April 23, 2018
Dear Friend of Berkshire Grown,
I am writing to inform you that after more than eleven years of dedicated leadership Barbara Zheutlin, Executive Director of Berkshire Grown, has decided to step down at the end of September 2018. Having determined that now is the right time to begin planning a new phase of her life, Barbara is choosing to leave at a time when Berkshire Grown is thriving and stronger than ever – thanks to her leadership and the support of members like you.
We will reap the benefits of Barbara’s leadership for years to come. Today, our full-time staff includes a Communications Director and Program Manager; we have expanded our Guide to Local Food and Farms both in size and distribution; we are producing numerous workshops for farmers and food producers in our region; and we continue to strengthen Share the Bounty – our win-win project that supports local farms and food pantries (a project Barbara helped create). Not to mention the fact that our events continue to be some of the most delicious around!
We are fortunate to have time to conduct a thoughtful search and successful transition to new leadership. To that end, the Berkshire Grown Board has formed a search committee to lead this process. The Job Description can be found here.
We will keep you informed of our progress and will share news with you of our new Executive Director in the fall. For now, we hope you will join us in expressing our sincere gratitude to Barbara for her years of dedicated service, her extraordinary leadership, and in wishing her well in her next chapter.
During this transition, we are not slowing down. We hope you will save the date of Saturday, July 28, as we highlight North County with a special event at Greylock Works in North Adams to celebrate local food. We hope to see you there!
Plus, we are excited to announce two additional markets in March and April of 2019 in Great Barrington for a total of eight Berkshire Grown Holiday and Winter Farmers Markets – extending the season for farmers and all of us in the community.
Thank you so much for believing in the importance of supporting our local farmers! I’m looking forward to seeing you at a farmers market – snow or no snow – when they open in May.
Allison Rachele Bayles
President, Berkshire Grown Board of Trustees