The organic farming community in the Carolinas would not be where it is today without the work of Tony Kleese.

His career of accomplishment was especially important to CFSA. Recognized in 1995 as one of our first Activists of the Year, he led our organic certification program, and served on our Board of Directors and then as Executive Director. Tony has been a sought-after instructor at events like the Sustainable Agriculture Conference.

In recognition of Tony’s service to this community, CFSA’s Board of Directors awarded Tony a Lifetime Achievement Award at its winter meeting on Feb. 25, 2018. Tony courageously battled cancer and passed on Mar. 17, 2018.