The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens

The Center for Urban Agriculture Announces New Executive Director

The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens has announced the selection of Tim Heuer as its new Executive Director. Tim will fill the vacancy created by Mark Tollefson’s departure in May. The selection was made after a national search and selection process.

“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” reported Dayna Birkley, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Private Bank, and The Center for Urban Agriculture’s Board of Trustees President.

“Fairview Gardens has a history of inspirational leadership beginning with founder, Michael Ableman’s work to promote and protect local, organic agriculture in our community. Our recent director’s work defining a clear strategic direction and developing a thriving education and camp programs is complete. It was time to bring in a leader who will take our community work to the next level. Tim and his team will expand access to our beautiful farm and bring our farm and education internship programs to national prominence. Given the aging and dwindling population of US farmers, Tim is the best possible inspirational leader, the Modern Farmer who can champion innovative, sustainable, organic, and financially sound farming practices to help us grow food and the farmers of the next generation,” Dayna said.

Tim’s resume includes over 7 years of operations, planning, administration, communications and marketing experience in farming. Tim has served as executive Managing Partner at Obercreek Farm in Hughsonville, New York. He has also served as the Director of Farming at Common Ground Farm in Beacon, New York. He holds many achievements, he was the “40 under 40” award winner with the New Your Chamber of Commerce in Dutchess County, a board member with the Tri-County Farm Bureau, and received many awards while attending Michigan State University. He holds a BLA in Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University and a BA in Religion and History at Michigan State.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity the Trustees have given me to lead the incredible and talented staff here at Fairview Gardens. I’m excited to help carry out our mission in meaningful ways throughout our community. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this storied organization,” remarked Tim.

The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens is a twelve and a half acre 100+ year-old farm that is open to the public. Guests are encouraged to take a self-guided tour or make arrangements for their school or organization to have a guided educational tour. Fairview’s mission is to build critical connections between community, agriculture and education. Fairview runs summer and after-school camps and provides a venue for a variety of classes and workshops. The farm provides the community with organically grown fruits and vegetables at their farm stand, at local farmers markets, and through their CSA (community supported agriculture) program. The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. More information about the organization can be found at


Angela Miller-Bevan
Development and Marketing Director
The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens
805-967-7369/office; 805-331-6161/cell
Tim Heuer
Executive Director
The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens

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