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. Jim and his wife led the Dayton, Ohio chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) for 6 years. He taught science and computer undergraduate classes, sign language classes for interpreters in church, and now substitutes in local high schools. 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.
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/
Angelica Baraona, FNTP & RYT-200
Angelica Baraona is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Registered Yoga Teacher who believes in the wisdom of ancestral traditions, and wants to empower others to find health and well-being through the modern-day application of these often-forgotten customs. Dedicated to using food and yoga as medicine, Angelica advocates and educates on the importance of sourcing sustainable, local, nutrient dense foods, and on cultivating a mind, body, spirit connection, along with the necessary lifestyle practices to foster innate healing. Her work with the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation is driven by the desire to widely share and educate communities on the importance of whole, farm-fresh foods that are regeneratively and sustainably grown, supporting small, local producers and bridging the gap between consumers to help them find local farmers and be a part of the sustainable local food movement.
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.
Jennifer Sweenie, FNTP
Jennifer is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Certified Health-Supportive Chef, and Primal Health Coach. She works with clients both one-on-one and in groups through her business, Heart & Belly Functional Nutrition. Jennifer has over a decade of experience in the food and nutrition space and is passionate about educating others on the importance of consuming real, local food from sustainable sources. She has developed nutrient-dense recipes for Paleo magazine, The Today Show, and MindBodyGreen.com, and has published nutrition blog articles for Good Housekeeping magazine. Jennifer developed and launched the vegetarian lunch program for the LinkedIn offices in NYC. She offers nutrition and cooking workshops to the non-profit organizations Bottomless Closet, Ronald McDonald House, and Gilda’s Club.
Melissa Crandall (MA, CNP)
Melissa Crandall (MA, CNP), based in Los Angeles, California, has many years of experience as a Business Manager in the consumer products industry, including organic personal care products and entertainment. Melissa is proud to serve on the board of the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation. She works as the Director of Operations for the Cancer Care Network Foundation, and is also the Director of Communications and Development for the Institute for Religious Tolerance, Peace and Justice. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Nonprofit Management from Antioch University Los Angeles, and her BA degree is from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is also a “Certified Nonprofit Professional” through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Melissa is a raw milk enthusiast and passionate about healthy, sustainable food sources.
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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