Winter Conference

Keynote Speaker: Rosalinda Guillen

Rosalinda Guillen is a widely recognized farm worker and rural justice leader. The oldest of eight she was born in Texas and spent her first decade in Coahuila Mexico. Her family emigrated to LaConner, Washington in 1960 and she began working as a farm worker in the fields in Skagit County at the age of ten. Ms. Guillen has worked within the labor movement with Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers of America and has represented farm workers in ongoing dialogues of immigration issues, labor rights, trade agreements, and strengthening the food sovereignty movement. She works to build a broader base of support for rural communities and sustainable agriculture policies that ensure equity and healthy communities for farm workers.

NOFA-NY Farmer of the Year: Kathie Arnold

Kathie has been a co-owner and operator of Twin Oaks Dairy LLC in Truxton, NY since 1980--the first 30 years in partnership with her husband, Rick, and his brother, Bob and since 2010 with son Kirk. The farm began shipping certified organic milk in 1998. Kathie has been active over the years advocating for organic dairy issues, especially the Pasture Rule. Among other advocacy endeavors, she worked against fracking in NYS and was a Cortland County Legislator for six years. She and Rick built a passive solar, earth sheltered home in the 1980's and have installed PV systems for both the home and farm.