Rhys understands what it takes to grow and distribute local food because he has worked in almost every aspect of the food system. With over 20 years as an organic farmer and almost a decade working as a wholesale buyer for Twin Cities based Co-Op Partners, a certified organic produce wholesaler, he is able to offer support to our growers from seed to sale. 

Rhys believes that giving a voice to and creating market opportunities for independent, minority, and immigrant farmers is key to strengthening the Twin Cities food system. As Executive Director of The Good Acre he has overseen the development of programs that embody our mission of connecting and strengthening farmers, food makers, and communities through good food. 

Growing up in Blind River, Ontario then suburbs of Chicago, he earned a degree in Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University. He served in the Peace Corps in Kenya in the 80’s and relocated to Minnesota in the early 90’s, where he’s been ever since, with his wife and two daughters.