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Leah Mayor Joins American Farmland Trust as Project Director of the Working Lands Alliance and New England Project Manager

Michele Wells: (303) 417-0696, mwells@wellscommunications.net
Windsor, CT, August 3, 2011 —American Farmland Trust recently welcomed Leah Mayor to its Connecticut field office, where she will serve as the Working Lands Alliance Project Director and New England Project Manager. 

Mayor brings an extensive background in education and community leadership to AFT, as well as experience with sustainability initiatives focused on food and agricultural systems.  Her work has focused on leveraging enthusiasm of a growing local foods movement to protect farmland, natural heritage, and artisanal traditions.  She holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education and Cultural Anthropology from Cornell University.

Mayor is also the founder and principal of Taking Root, an ecotourism initiative devoted to stimulating local economies, building community viability, and celebrating our connections to food and culinary history. She also blogs about food and agricultural systems for a number of online platforms, including the Huffington Post.

Mayor’s work at AFT will focus on policies needed to sustain local farms and protect diminishing farmland throughout New England, with an emphasis on Connecticut. She can be reached at 860-683-4230 or at lmayor@farmland.org.



American Farmland Trust is the nation's leading conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land. Since its founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, AFT has helped save millions of acres of farmland from development and led the way for the adoption of conservation practices on millions more.

AFT's national office is located in Washington, DC. Phone: 202-331-7300. For more information, visit www.farmland.org.

American Farmland Trust