Alan R. Hunt, Ph.D. grew up along the Musconetcong River on his grandparent's small farm and greenhouse operation. The outdoors was like an additional parent, teaching him the ways of nature, recognizing both the changes and patterns of the natural world. Growing up in a time of rapid housing and commercial development, Alan was curious about how people decided to use the land and how to retain productive farmland. He pursued a B.S. in Environmental Studies at Bates College, in Maine, and while on a junior year abroad trip to England in 2002, he encountered his first farmers' market. He was inspired by farmers' markets and their potential to form community, generate farm income and help preserve farmland. With this vision, he laid a course to focus his undergraduate thesis and Master's Degree on the topic. After graduating from Duke University with a Master of Environmental Management, Alan began professional work in Washington, D.C. on a 4-year farm bill coalition at the Northeast Midwest Institute, and led policy on local food, food access and rural development. Ever curious about policy process, Alan became a Fulbright Scholar and earned his Ph.D. in Rural Development from Newcastle University, UK. He returned to the farm in 2013, and his family has been bringing it back to life after it skipped a generation.
Alan's family has been members of the MWA from just about its start. He served on the Board of Directors in 2016, and was brought on as Executive Director in the fall of 2016. His interdisciplinary background, which crosses environmental chemistry, toxicology, policy, economics, hydrology, and forestry, has been an asset in advancing the MWA's research partnerships. At MWA, Alan has a variety of roles, including serving on the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed's Steering Committee, the co-chair of the Asbury Mill Committee, and the Executive Director of the Musconetcong River Management Council.