PRESIDENT

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WARD BURROUGHS

 Ward dairies in Merced County with his wife Rosie, daughter Christina and her husband Brian Bylsma and son Zeb and his wife Meridith Burroughs. Ward is on the board for his third time, previously serving as second vice president from 2007-2010. He is a 1974 graduate in Farm Management from Cal Poly, SLO. California Cloverleaf Dairy and Full Circle Dairy ship their milk to Organic West. 


Ward Burroughs, Denair, California

209-678-5967

vista@fire2wire.com 

VICE PRESIDENT

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JENNIFER BERETTA

 Beretta Dairy is located in Santa Rosa, CA. They milk about 300 Holstein and Jersey cows. We have about 400 acres total, 150 are designated for the endangered flowers so we are unable to irrigate those, but are able to irrigate 250 acres for pasture. We are able to make silage our self and also are able to cut hay on some of our ground for a 2nd and 3rd cutting. We are able to irrigate the pastures in the summer which allows grazing through the summer where many dairies around the area are not able to because they are dependent on rainfall. The dairy has been in operation for 55 years and ship their milk to Clover Sonoma.  


Jennifer Beretta, Santa Rosa, California

jens4x4@comcast.net 

2ND VICE PRESIDENT

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ZACH CAHILL

  Where do you farm? Ferndale, CA

Who do you farm with ? My father 

How many acres to you farm? 500

What do you grow? Pasture and corn silage

How many cows and heifers do you have? 650

What breed of animals do you have? Jerseys

How long have you been an organic dairy farmer? The farm has been organic since 2006

Who do you sell your milk to? Rumiano Cheese

Why do you like being an organic dairy farmer? Watching cows graze on fresh pasture is my favorite thing about our organic dairy 

One interesting fact about you or your farm? We converted an old milking facility into a wedding venue. Mom gets the barn April-November and the heifers get the barn from December to May (after a lot of power washing!).


Zach Cahill, Ferndale, California

zachcahill35@yahoo.com

SECRETARY

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DARBY HEFFNER

 After graduating from California State University, Chico in 2006 Darby became the manager of the newly certified Organic Dairy unit at the Chico State University Farm. Darby is in charge of managing the Organic Dairy Unit as well as the teaching and training of the Dairy Management Team, which consists of 10 to 12 student employees. The Chico State herd consists of 85 crossbred Friesian x Jersey cows that are milked seasonally. Chico State ships their milk to Organic West. Darby and her husband Travis and daughter Hadlee live in Chico, CA.   


Darby Heffner, Chico, California

wodpa@outlook.com

TREASURER

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TONY SCHILTER

 Tony and his wife Sunny, dairy in Lewis County, in Chehalis, Washington with their son Lonny and his wife Michelle, who are partners in the family business. Lonny is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Lonny and Michelle plan to carry on the family dairying tradition. They milk about 250 Holstein cows and run about 250 head of young stock. Tony and Lonny focus heavily on milk quality and have had many years of success. They started shipping to Horizon Organic in 2006. Tony has served on several Boards throughout the years including Farm Credit Board of Directors, Dairgold Board of Directors, and has more than 30 years of service with the USDA Soil Conservation Board. Tony was nominated as Treasurer of WODPA in the Fall of 2013. Tony and Sunny have two sons and one daughter. Wendy, their daughter attended Cal Poly San Lois Obispo, then received her Masters from the University of Florida. She now lives in Illinois and is a counselor at Freeport Community College. Tony and Sunny's youngest son, Monty is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he studied Agriculture Economics, he is now in upper management within Darigold. 


Tony Schilter,  Chehalis, Washington 

sunny@localaccess.com 

EX OFFICIO

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SEAN MALLETT

 Sean and his wife Staci own Harmony Organic Dairy in Twin Falls, Idaho. They have been certified organic since 2007 and  producing organic milk since January 2008. Harmony is a grazing dairy utilizing Management Intensive Grazing (MIG) practices on diverse pastures.  Like the pastures, the cowherd is filled with diverse breeds suitable for the grazing .  In his free time, Sean enjoys spending time with his children - Spencer, Sawyer and Savannah - out in Nature.  Sean's Motto: "Treat the Earth Well...It was not given to us by our Grandparents, but lent to us by our children."


Sean Mallett, Twin Falls, Idaho

SeanMallett@msn.com

UNIVERSITY ADVISOR

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DR. CINDY DALEY

  Dr. Cynthia Daley is a professor within the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico, and currently serves as the Rawlin's Endowed Professor for Environmental Literacy, and the Director for the Center for Regenerative Agriculture & Resilient Systems.

