Berkshire Grown has new executive director
GREAT BARRINGTON — Berkshire Grown has chosen its next executive director.
Margaret Moulton was hired as executive director of the organization, based on her work with the Trustees of Reservations and the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., Berkshire Grown's board announced Thursday.
"We are thrilled to have Margaret at the helm of the organization. She is uniquely suited to engage growers and eaters alike in the discussion on the importance of local food," said Allison Rachele Bayles, president of the board of trustees, in a prepared news release. "More importantly, Margaret has the background in both programming and fundraising that Berkshire Grown needs."
Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy and landscape.
Moulton's long-standing commitment to local food and farmers and over 15 years of experience working in the field of community engagement have prepared her to lead the organization into its third decade, the board said in a statement.
"I am so proud to join the Berkshire Grown team and honored to continue the important work Barbara Zheutlin has achieved over the past 10 years," she said in the release. "I look forward to growing the organization's reach into Northern Berkshire County, expanding access to fresh, local food to all residents, and sharing my passion for local farms and food with all the amazing farmers, foodies and chefs in our community."
Zheutlin's leadership coincided with the growth of the local food movement in the Berkshires, which has become a contributor to the local economy.
Berkshire Grown on Sept. 24 will hold its Harvest Supper, the organization's 20th fundraising event that showcases local farms and restaurants.
With the addition of indoor markets in March and April, this season marks the first time that farmers markets will be year-round throughout Berkshire County. Berkshire Grown's popular Winter Farmers Markets will now run November through April in Great Barrington on the third Saturday of each month — alongside the North Adams (first Saturday) and Pittsfield (second Saturday) markets.
For more information, visit berkshiregrown.org or call 413-528-0041.
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