David HaightVice President of Programs
David has served as Vice President for Programs since 2018, working to elevate the impact of AFT’s regional programs that operate in approximately 25 states. He also supports the growth of national programs to support farm viability including the launch of AFT’s Brighter Future Fund and Smart Solar Program. He previously served as the New York Regional Director where he helped educate farmers, build the capacity of land trusts, and expand public funding that permanently protected 100,000 acres of farmland. David also oversaw major initiatives to help farmers protect healthy soil and clean water in the Long Island Sound and Great Lakes watersheds, scaled-up sales of local food to schools and institutions, and helped a new generation of farmers find land in New York’s Hudson Valley and across the state.
David’s wife, Suzanne, owns Balet Flowers & Design, a farm which produces high quality plants and flowers in the Saratoga region of New York. 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 LEAD New York program.