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Colorado Farm to Table has selected a new executive director, after a months-long nationwide search, unanimously appointing Ann-Marie Draeger for the role.

“We look forward to a very positive and productive next chapter for Colorado Farm to Table. The board has the fullest confidence that Ann-Marie will use her extensive years of nonprofit experience in successful fundraising, program development and leadership to foster growth and sustainability for the organization for many years to come,” said interim Executive Director Lisa McGrew-Siegfried.

Draeger will begin her work at Colorado Farm to Table March 4. She succeeds founder Tony Madone, Jr., who served as both executive director and farm operations manager for more than 23 years. Madone will continue to serve as farm operations manager working alongside Draeger.

Colorado Farm to Table, located on Highway 291, just outside of Salida, is a 501(c)(3). It ’s mission is to grow and donate 100 percent of its fresh vegetables to those in need in Chaffee County and throughout Colorado.

The nonprofit background Draeger brings to her new role is extensive. She has worked in nonprofit development and administration for the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU), Wilderness Inquiry, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and Washburn Center for Children. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Colorado Farm to Table relies entirely on generous donations from foundations, businesses and individuals for its operation. It also relies on the generous contribution of thousands of hours of volunteer time, from hundreds of volunteers from the local and regional community as far away as Denver.