The Sustainable Farming Association has announced a change in leadership. John Mesko, SFA’s well-respected executive director, has recently accepted the executive director position with the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). We are thrilled he has been selected for this important position, and thankful for his past leadership in advancing SFA’s mission. Mesko’s last day is September 25. The SFA Board of Directors and staff wish him and his family well on this new journey.
On this same day, longtime staff member Jerry Ford will assume the position of Interim Executive Director. Ford has served as Event Coordinator and Network Coordinator while at SFA. He is also the founder of the Minnesota Garlic Festival and raises garlic, potatoes, onions and grass-fed beef with his wife, Marienne Kreitlow, at Living Song Farm in Howard Lake, Minn.
“It makes sense that Jerry should lead us during this transition,” said Jim Chamberlin, SFA Association Board President. “No one is more qualified than Jerry, who knows the organization inside and out and will help position our organization for a strong future. SFA’s mission has never been more relevant, and I have full confidence he will serve successfully as our Interim Executive Director.”
Ford said SFA will continue its commitment to further progress in the sustainable agriculture movement.
“SFA is an organization that has made a significant impact in our region, especially in advancing soil health building techniques and innovation,” Ford said. “I look forward to hosting our vibrant conferences this February and working with our thousands of members and other supporters during the upcoming transition. I also want to thank John Mesko for all the work he did to build SFA into an inclusive, nimble organization that made great strides during his tenure.”
Ford can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.