Garth Kahl began his career in organics by studying Ecological Horticulture at the University of California Santa Cruz Farm and Garden Program, where he earned a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture in 1989. He went on to obtain a BS in Agriculture from Cornell University in 1992. After graduation he managed a commercial medicinal herb farm for two years, before starting his own farm and becoming an organic inspector in 1996.
Since 1996 Garth has worked as an organic inspector, working on 3 continents, including inspections of crops, processing, wild harvest, livestock, apiculture, grower groups and textiles. He is accredited as an organic inspector in all scopes by the International Organic Inspectors Association, the world’s leading professional body for organic inspectors. From 2007 to 2011 he was the Latin American Program Manager and interim Farm Program Manager for Oregon Tilth Certified Organic, a major U.S. certifier.
Here at IOS, Garth focuses primarily on processing, livestock and international customers, as well as organic inputs clients and our support services to accredited certifiers. He passions include pasture-based farm systems, apiculture, international development, distillation and brewing. When not in the office or on the road, he may be found halter training young claves or in the greenhouse tending to his beloved mini bell peppers and English cucumbers.