Backyard Farms Names Tony Croft Stevens Head Grower
MADISON, ME, January 17, 2017 – Backyard Farms, the largest grower of year-round tomatoes in New England, announced it has appointed Tony Stevens as Head Grower. Mr. Stevens has 18 years of greenhouse growing experience and was most recently a Senior Grower with Windset Farms in Santa Maria, CA. As Head Grower of Backyard Farms’ 42-acre greenhouse in Madison, he will oversee the entire growing operation to ensure the consistent, year-round quality of Backyard Farms tomatoes.
“The Head Grower position is an important, highly visible role in our greenhouse and a critical component of our leadership team,” said Backyard Farms President Stuart Jablon. “In addition to his proven track record of excellence and productivity, Tony shares our company values and understands our vision to be the most trusted brand in America. I’m confident in his ability to manage and develop our people as well as our crop and I look forward to seeing our company gain from his considerable experience and fresh perspective.”
Mr. Stevens has held senior leadership positions at other commercial greenhouses including hydroponic tomato producer Colorado Greenhouse, Eurofresh Farms and Nature Sweet Farms. “I’m excited to have been entrusted to maintain Backyard Farms’ reputation for excellence while exploring new ways to make our greenhouse as efficient and productive as possible.” Mr. Stevens said. “I truly admire the company-wide commitment to quality and taste.”
Mr. Stevens earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics/Agriculture Business from the University of Wyoming. In 2005, he received the Vortus Award where he was recognized by Vortus Consulting as the top grower in North America.