Cindy is originally from Illinois, where her family has been actively engaged in the farming profession for more than four generations. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois, her doctorate at University of California Davis.

She joined the CSU Chico, COA faculty in 1997 and later founded the Organic Dairy Education & Research Program in 2006. Seeing the need to grow the ecological farming movement, Daley went on to co-create the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative in 2016 and guided  this program  to Center status in May of 2019.

The new Center for Regenerative Agriculture & Resilient Systems is a consortium of interdisciplinary faculty and farmers who recognize the ecological benefits of regenerative farming practices including water conservation, soil fertility, and carbon sequestration. The Center's guiding principle is that agriculture, when done regeneratively, can be the solution to soil degradation and climate change.


Cindy Daley, Chico, California

cdaley@csuchico.edu

Washington State Representative

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ANDREW DYKSTRA

 Andrew and his family operate their farm in Northwest Washington.The Dykstra's have been farming their land organically since 1989. Their farm includes vegetables, seed crops, and dairy. The Dykstra's dairy operation began in 2004.  


Andrew Dykstra, Burlington, Washington 

At Large Representative

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DEAN WESEN

 The Wesen's farm in Bow, Washington. They are located in the northwest corner of the state and are only about an hour from Canada. Dean is in partnership with his three brothers as well as his parents. They farm around 1200 acres for feed for our 800 mostly Holstein herd. The Wesen's are able to grow around 300 acres of corn silage and the rest is in grass for pasture and silage. The Wesen's started selling Organic milk to Organic Valley in 2008. Dean really likes seeing the cows out on pasture again, and so do hundreds of passerby’s every summer who stop to take pictures. The Wesen's belong to a meat coop and Dean is President of the local conservation district in Skagit county. Dean was also in the army reserve for 28 years and recently retired as an LTC. 


Dean Wesen, Bow, Washington 

At Large Representative

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RICHARD HUGHES

 Richard and Marilyn Hughes have been in the dairy business for over 50 years. Richard started shipping organic milk in 2006 to Straus Family Creamery and has been shipping to Straus Family Creamery ever since. He milk’s year round on a total of 182 acres with 72 acres designated for the lactating cows; the rest is for heifers and silage. He is able to double crop silage ground during the good rainfall years. I am able to get 3 crops of hay and then graze the heifers on it to clean up the residue. My pastures are designed small fields where I rotationally graze with about a 14-16 day rotation. I use manure water and dam water to irrigate. I use big guns. The best is when 

I am able to mix the manure water with the fresh water. He generally able to irrigate almost all summer depending on rainfall and availability of water. I try to grow as much on farm feed as possible. 


Richard Hughes, Bodega, California 

At Large Representative

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VANESSA ALEXANDRE

 Vanessa Alexandre farms with her siblings on the Alexandre Family Farm in Del Norte and Humboldt counties in Northern California. Their organic pasture based dairies are spread between four milking facilities, milking 3500 total organic milk cows. The family ships their milk to Humboldt Creamery, Rumiano Cheese, and to their own AFF milk brand. Their cattle breeds are a cross between the New Zealand Kiwi Cross, New Zealand Ayrshire, Dutch Holstein, Danish Jersey and German Fleckvieh. Vanessa graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in agriculture business and a minor in dairy science in 2015. Leaving for five months to study pastured dairy farms in New Zealand, Vanessa solidified her love for cows and lush pasture. 

Pursuing her passions, Vanessa is currently working at the farm overseeing the calves and transition heifer areas, and as well as the farm marketing. Vanessa represents the family and business on the Del Norte County Rural Human Services Board, 41st District Fair Board, and also utilizing her love for youth and service as the Del Norte County 4-H executive team leader and citizenship leader.


Vanessa Alexandre, Crescent City, California

2020 BOARD MEMBERS

California State Representative: George McClelland, Petaluma, CA


New Mexico State Representative: Richard Carter, NM


Oregon State Representative: Stewart Kircher, Dayton, OR


Texas State Representative: Tim Miranda, Dublin, Texas 


Washington State Representative: Andrew Dykstra, Burlington, WA


At Large Representative: Vanessa Alexandre, Crescent City, CA


At Large Representative: B.J. Haugen, Buckley, WA 


At Large Representative: Richard Hughes, Bodega, CA 


At Large Representative: Ryan Mensonides, Enumclaw, WA      


At Large Representative: Kyle Miranda, Ferndale, CA