SPRING VALLEY, Wis. — The Board of Directors of the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES ) just announced the promotion of Lauren Langworthy to executive director. MOSES is a nonprofit organization best known for running the country’s largest event on organic and sustainable agriculture, the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference. MOSES also provides year-round farmer-to-farmer support through programs, publications, and the Organic Answer Line (888-90-MOSES).
Langworthy joined the MOSES staff in early 2015. As the nonprofit’s program director, she was responsible for managing the annual conference and overseeing special projects.
Langworthy, 34, and her husband, Caleb, own a 153-acre farm in Wheeler, Wisconsin, with pastured sheep and cattle. Prior to investing in livestock, they had a certified organic vegetable operation for six years. Langworthy is involved in grassroots organizing of farmers and represents her district on the board of the Wisconsin Farmers Union.
“The board recognized the need to reinvigorate and refocus efforts to meet the needs of a new generation of farmers. Lauren is part of the new generation,” said David Perkins, MOSES board president. “She is dedicated, passionate, accessible, and eloquent and well-positioned to carry the organization into the future.”
She now heads a team of eight at MOSES as staff prepares for the 31st MOSES Conference Feb. 27-29, 2020, in La Crosse, Wisconsin. This national event features 60 workshops, 10 full-day classes, a two-floor trade show, organic meals, and round-table discussions. Nearly 3,000 people are expected to attend. Keynote speakers are Leah Penniman, the author of Farming While Black, and John Ikerd, a visionary economist, educator, and author promoting family-scale farms. See details at mosesorganic.org/conference.
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