Certification and inspection systems specialist who has worked extensively on different sides of compliance systems:
Consultant to operations that wish to get certified organic as well as operations working on reinstatement by the NOP after suspension.
Independent organic, non-GMO and gluten-free inspector for several certifiers in the US and in Europe.
Reviewer of inspection reports
US-representation of BCS-Oeko Garantie GmbH
Co-creator of the Fair Trade and Social Responsibility program of the Fair Trade Sustainability Alliance.
Silke served on the IOIA Board of Directors for two years and on the Board of Fair Trade Sustainability Partners for five. In recent years Silke has specialized in complex traceabiltiy systems, creation of webinars and other training materials for organic inspectors and certifiers. When still living in Hamburg, Germany, Silke has worked for a brokerage firm.
Winfried has a Ph.D. in organic agriculture and long-standing experience as a consultant to organic certifiers, farms, businesses and other organizations. He co-created and is currently CEO of Fair Trade Sustainability Partners Inc.
Winfried works with an international network of organic certification agencies, producers and traders. He is available for strategic consulting, long-term solutions to sourcing and sustainable supply chains. He writes articles for US and German publications, can be contracted for speaking engagements and to chair or participate in panel discussions.
Winfried was instrumental in the development of the first ever B.Sc. program in Organic Agriculture in 1993/94. This course at the University of Kassel, Germany, later received a 1 Mio German Mark award for innovation in teaching and learning by The German Ministry of Education. Within that program he taught the very successful 1-year course "Conversion to Organic Farming". In this study course a group of students visited a farm to analyze all aspects relevant to conversion to organic. They researched options, discussed possible solutions with the the farmer families and developed a complete Conversion Plan.
We are dedicated to local and organic agriculture,
fair trade and everything that keeps this planet alive and livable.