spanish, English

Eduardo Medina
Batalla de Churubusco 1870-1 Col. Chapultepec
Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico 80040
(667) 713-9592 / (667) 713-9556
(667) 755 0676
Service Area: U.S., Mexico, and South America

Stephen V. Bird
Let me help you to organize your organic documentation for an initial application or your next inspection. I have over 15 years experience in organic growing, consulting, and inspections for growers, handlers, and processors. I can save you time and money; creating your organic system plan (OSP), training your staff to lead inspections, preparing for your next inspection (mock inspection), or solving issues of concern identified on your last inspection. I know what it takes to get through inspections efficiently. Assisting clients in California and the western states.

Specialization: Grower, Processor/Handler, Food Safety (GLOBALG.A.P., Ranch, Harvest Crew, Cold Storage, Processing w/ HACCP, & MGAP)

Stephen V. Bird
10 Raymond Court
Logan, UT 84321
(916) 214-3954
Service Area: California and Western States

Sustainable Strategies
Advisors in Food and Agriculture. Bob Anderson is a recognized authority and has hands-on experience in all aspects of organic agriculture, organic processing, organic certification, marketing, government relations and international trade. He also serves as an advisor to OTA, the USDA, NOP, Foreign Agriculture Service, USTR and U.S. Department of State. Until 2000, he was president of Walnut Acres Organic Farms, America's original organic farm and first value added processor.

Specialization: Processor/Handler and International/foreign certifications and trade agreements as well as Organic Strategies and Livestock production, including Animal Welfare.

Robert Anderson
206 Harris Avenue
Boalsburg, PA 16827
(814) 574-1063
Service Area: Worldwide


Todd Linsky Consulting
Todd Linsky Consulting, an organic brand management company, offers a balanced approach and a quality of service not currently available. TLC focuses on serving the comprehensive needs of growers, retailers, and wholesalers worldwide by building brands and increasing supplies while maintaining the integrity of the natural products industry.

Specialization: organic brand management; bridging the gap between the grower, the wholesaler, and the retail community

Todd Linsky
(661) 342-3409
Service Area: Worldwide

Wolf, DiMatteo & Associates, Inc.
Experts in organic regulations, policy, compliance, strategy, production, and handling. NOSB petitions; certification assistance, Organic System Plans for NOP, EU, COR; input reviews and OMRI, WSDA, CDFA approvals. Helping people with strategic plans, sustainable development, and triple bottom line mission for over 30 years. Network of associates worldwide.

Specialization: Grower, Livestock, Processor/Handler, Retail, Wild Harvest

Bill Wolf, President; Sandy Mays, Partner, Operations & Certification Support; Katherine DiMatteo, Managing Partner, Client Services; Sue Wagner, Associate, Input Reviews and Compliance
49 Race Street
P.O. Box 458
Newcastle, VA 24127
(540) 864-5107
fax (540) 864-5161
Service Area: Worldwide

Food Safety Consultants

Name and DescriptionContact Information

CAFF (Community Alliance with Family Farmers)
The Community Alliance with Family Farmers advocates for CA family farmers and sustainable agriculture. CAFF's food safety services to farmers include: Workshops to assist growers in understanding what GAPs are and what growers need to do to follow/adopt GAP principles; One-on-one field visits to help identify areas of concern and where possible practical solutions to food safety concerns; Review of food safety plans for third party audit preparation and assistance for preparing documentation for an audit; Mock audits for ensuring preparedness for a 3rd party audit; and food safety resources for farmers. CAFF members receive reduced rates for these services. A description of CAFF's food safety services can also be found at

Specialization: Food safety for family farms
Languages: English

Kali Feiereisel
CAFF (Community Alliance with Family Farmers)
(530) 756-8518 ext. 135
Service Area: California

Cathy Carlson
Cathy Carlson is a private consultant for on farm food safety programs of all sizes. She brings to farmers a diverse background of program management, regulatory experience and sustainable farming as a Farm Fellow with the Ecological Farming Association. She has spent the past few years working as a Quality Assurance and Food Safety Manager for the fresh cut produce industry in the Central Coast area. Prior to that she worked for state and federal agencies as a policy regulator and agriculture research aide. She has been the project manager on diverse projects ranging from residential construction to sustainable small-scale farming. Her mission is to diverse a simple, low cost food safety plan to assist and advise family farmers as the requirements of the food safety modernization act are unveiled.

