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Arran and Ratana Stephens

Company: 
Nature’s Path Foods
Award: 
Growing the Organic Industry Award
Year: 
2013
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Arran Stephens and his wife and partner Ratana Stephens have fearlessly and passionately devoted their lives to the growth and success of the organic food movement. In 1985, they founded Nature’s Path Foods Inc. based in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. In 1990, the company became one of the very first third-party certified organic processors in North America.

Barry A. Cik

Company: 
Naturpedic Organic Mattresses
Award: 
Rising Star Award
Year: 
2014
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As the founder and Technical Director of Naturepedic Organic Mattresses, Barry A. Cik has a lifelong interest in preserving the environment for all future generations. A professionally trained environmental engineer, Cik combines his passion for improving our quality of life with his technical knowledge.

Doug Crabtree

Company: 
Vilicus Farms
Award: 
Organic Farmer of the Year Award
Year: 
2014
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Growing up on a conventional managed farm in Ohio, Doug Crabtree never imagined he’d be anything else than a farmer. However, over time, he has become not only a passionate advocate of organic farming, but a steward helping others become organic farmers.

Marty Mesh

Company: 
Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers
Award: 
Growing the Organic Industry Award
Year: 
2014
Headshot: 
Marty Mesh

Marty Mesh has dedicated more than 40 years to organic agriculture. In 1973, he started growing organic produce and helped start a co-op so that people could purchase organic food. After attending the University of Florida, he founded Bellevue Gardens Organic Farm. For 25 years, working with his hands in the soil, he learned the methods that would later become organic standards. He also worked with other farmers to create a certification program to differentiate organic products in the marketplace. In 1989, he helped form Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers Inc.

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