Who We AreFarmers, Advocates, Experts.
Promote the Right to Choose
- For the nation’s family farms to produce and provide foods including those termed value-added, direct to consumers by any legal means.
- For consumers to obtain the foods they choose for themselves and their families from farmers they know.
Educate with Materials & Programs
- For farmers and youth about the economical and nutritional principals of producing high quality foods including teaching effective business or cooperative models and insightful farm stewardship.
- For consumers about criteria for selecting sources of their food and understanding the practices that maintain foods’ nutritional qualities.
- For support of other organization dedicated to activities (public interest litigration and education) consistent with our mission.
- For support of farmers by providing direct aid to meet the needs created by regulatory interventions through the charitable Compassionate Relef Fund.
Board of Directors
Secretary / Chairman
Jim Roberts retired after 42 years in information management, retiring from Hewlett Packard. He has Masters of Science degree from Purdue University in Computer Science. For several years, Jim and his wife led the Dayton, Ohio chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF). He taught science and computer undergraduate classes, sign language classes for interpreters in church, and now teaches photography and UAV classes in local high school. His hobby has been photography since high school and was the primary photographer in numerous annuals and DVDs.
When he first encountered the impact of raw milk on individual health, he was determined to ensure it should be shared on DVD. After encountering all the negative press on raw milk, he developed TheOtherRawMilk.com website to clarify the difference between the raw milk developed expressly for human consumption and the raw milk that is selected for industry-supported research.
Sharon is a raw milk advocate, educator and a raw milk producer. Drinking raw goats’ milk from her own goat, she became an advocate for it after seeing its’ benefits to her and her family. As an active member of the Raw Milk Association of Colorado (RMAC), she spent her time educating consumers about raw milk and its’ benefits. When the cow/goat share law in Colorado was passed in 2005, she started her raw milk dairy to provide other families with access to raw goat milk.
Sharon provided her customers with raw goat milk and farm fresh eggs, along with poultry and cows raised on the farm to provide real food for her family and her customers. As a member of RMAC, She has helped create test standards for goats along with product standards and recommended process standards. She has been serving as a board member of RMAC for the last three years.
In 2010, she became an instructor for the Cow-Share College & Goat Share University. She has spent her time educating producers wanting to learn about how to produce clean, safe raw milk. She consults with others wanting to learn more about goats and raw milk production for the last seven years.
Sharon moved in the fall of 2012 to an 11 acre farm in Texas where she is currently producing raw milk and raising goats with her family.
Ted Beals is a Pathologist, Health Educator and Administrator. He is the retired National Director of Pathology & Laboratory Services, Dept. of Veterans Affairs. He has retired from his practice in the Veterans Health Administration and faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School. Since retirement he continues his years of biomedical research, now focusing on dairy safety and foodborne illnesses. He is an international consultant and educator on the medical aspects of agricultural product safety
He is a lifelong advocate for organic principles, sustainable and local agriculture and the nutritional and medical values of nutrient-dense foods. Ted is active in promoting the rights of farmers to provide and consumers to obtain milk and other locally-produced fresh unprocessed foods.
Ted lives with his wife Peggy on 40 acres in rural Michigan.
Peggy is a community activist, educator, and author. She has worked with grassroots organizations in Childbirth Education, Homeopathy, and local township politics on land development and open government issues. She is the volunteer Administrator of the MI Fresh Milk Council. From her desire to see small family farms thriving in every community, she networks for cow-share dairies, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) and access to other local food. And, during the past ten years, has developed teaching materials and presented classes and hands-on workshops in the preparation of traditional foods. She authored and published the widely used Safe Handling – Consumers’ Guide to Preserving the Quality of Fresh, Unprocessed Whole Milk.
Peggy and her husband Ted have been consumer participants in the Michigan Fresh Unprocessed Whole Milk Workgroup since it began in 2006.
Joseph Heckman, Ph.D
Joseph Heckman, Ph.D. Professor of Soil Science, Rutgers University, teaches courses in Soil Fertility, and Organic Crop Production. He conducts research and extension programs on optimizing nutrition and soil quality in support of plant, animal, and human health. He has served as chair of several professional organizations including Council on History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Soil Science, Committee on Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Management Systems Community of the American Society Agronomy, and as President of the Northeast Branch of the Crops, Soils, and Agronomy Tri-Societies. Dr. Heckman has authored numerous publications on soil fertility and organic farming. He was the lead author of a chapter on Soil Fertility in Organic Farming for American Society Agronomy book entitled Ecology of Organic Farming Systems. Most recently he co-authored books on Fresh Milk Production, The Cow Edition and Fresh Milk Production, The Goat Edition. He also publishes a newsletter called The Soil Profile: http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/soilprofile/
Leslie S. Johnson became the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation’s General Counsel in January 2012.
Leslie graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1993 and obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Capital University Law School in 1997.
Leslie is experienced in the operation and structure of both non-profit and for-profit organizations, entity selection analysis, business planning, corporate matters, corporate governance and compliance matters, directors, board committee charters, internal controls, disclosure and document retention policies, executive compensation arrangements, buy-sell and close corporation agreements, confidentiality and noncompetition agreements as well as merger and acquisition transactions, including diligence, structure, negotiation and documentation.
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