Auerfarm Appoints Erica Fearn as Executive Director


BLOOMFIELD, Conn. – July 17, 2019 – Auerfarm 4-H Education Center in Bloomfield, Connecticut announces the appointment of Erica Prior Fearn, CAE, as its new Executive Director, beginning July 24. Fearn succeeds Interim Executive Director Barbara G. DeMaio, who held the position since March.  “Auerfarm is thrilled to have an executive of Erica’s caliber lead our organization.  Her experience at the CT Farm Bureau at both the state and nationals brings a wealth of talent to our organization.  In addition, Erica’s 25-year involvement with Connecticut 4-H, both as a youth participant and now as leader, speaks volumes about her commitment and passion for agriculture and the environment, which are at the heart of everything we do at Auerfarm,” said Mark Weisman, chair of Auerfarm’s board of directors.

“I have always admired the mission and work of Auerfarm.  It is an invaluable community resource for children, families and guests from across the region who want to learn about agriculture and the environment.  I look forward to working with its very dedicated staff and volunteer force to further enrich the visitor experience and chart Auerfarm’s future,” said Fearn.

In addition to her work with the CT Farm Bureau, Fearn served as a consultant to several agricultural and environmental related non-profits.  Fearn has a BS in Animal Science from UConn and earned a certificate in Financial Success for Non- Profits from Cornell University.  Fearn is a resident of West Suffield, CT. 

“We are very thankful to Barb DeMaio for serving as our Interim Director for the past several months.  Her work was integral in maintaining Auerfarm’s level of excellence as a community resource,” said Mary Eberle, Auerfarm board member and chair of the recruitment committee.  “We also thank Harvest Development Group for their assistance is recruiting both Erica and Barb to our organization,” said Eberle. “Harvest identified the type of leaders that we needed to continue Auerfarm’s heritage as a one-of-a-kind destination and experience.”

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To everyone who attended this year’s Party in Plaid, we cannot thank you enough. The event was incredible, the weather was beautiful and a great time was had by all! Thank you so much and we hope to see you at next year’s Party in Plaid!!!


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"Thank you for another wonderful visit to the Farm to see the Maple Trees. The children could not stop talking about their day on the way back to Hartford. We really appreciate all the work you do for us. Your staff were a joy to work with and were super helpful. Please email me at anytime to coordinate the next visit! We are eager to return!

All the best, E. Vazquez"

Thank you to our wonderful employee Ben Carroll for this picture of Eleanor and her new babies!

Thank you to our wonderful employee Ben Carroll for this picture of Eleanor and her new babies!

Our entrance and roadway were recently redone thanks to three generous donations from the Koopman sisters through the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund. Enjoy the ride we have every morning on the way up to the farm.

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