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Submit a Nomination by July 30

Nomination Form

Nominations are now open for 2021 Organic Leadership Awards.

Part I: Information about the person being nominated

Part 2: Award Categories & Nomination Forms

NOTE: You may select multiple categories


Nominees are long-standing trade members who have dedicated their careers to the furtherance of organic agriculture and trade by providing broad vision, innovative creations and solutions, and the labor and leadership required to bring dreams into reality. Nominees should be considered movement and/or trade elders who helped lay foundations in their youth and continue to contribute by providing us with their wisdom and passion through efforts and positions such as mentorship, advocacy, trade governance and management roles. 

Answer the following questions about the nominee


Nominees should be professional farmers* who have made significant contributions to support and advance organic agriculture and trade at the farm level, such as increasing the amount of land under organic management, expanding the number of farmers using organic practices, or advancing organic agriculture through farm policy advocacy, community education, or innovative land stewardship and technical practices. 

Answer the following questions about the nominee*

*For the purposes of the OTA Leadership Award, a farmer is defined as someone who owns, leases, or is a partner in an organic farm; and has a full-time functional role as an organic farmer; and derives their primary income from an organic farm.

Organic Climate Action Leadership Award

Nominees are demonstrating exemplary leadership in advancing organic solutions to mitigate climate change through policy advocacy, farm to business innovation, or engagement of their peers, customers, and supply chains.

Answer the following questions about the nominee

Organic Community Service Leadership Award

Nominees have gone above and beyond their standard business practices to be a source of positivity and stability for customers and organic community members during the pandemic.  Often reaching beyond concerns for their own bottom lines, nominees have demonstrated compassion and concern through creativity and flexibility as they direct resources toward responses such as producing and distributing essential supplies, retooling to secure public interfaces, enhancing employee benefits and undertaking exceptional measures to keep supply chains moving.

Answer the following questions about the nominee

Part 3: Endorsement Letters (optional but encouraged)

You may also submit endorsement letters to accompany your nomination. Endorsement letters should address some or all of the questions in Part 2. Electronic submissions requested. Please submit letters to Tessa Young, Vice President of Communications. 

Part 4: Information of person submitting this form