Cara Loriz joined the OSA team as executive director in 2016 after leading the start-up of Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, a historic farm on Shelter Island, New York. An educator and writer, Cara studied soils and remote sensing while earning degrees in geology and technical writing, and also taught environmental science and geology at several colleges. Before joining the farm world, she served as editor-in-chief of the local newspaper on Shelter Island, winning awards for writing, photography and design. In advancing OSA’s mission, Cara has prioritized promoting seed literacy and building cultural and community connections to plant breeding. In 2017, Cara facilitated OSA’s fiscal sponsorship of the Society of Organic Seed Professionals. She lives in Port Townsend with her husband Mike, several chickens and thousands of honey bees.
Board and Advisory Roles
- Policy Committee, Organic Farmers Association
- Washington State University Food Systems Team