Welcome Fairview Gardens’ New Executive Director: Tim Heuer


Tim Heuer

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.

The Center for Urban Agriculture for 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.