Wheel of Life Consulting offers consulting services and advocacy for agricultural operations nationwide. Our specialty is in assisting clients with issues relating to organic certification. This includes serving clients who are considering making complete or partial transitions from conventional to organic systems, as well as clients who are maintaining certification. Issues addressed can range from agronomic to zoonotic!
Mark Keating has been working in organic, sustainable and local agriculture since 1988. He spent four years with the USDA National Organic Program where he assisted in writing the federal organic crop and livestock production standards. He served an additional two years with the USDA Marketing Services Branch working to promote farmers markets and other direct-to consumer initiatives. He has conducted nearly three hundred organic farm inspections over the past five years and is actively involved in academic research on organic production systems. A New Jersey native, he received a B.A. in History from Yale University and an M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Wisconsin.