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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
United States

(802) 417-1528

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) promotes local food knowledge, production and market opportunities for farmers and community members throughout our region.

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A Letter from Our Executive Director

Elena Gustavson


Dear RAFFL friends, neighbors and supporters:

I am fortunate to have been a part of the Rutland area's evolution into an example of successful agricultural growth through community and food system engagement at both the local and state levels. For the last twelve years, I have loved playing a key role in the formation of RAFFL and then serving as its Executive Director since 2009. We have achieved so much as a community and as an organization. I am eager to see what the future brings for local food and farms in Vermont.

It is with this same anticipation that I have accepted Mayor Louras' nomination to serve as the City of Rutland's Planning and Zoning Director. I will be bringing my professional experience of over 20 years in community development to support the future of this community. With an experienced program staff, critical programs, and an engaged board of directors, RAFFL is in a strong position to continue its good work and is poised for future innovation and growth.

Although not yet confirmed, in anticipation that the Aldermen will accept the Mayor's nomination on June 6th, RAFFL's Board has established a search committee that is guiding RAFFL during this period of potential change. They are well prepared to kick off a search process for RAFFL's next Executive Director. I will be intentional and supportive during the transition of the organization to ensure that the landscape is welcoming and ready to move forward under new leadership.

Without a doubt, I am going to miss my work with RAFFL. Our donors, our supporters, my peers and the amazing team at RAFFL will continue to have their sleeves rolled up and their boots on the ground continuing the work that is yet ahead of us. I hope you will continue to show your support for the great work we have done together now and in the future. I look forward to seeing many of you around town, at the markets, and maybe even in a pick-your-own berry patch sometime this summer!  


Tara Kelly
Rutland Area Farm and Food Link
Executive Director

Tara Kelly, photo credit JC Earle

Tara Kelly, photo credit JC Earle