Aaron Thomas begins work February 7, 2022, in a new position for the Adirondack Land Trust: Farmland and Stewardship Specialist. Thomas will work with farmers, landowners and other partners for the sustainability of Adirondack farms and food systems.

Thomas joins the Adirondack Land Trust after working with the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts and United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to help farmers develop conservation plans and manage natural resources.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with North Country farmers for a positive impact on the land and local food system,” Thomas said. “Farmers are not alone in working toward a sound economic and environmental future for their lands, and I look forward to making new connections and learning from the region’s farming community.”

Thomas was raised on a small farm in Central New York and has lived in the Plattsburgh area for 10 years. He studied at SUNY Plattsburgh and William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, earning a B.S. in environmental science with a focus on climate change and agriculture. When not working, he enjoys road trips to see family and friends, seeing live music, and relaxing on the shores of Lake Champlain with his dog, Levon.