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Boston & Sharon, MA – April 14, 2014 – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), the nation’s first land trust established in 1891 and one of Massachusetts’ largest land conservation nonprofits, named Leslie Cox Farm Director. Cox will oversee the growth and management of The Trustees’ several agricultural farm operations across the state, including iconic community farms such as Powisset Farm in Dover, the Bradley Estate in Canton, Weir River Farm in Hingham, Appleton Farms in Ipswich and Moraine Farm in Beverly.
Cox joins The Trustees from Hampshire College, where he worked as Farm Manager since 1997, establishing a signature organic agriculture program that included organic milk, maple, pig, apiary, turkey, chicken, CSA and pasture operations. In addition to his farm management and supervisory role, he also served as an exceptional mentor, providing ongoing leadership and guidance to agricultural students and professionals. Prior to his work at Hampshire College, Cox worked for over 20 years in various organic farm management, sales and supervisory roles primarily located on the East Coast.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Cox’s on-the-ground agricultural expertise overseeing our many successful farm operations throughout the state,” says Jocelyn Forbush, Trustees of Reservations Vice President for Program Leadership. “His impressive background in organic farm management, combined with an expertise in so many important technical aspects of the trade, will be a significant asset as we look to enhance existing and expand to new agriculture operations across the Commonwealth.”
“It's exciting to be working with a historical land conservation organization that has made it a priority to increase agricultural production” adds Cox. “It is important to have new generations see where their food is grown.”
Cox is currently the President of NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association), as well as a past board member of CISA and the Amherst Farm Committee. He holds a BS from Cornell University in Agricultural Education and Farm Management and an AAS from Cobleskill Ag. and Tech. in Cobleskill, NY in Animal Husbandry and Dairy Management. He is the winner of the prestigious USDA Merit Award and the NOFA Friend Award. He currently lives in Belchertown, MA with his wife but is also partially based out of the Bradley Estate in Canton in his statewide role.
More about The Trustees of Reservations
An established leader in the conservation and preservation movement and a model for other land trusts nationally and internationally, The Trustees were founded in 1891 by visionary landscape architect Charles Eliot, a protégé of Frederick Law Olmsted, to “hold in trust” (or preserve) “reservations” (or parks) for public use and enjoyment. The Trustees currently care for more than 26,000 acres spread across 112 properties of scenic, natural and cultural significance across the state which are visited by over one million people annually. Holdings range from working farms and historic homesteads with landscaped gardens, to barrier beaches, mountain vistas, woodland trails and urban community parks and gardens. The organization also protects and holds conservation restrictions on an additional 20,000+ acres and has worked with public and private partners statewide to assist in the protection of an additional 24,000+ acres. One of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits, The Trustees employs a year-round staff equivalent of 280 people with operating revenues over $20 million and an endowment that exceeds $125 million. To find out more, please visit: www.thetrustees.org