Center for an Agricultural Economy seeks new executive director to bolster Vermont food systems


Nov. 28, 2012

Elena Gustavson
Center for an Agricultural Economy
[email protected]

Hardwick, Vermont –  Today, the Center for an
Agricultural Economy’s Board announced new staff changes that will
enable the organization to meet the growing opportunities in local,
healthy food systems.  Monty Fischer, the CAE’s Executive Director has
been named the new Director of Development, as the call for a new
executive director was made.  Elena Gustavson, CAE’s Program Director
will serve as Interim Executive Director while the search for a new
Executive Director is underway.

“Monty has been instrumental in helping us grow from a young, start-up
to an expanding and maturing organization with two major properties
and growth in several program areas,” says Andrew Meyer, member of the
CAE Board and a local business owner. “We are excited about his new
role and look forward to his continued leadership.”  Over the last
eight years, the Center for an Agricultural Economy has been a leader
in the statewide local healthy food system movement.

“We are reinvesting in our food system”, says Tom Stearns, owner of
High Mowing Seeds in Wolcott and President of the Center for an
Agricultural Economy’s Board, “and we will continue to innovate, lead
and deepen our commitment to fulfilling our mission of a healthy and
local food system.” The CAE has formed a Transition Team to search,
interview and hire the new Executive Director.  The position
description is available on the CAE’s website at and its blog at

Since 2004, the CAE has encouraged the development of a local system
that meets the needs and aspirations of the community and ensures
economic and ecological stability and abundance. Through involvement
within the community and local businesses and a commitment to
economic, ecological and nutritional health, the Center for an
Agricultural Economy supports a vibrant regional food system.

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