Organic farmer Steve Sprinkel and his wife, Olivia Chase, were named Stewards of Sustainable Agriculture at the 33rd annual EcoFarm conference held earlier this year in California. Sprinkel, a long-time policy advisor and director, has served as the president of The Cornucopia Institute Board of Directors since 2010. The Harvard-educated farmer is also an author, organic certification inspector, and restaurateur.
EcoFarm founder Amigo Cantisano cited Sprinkel’s lifetime of leadership in the organic farming movement, including his participation in regional and statewide organic certification with CCOF, his long tenure as associate editor and “Transitions” columnist at ACRES USA, and his work with Cornucopia.
With her husband, Olivia Chase owns The Farmer and The Cook, an all-organic restaurant, bakery and grocery store located in Ojai, California. Chase was honored as a prominent regional activist and educator in the good food movement. The couple operate a 12-acre organic farm.
In accepting the award, Sprinkel noted that it “seems entirely premature because I feel like I am not done yet!”