New executive director named for Root Farm

Published Nov 4, 2018 at 9:00am

Upstate Cerebral Palsy has named Peter Blanchfield the new executive director of its Root Farm facility in Sauquoit, according to a release from the nonprofit organization.

A Mohawk Valley native, Blanchfield will “maintain financial an programmatic oversight” of the Root Farm’s operations, which include equestrianism, horticulture, agriculture and recreation for individuals of all abilities.

Prior to joining UCP at the Root Farm, Blanchfield was vice president of investor relations at Northern California-based investment firm MAP. Raised in New Hartford, Blanchfield graduated from Franklin and Marshall College and DePaul University, where he studied nonprofit management.

Former Root Farm director Jeremy Earl will move to an “administrative position” within UCP, the organization added.

Sprawling more than 100 acres, the Root Farm offers a diverse array of equine-assisted therapy, agricultural activity, and recreation for individuals of all ages and abilities.

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