Sweet Springs Farm, Gays Mills, WI
Environmental Protection and Resource Conservation Expert
January, 2016 – January, 2020
Harriet has been working extensively in the organic industry for over 35 years. She was an active independent organic inspector from 1989-2014, and still performs a few inspections each year. In addition, she has experience completing final reviews for multiple certifiers in the 2000s. She currently works as an Outreach Specialist with the University of Wisconsin Organic and Sustainable Cropping Systems Program. For over 30 years, Ms. Behar has been active in education, teaching courses in crop, handling, and livestock scopes for the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA), as well as teaching organic production and conservation for the NRCS and the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) at farm field days, conferences and full day seminars to a wide variety of farmers, ranchers, food processors and agricultural professionals.
Ms. Behar attended the University of Wisconsin, leaving early to farm full-time. With her husband, Ms. Behar owns and operates Sweet Springs Farm in Wisconsin, growing certified organic vegetables, and culinary and medicinal herbs since 1989. The farm also raises chickens for eggs and meat, and manages a number of honeybee hives. The farm provides Ms. Behar the opportunity to work in all aspects of farm management, from early planning stages through end market sales.