Gary Matteson works for the trade organization of the Farm Credit System in Washington, DC as Vice President, Young, Beginning, Small Farmer Programs and Outreach.  This includes policy work on local foods, sustainable agriculture, and direct-to-consumer agriculture. Until recently, Gary was a small farmer operating a greenhouse business in New Hampshire growing anemones for the wholesale cut flower market and raising beef cattle.  Gary also serves on the board of the Boston Flower Exchange, Inc., the premier wholesale flower market in the Northeast.  A former agricultural entrepreneur, Matteson has served on the board of directors of his local Farm Credit lending cooperative.  He holds a BS in Agronomy and a BA in Biology from the University of Connecticut.