Honoured at Organic Connections 2004
Ray converted to organic in 1987, and it became a passion for him. When he was joined by his nephew, the farm supported 5 families. He was an innovative producer, never afraid to try new crops. He was pivotal in establishing the organic producer/certifier group OCIA chapter 5, often referred to as the Marysburg chapter as well as an important marketing cooperative for organic grain. Ray was an example and a mentor to many, from local farmers to people who became leaders in the organic community. Although he would not accept the term “expert”, he embodied the very spirit of organic, sharing freely with the organic community. He was gentle and encouraging, wise and practical, and he always had a twinkle in his eye.