After more than six years at the helm of Ambler Farm as its first executive director, Robin Clune has announced she is moving on. She has notified the Friends of Ambler Farm, the non-profit board that oversees the organization, that she will step down effective March 31, 2020.
“It has been an honor to lead Ambler Farm for the past 6.5 years. Working alongside such thoughtful, passionate and dedicated people has been tremendously rewarding. Friends of Ambler Farm has made great strides as an organization and will continue to grow and evolve. It truly is one of Wilton’s treasures.”
Under Clune’s leadership, the farm has made major strides in fundraising to support the renovation and repair of the Raymond-Ambler House, often referred to as the farm’s “White House.” Built between 1799 and the 1820s, the house is the centerpoint to the final phase of the town’s master plan for Ambler Farm drawn up in 1999, when Wilton purchased the property. Completing that has been key to accomplishing the mission set out by the deed of sale – to dedicate the entire property (land and buildings) to the “preservation of the agricultural heritage of the Town of Wilton.”
In addition, she has further rooted the farm’s place in the community through working with program director Kevin Meehan and assistant program director Jen Grass to introduce and grow programs, notably solidifying the farm’s signature Ambler Farm Day, Summer Camp and apprentice programs; increased fundraising opportunities by bringing on special events coordinator Laura Guzewicz; collaborated with with Farmer Jonathan Kirschner to expand agricultural operations; and formalized the public-private partnership with the Town.
Key to moving the farm into the future, last year Clune helped secure town approval on the expansion of activities allowed on the farm to continue the farm’s path on self-sufficient operations.
Neil Gluckin is the former president of Friends of Ambler Farm, who worked with Clune for most of her tenure. “During her time as executive director, Robin helped guide Ambler Farm through an important period of growth and transition. She brought invaluable clarity, creativity and quiet leadership to all she did. That Ambler Farm today is a strong organization with a talented staff, a loyal group of volunteers and a great future ahead of it is a testament to Robin’s energy, vision and commitment,” Gluckin said.
“I’d especially like to thank the staff, Board of Directors and the many volunteers who support the farm for their kindness and generosity toward the farm. I am excited to see what the future holds,” Clune added.