FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — After nearly eight years with The Good Acre, Rhys Williams has announced his retirement effective at the end of this year. Williams has been with the nonprofit since its early planning phase in 2014, becoming the organization’s first Executive Director in 2015.
“Rhys’ ability to listen, learn, and shed light on inequities in infrastructure, funding, and market access helped make The Good Acre what it is today,” says Emily Paul the former Programs Director for The Good Acre. Paul, who most recently served as the Executive Director at Minnesota Central Kitchen continues, “TGA was built to meet the needs of so many farmers and food makers who, before the food hub existed, were not having their needs met or their voices heard. The food system in the Twin Cities is better because of his work.”
The Good Acre’s board of directors has initiated a search for qualified candidates with the help of Joelle Allen of kpCompanies, a Twin Cities based search firm. Co-founder and board member, Sara Pohlad, explains “Our goal is to find a leader who embodies and perpetuates the flexible and supportive culture that Rhys started. We hope to build on his skills as the organization takes steps toward being more diverse and culturally competent at every level, more cohesive in vision, and more formal in policy and public partnership”. Those who meet the desired qualifications have until Friday, November 5th to apply. To view the job description and to learn how to apply, visit TheGoodAcre.org/careers.
“The staff at The Good Acre is our strongest asset. We have a group of people who believe in our mission and will work hard to succeed,” says Williams, who intends to stay on board to help with the transition. “This is a great opportunity.”
Williams has decades of experience as an organic farmer. After serving in the Peace Corps in Kenya in the 80’s, Williams grew fruit in Upstate New York, British Columbia, and Washington state before becoming a partner at Featherstone Farm, a 250 acre Certified Organic farm in Rushford, MN. After relocating to the Twin Cities in 2007, Williams worked as a wholesale buyer for Co-Op Partners before getting involved with planning for what would eventually become The Good Acre food hub. When asked what’s next, he hopes to stay involved in local food by returning to farming on a small scale. “I look forward to slowing down and scaling back”.
About The Good Acre:
The Good Acre is a nonprofit food hub in Falcon Heights whose mission is to connect and strengthen farmers, food makers, and communities through good food. The organization does this by providing one-on-one grower support services to small, local produce farmers, creating wholesale markets that pay an equitable price to farmers, and supporting small food businesses through their shared-use commercial kitchen rental and CPG focused business workshops. The Good Acre also is home to VoCul, a vocational culinary training program with a farm-to-school focus that is aimed at building up a workforce of skilled culinary professionals. Learn more about The Good Acre by visiting our website www.thegoodacre.org.
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