Specialization: Fresh Cut Produce (Leafy Greens)
Languages: English

Cathy Carlson
Carlson Food Safety Consulting
(831) 818-4109

Gary Rohman
Gary Rohman’s career spans over 30 years in agriculture and ranch operations. In 2009, Rohman began Farm to Fork, LLC, which specializes in food safety compliance consulting. Rohman builds food safety programs for growers that walk them through the requirements of the food safety standards, simplifying the audit process for each grower while teaching them the importance of food safety. Rohman understands the complexities of farming in the 21st century, and can offer many cost/time saving ideas to meet food safety compliance. 

Specialization: Food Safety Compliance Services
Languages: English

Gary Rohman
Farm to Fork, LLC
(559) 804-6113
Service Area: California and Idaho

Juli Ogden of The Farm Plan
In an industry known for its complexity, Juli Ogden is pioneering a way of doing things that is within reach of every farm, no matter how large or how small. The Farm Plan is available in a variety of formats, and training and services offered include public workshops, group consulting and 1 on 1. Her training is highly practical, and participants in public training courses walk away having completed much of their food safety program. For group and 1-on-1, services are tailored to the crop and individual circumstances.

The Farm Plan covers GLOBALG.A.P IFA, HPSS and Organic programs, allowing farmers to save time and money through a single program. Service areas: Based in Washington State, but we serve farmers all over the U.S

Specialization: GlobalG.A.P., Organic

Juli Ogden
The Farm Plan
100 Malaga Alcoa Hwy
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 662-7600
Service Area: United States

Stephen V. Bird
Let me help you to simplify navigating food safety rules under an organic management system. I can save you time and money; creating a food safety plan, preparing for your next audit (mock audits), meeting FSMA requirements, training your staff to lead audits, and/or solving issues of concern noted in previous audits. I know what it takes to get through audits efficiently. Lead Instructor: FSPCA Preventative Controls for Human Food, FSMA Produce Rule, & HACCP. (Please visit my website for information on current trainings).

Specialization: Grower, Processor/Handler, Food Safety (GlobalGap, Ranch, Harvest Crew, Cold Storage, Processing w/ HACCP, & MGAP)

Stephen V. Bird
10 Raymond Court
Logan, UT 84321
(916) 214-3954
Service Area: California and Western States

Ag Advisors

These Agricultural Advisors are supporting Business Partners of CCOF who provide pest control and crop advisory services.

Name and DescriptionContact Information

Agricultural Consulting, Inc.

James Mose
Selma, CA
(559) 285-7757

American Insectaries, Inc
We have been in business for 15 years offering field scouting, IPM program design, and beneficial insects for growers. Our concentration is in avocados and citrus, of which we currently scout about 2500 acres in San Diego and Riverside counties, of which about 450 acres is organic. Jim Davis has held PCA license # 2759 since 1984 and has also worked in vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, nursery, and turf.

James Davis
Escondido, CA
(760) 747-2920

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) manages the ATTRA project — the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. ATTRA provides free information in English and Spanish about organic farming and marketing. These resources help guide certifiers and producers through transition, certification, and production for a wide range of crops and livestock.

Rex Dufour, Marisa Alcorta
Davis, CA
(530) 792-7338

Crop Production Services, Inc.
At Crop Production Services we are focused on one thing and one thing only – providing our customers with the products and services they need to grow the best crops possible. We do this farm by farm, nursery by nursery and customer by customer by leveraging our global experience. With more than 30 staffed facilities in California our strength in “Matching Science and Technology to Grower Needs” is the benchmark for superior agricultural sales and service to California’s diverse grower community. At C.P.S. we recognize the importance of organic farming and carry a wide selection of organic products.

David Goodrich
Santa Maria, CA
(805) 928-8277

Glenn Feenstra
Riverside, CA
(951) 203-4995

Ryan Vieira
Fresno, CA
(559) 349-9508