Co-Founder & Director of Certification Services, The Cannabis Conservancy
Brian comes from a long line of plant people, growers and professionals in the agricultural arena. He been a small scale commercial organic grower since the 1980s and started one of the first CSA farms in the Hudson Valley of NY in the late 1980s. He grows with an emphasis on sustainable practices, production of heirloom vegetables and fruits and maintaining regionally adapted seed varieties.
For the last 12 years he has worked as a Integrated Pest Management ( IPM) consultant, agricultural consultant and farm certifier working domestically and internationally with major international 3rd party certification bodies such as National Britannia, Det Norske Veritas, SCS Global Services and Global Food Chain ID. Since 2007 he has audited hundreds of Farms, Greenhouses, Packinghouses and Processors to accredited 3rd Party Standards including Global GAP, Tesco Nurture, Costco, Primus GFS, USDA Organic and a variety of private label schemes. As a consultant he has worked with growers, processors and packinghouses to develop Good Agricultural Practices( GAP), HACCP based food safety systems and Quality Management plans.