Hour 3 -- David Cross (Marketing Director for Azure Standard) talks about the recent outcome of a court action to force spraying their organic farm; Gregg Tivnan (Cont'd)
2017-05-26 Hour 3 David Cross, Gregg Tivnan from Ernest Hancock on Vimeo.
Marketing Director for Azure Standard
David Cross is Marketing Director at Azure Standard where he brings 27 years of direct response marketing experience gained across the world.
He has worked in 23 countries and lived in six countries, settling in Oregon over 15 years ago. He has a small 6-acre homestead where he grows food and rears animals to feed his family. He hunts and fishes across Oregon.
David's diverse work experience includes head of Internet marketing for the world's largest financial newsletter publisher, Internet startup entrepreneur in Sweden, chef, QVC guest presenter, earthquake relief volunteer for the 1988 Armenian earthquake, head of PR for a charity in the United Kingdom, running an Ayurvedic health center, candidate in the 1992 British Parliamentary Election, and part owner of a veterinary clinic.
He is a father of six and serves as Chair of the Board at his daughter's charter school in Oregon City, Oregon.
David grew up in a working-class area of Northern England where his father rented a garden "allotment" for a dollar a month off a neighbor. The family grew a lot of their food there and it fostered David's very early passions for food and cooking.
Five years ago, David had a crazy idea to turn the 13,000-sq. ft. lawn at his family home into a vegetable garden. He grew 25 different types of vegetables and herbs fed his family, canned, pickled, and make chutneys and sauces. His children gave food baskets to their school auction, and donated food regularly to their local food bank.
David remains a keen chef and cooks for his family almost every day, and bakes bread about four times a week, one of the advantages of working from home with the ingredients available to him from his larder and Azure Standard.
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We had a public meeting Weds. May 17 with county officials, and we are working toward a good outcome with the county who received upwards of 57,000 emails during the first week (the most they have ever received in the past over any issue was 5). Here is our video update following that meeting (also, see video below)
The county then canceled their proposed May 22 court date where they were going to make the final determination of whether to spray and/or quarantine our 2,000 acre certified organic farm.
We put together a short FAQ to answer some of the persistent questions we received on the issue.
An Organic Farm Under Threat
An Organic Farm Under Threat from Azure Standard on Vimeo.
Azure Organic Farm Update
Azure Organic Farm Update from Azure Standard on Vimeo.
Azure Organic Farm Public Meeting Outcome
Azure Organic Farm Public Meeting Outcome from Azure Standard on Vimeo.
Here is a link to a previous interview (from May 17, 2017) with David Stelzer (Founder and CEO of Azure Farms/Azure Standard) talking about the potential court action against the farm to spray noxious weeds with damaging pesticides/RoundUp: