Prior to joining Beefsteak, Bennett Haynes spent his career following his passion for feeding others as an entrepreneur and community organizer. Haynes got his start in agriculture as a student at Bowdoin College, where he majored in environmental studies and anthropology before going on to become a Fulbright scholar. His studies eventually brought him to Southeast Asia, where he began his career as a community organizer in Thailand for The Alternative Agriculture Network. His accomplishments with AAN reached well beyond Thailand when he implemented network-wide Green Market policies and represented AAN at the UN Climate Meetings in Bangkok, Slow Food International Conference in Torino, and EcoFarm Conference in Monterey. Upon his return to the United States in 2011, he started Ralston Farm, LLC, where he specialized in diverse produce farming, cultivating high-quality products and overseeing a Community Supported Agriculture. In a few short years, he grew his business to serve more than 175 families and numerous restaurants, working closely with chefs to develop menus and trial heirloom produce varieties. His major restaurant clients included the Michelin starred Uncle Boons, Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen, and Brick Farm Tavern.
Chief of Produce, ThinkFoodGroup and Beefsteak
October 10 - 8:30 am to 2:00 pm