The Board of Directors, are very pleased to announce that Sarah Drewery will be the new Executive Director of The Sharing Farm Society, effective November 7, 2016.
With this announcement comes a heartfelt thank you and goodbye to James Gates, The Farm’s Executive Director for for the past four years. With his leadership, farming knowledge, ability to engage with people, James has built The Sharing Farm into an effective, well-funded and well-managed organization. Among his many accomplishments we would like to highlight:
- Partnerships with local business and the City of Richmond to design, fund, and build Mary’s Barn.
- Partnership with the Richmond Schoolyard Society and Terra Nova Nature School to deliver a whole family program for low-income families
- Development of several social enterprise initiatives
- Increasing the amount of harvested produce every year
- Increased efficiency through the addition of a second greenhouse and composting facility
- Many successful grant applications and new partnerships with sponsors
Sarah Drewery, The Sharing Farm’s new Executive Director holds a BA in History from the University of Birmingham and an MA in Archives and Record Management from University College London. Sarah has been working in the Canadian non-profit sector for six years and as an Executive Director for three. She has demonstrated significant organizational skills and outstanding success in fundraising.
Sarah is also active in the community through volunteer work. She has be a regular volunteer with Brighton Permaculture Trust, contributing to the community garden, orchards, and gained experienced in tree planting and harvesting.
The Board believes Sarah’s financial, operational, and human resources management skills, coupled with her passion for organic farming, permaculture principles, and community enterprise will be a real asset in advancing The Sharing Farm’s vision and strategic plan.
We wish Sarah much success and satisfaction in leading The Sharing Farm to continue improving the fulfillment of our mandate — to grow food families in need.