Nourse Farms founder and President Timothy Nourse has transitioned from overall leadership of Nourse Farms to Chairman of the Board of Directors effective January 1, 2022. Tim is leaving the day-to-day operational oversight in the very capable hands of John Place, who has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer.
Nourse Farms produces more than 30 million strawberry plants in addition to 6 million raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, currant, gooseberry, elderberry, asparagus, rhubarb, and horseradish plants each year to customers around the world.
Tim Nourse is recognized as a pioneer in tissue culture propagation, having built the first lab at Nourse Farms over 40 years ago. Establishing this capability in the 1980s was a key to growth and innovation for customers around the world.
Before joining Nourse Farms as Chief Operating Officer in 2019, John Place built his career in Pennsylvania at Keepsake Farm. He also holds a degree in Agriculture and Animal Science from the University of Delaware. John is a highly accomplished farmer and successful business executive. In nearly 3 years at Nourse Farms, he has made a significant impact on the company’s performance to date, with an entrepreneurial eye to future opportunity and growth and an appreciation for the loyal employees that make everything possible.
“I have been looking for the right leader to take the reins at Nourse Farms for quite a while. John is the right guy, and he has proven himself in the time he has been here,” said Tim Nourse. “I have full confidence the farm will continue to prosper under John’s leadership and service our customers at the outstanding level they expect from us.”
Nourse Farms has an exciting future. Incoming CEO John Place said, “The core business is performing very well and our relationships with our outstanding network of customers remains our first priority.” He went on to say, “Nourse Farms is constantly innovating to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers to produce fruit from our plants. I am excited and honored to be able to lead Nourse Farms through the next chapter of the company.”
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