Episode 56: Understanding Certifications with Andrew Black
Andrew Black is the Certified Kind Founder and Director. Andrew spent the past 11 years working for Oregon Tilth, one of the nation’s most trusted organic certification agencies. Andrew has worn many hats in organic certification, including Farm Program Manager, Inspector, Final Reviewer, Latin American Specialist, and Certification Officer. Andrew has inspected hundreds of farms and food processing facilities in the United States and Latin America and has made certification decisions for hundreds more. He is an expert compliance reviewer for products certified to the USDA National Organic program plus the organic standards of the European Union, Canada, and Mexico. He also has hands-on experience growing plants in greenhouses, and for several years grew vegetables for 15 families from his small urban farm. He has also been an integral part of establishing the Sun and Earth Certification as well, which we discussed in the last episode with David Bronner.