Contact Us

Mailing Address: PO Box 339  |  Spring Valley, Wis. 54767

Phone: 715-778-5775  |  Toll Free: 888-551-4769  |  Fax: 715-778-5773

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Our Staff

John Mesko, Executive Director

John has seen all sides of agriculture, from biotech research and fertilizer sales to sustainable, organic production. This diverse background gives him a unique perspective to connect with all types of farmers. John headed the Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) before joining MOSES. He and his wife, Lisa, are recent transplants to the Twin Cities. They also own a farm in Central Minnesota.
Read more about John.

AudreyAudrey Alwell, Communications Director

Audrey draws from years of experience in writing, design and public relations to help MOSES communicate with farmers, organic supporters, and the media. She and her husband live on a small farm near Spring Valley where they raise chickens, keep bees, and tend a large garden.

HarrietHarriet Behar, Senior Organic Specialist
Office: 608-872-2164

Harriet’s encyclopedic knowledge of organic comes from 16 years as an organic inspector, 30+ years as an organic grower, and her work with national coalitions. She currently serves on the National Organic Standards Board. She and her husband have a 216-acre certified organic farm where they grow vegetables for wholesale and direct-to-consumer bedding plants.

SarahSarah Broadfoot, Registration Coordinator

Sarah manages event registration and the MOSES database. She has a degree in horticulture and owns a small landscape maintenance and design company in Minneapolis. Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and growing, cooking and eating delicious foods.

Eric Hatling, Bookstore/Advertising Coordinator

Eric has been with MOSES for a number of years, and has done a range of things for the organization. Currently, he coordinates advertising in the Organic Broadcaster and manages the MOSES Bookstore online and at the conference. Out of the office, his loves are family, music, and life on his 5-acre “farmette.”

Lauren Langworthy, Events & Education Specialist

Lauren and her husband own 153 acres of certified organic land in Wheeler, Wis. Their diversified family farm includes market gardens, rotationally grazed sheep, high tunnels, berries, hay, cover crops, woods, and some small grains. When she isn’t in the office or in the fields, Lauren is a visual artist, fiber freak, and nature enthusiast.

Tom Manley, Events Assistant

Tom and his wife own a 40 -acre homestead farm near Spring Valley, Wis. They are working to develop a permanent, woody perennial-based system with alley cropping and grazing. He hopes to someday earn the title of “Gentleman Farmer.” He enjoys running, winemaking, and woodworking.

Jennifer Nelson, Organic Specialist

Jennifer has been supporting organic farmers and teaching since 2005. She and her husband co-own their family flower farm in Plum City, Wis. She loves a bright, beautiful sunflower, being outside with her young son, and growing, cooking and eating good food.

Cathy Olyphant, Development Assistant

Cathy has been with MOSES since its early days, wearing a variety of hats along the way. Her years of familiarity with the organization make her a natural at processing all incoming donations, answering the phones and helping behind the scenes. Outside of work she loves birding, photography and life in the woods with her husband.

Jody Padgham, Finance Director

Jody has been with MOSES since 2002. She manages the organization’s finances and grants, and writes for the Organic Broadcaster. Her writing skills appear in several books, including the recently published Fearless Farm Finances, which helps farmers master the financial side of farming. Jody raises poultry and sheep organically on a 60-acre farm near Boyd, Wis.

CarlyCarly Stephenson, Administrative Assistant

Carly and her husband draw from the many MOSES resources to guide them on their 10-acre farm where they raise pastured poultry and pigs. Outside of work, she enjoys being a mom and finding time to garden, cook and play music.

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