David HaightVice President of Programs
David supports AFT’s six regional programs. He previously served as the New York Director, building that program into one of AFT’s gems. He is the co-author of “Planning for Agriculture in New York: A Toolkit for Town and County Governments” and worked with more than 20 local governments in developing and implementing farmland protection plans. David has also overseen major initiatives to help farmers protect healthy soil and clean water on Long Island and Lake Ontario, scaled-up sales of local food to institutions in New York, and helped a new generation of farmers find land in New York’s Hudson Valley and across the state. Before joining AFT, he worked for Vermont Land Trust and as an outdoor educator in New York’s Catskill Mountains. David and his family own Balet Flowers & Design, a farm which produces high quality plants and flowers. David earned a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and political science from Binghamton University and a Master of Science in natural resources planning from the University of Vermont. He also graduated from New York’s LEAD program.