About Sustainable CAPE

Sustainable CAPE’s mission is to celebrate local food while inclusively educating about the health of our bodies, community, and environment. We demonstrate the direct link between local food, sustainable health and wellness, and the importance of preserving the fragile land and water resources that directly enable our local harvest. Our goal is to educate, empowering individuals to become agents of change – thereby creating a decidedly more delicious, healthy and sustainable world.

Board of Directors

Meet the community members leading our organization.
Francie Randolph Sustainable Cape

Francie Randolph – Visual Artist & Educator

Founding Director of Sustainable CAPE, Francie Randolph, Ed.M., is an award-winning visual artist whose nature-based work has been published & exhibited internationally. After living in Papua New Guinea and Australia, she taught in Harvard’s Visual and Environmental Studies Department for 7 years, winning numerous Teaching Awards. In 2009, she and two farming friends co-founded the Truro Agricultural Fair; shortly thereafter she founded the non-profit Sustainable CAPE. Randolph now works toward creating a Deeply Rooted Food System, combining her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard with cross-disciplinary passions for art, food, health, the environment, education & food equity. She lives surrounded by gardens on an historic farm in Truro with her artist husband, 2 children, 1 cat, a dozen hens and countless honeybees.

Chris-Affleck Sustainable Cape

Chris Affleck – Educator

Board President Christopher Anne Affleck, a lifetime educator, was born and raised in New York City and since then has put down (and pulled up) roots in Mississippi, Berkeley, Santa Barbara, and Falmouth. Finally she settled in Cambridge, where she taught elementary school for 29 years and successfully raised two children and many bushels of zucchini and tomatoes. Her educational background with elementary school students is invaluable for developing today’s garden curriculum. Chris’s Truro garden and dining room support a large cohort of visitors, guests and luminaries while supporting a robust forum for local food discussion.

Peter Gilson Sustainable Cape

Peter Gilson – CEO

Board Vice-President Peter W. Gilson served as Chief Executive Officer of Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc. and as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Physicians Support Systems, Inc. Additionally he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Warrington Group Ltd., a manufacturer of safety products that was previously a division of the Timberland Company, where he formerly served as Chief Operating Officer. He has been a Director of EDCI Holdings, Inc. since March 1997. He is currently a Director of The New Hope Foundation and a Trustee of Deerfield Academy. Peter is a fan of farmer’s markets, juicing dinosaur kale, and growing bushels of cherry tomatoes and raspberries in his Truro garden.

Steven M Garran – Business Owner & CPA

Board Treasurer Steven Garran, a direct descendent of Truro’s first minister, is the owner of Steven M. Garran, CPA in Eastham, Massachusetts, a tax-preparation and accounting firm. While firmly rooted on the Cape, Steve is an avid traveler and has traversed the world, collecting art wherever he finds himself. He has promoted youth activities through his longtime leadership in many area non-profits such as The Orleans Firebirds and Boy Scouts and has raised funds for the American Cancer Society for many years. His experience in banking, wealth management and accounting, as well as his deep ties to our local community, make him an invaluable asset to our work at Sustainable CAPE.

Leo Blandford – Health Equity Leader

Leo Blandford is the Outer Cape Health Services Director of Health Equity and Community Impact. He has worked in a range of social services, with an emphasis on youth and families, behavioral health, and homelessness. He previously worked as a clinical social worker at the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Mental Health, and in business operations with the American Red Cross. When Leo isn’t in his garden with his family and chickens, he serves on a number of other regional and state boards and advisory committees including the Barnstable County Regional Homeless Network Policy Committee, Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission, Health Equity Compact, and the Massachusetts Rural Council on Health, among others.

Dan Wolf – State Senator Sustainable Cape

Dan Wolf – Founder & CEO

Board Member Emeritus, Dan Wolf, acts in an advisory capacity to Sustainable CAPE. The former State Senator from the Cape and Islands, founded Cape Air & Nantucket Airlines, one of the largest independent regional airlines in the country headquartered in Hyannis, MA. Cape Air is an environmental leader and supports a comprehensive Greening Initiative, which includes one of the largest photovoltaic systems in southeastern MA,  providing 100% of electricity used in the company’s headquarters. Dan believes that his strong business, philanthropic, and environmental background, coupled with his equally strong belief that our economy should serve the core beliefs of our citizens rather than define our direction, has helped him to represent the Cape and Islands – in addition to Sustainable CAPE – with integrity and vision.

Mark Watson Sustainable Cape

Mark Watson – Sustainably Responsible Investor

Former Board President (now Emeritus) Mark Watson is Co-founder and President of Potlikker Capital, a community- governed charitable integrated capital fund supporting BIPOC farmers at the intersection of racial and climate justice. Mark’s holistic approach uses capital to influence whole ecosystems to be more just by investing in BIPOC farmers who use, or are transitioning to, regenerative farming. He also serves as Senior Investment Strategist of the Fair Food Fund, offering catalytic capital with a social equity lens to improve community access to healthy food and increase wealth through more local ownership in the production and distribution of food. Mark loves to sail and wherever he travels eats locally grown & harvested food fresh from farm and sea.

Lori Meads Sustainable Cape

Lori Meads – President & CEO

Board Member Emeritus, Lori Meads, a true Truro native, is the President / CEO of Seamen’s Bank and is also the Executive Director of the Seamen’s Bank Longpoint Charitable Foundation. She is a graduate of Bryant University with a BS/BA with a concentration in Marketing. Her professional experience, in addition to banking, is in the fund development arena. She holds leadership positions on several Cape Cod non-profit boards and is continually involved in charitable events. Giving back to the community is an important mission in Lori Meads’ professional and personal life. Lori lives in Truro with her family where she spends free time fishing on Cape Cod Bay, feeling very lucky to live in such a unique and beautiful environment.

Gus Schumacher Sustainable Cape

Gus Schumacher – 1940-2017

Loyal friend and fellow Board member Gus Schumacher passed away in September of 2017. A true champion of the local food world, Gus served as President Clinton’s Under Secretary of Agriculture at the USDA and, prior to that appointment, served as the Commissioner of Food and Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2018 he was posthumously honored with the expansion & renaming of a portion of the Farm Bill with permanent, mandatory funding – including $250 million over the next 5 years. The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) also expands the program’s scope to include a new Produce Prescription Program. Lauded as “a magnificent advocate for farmers and families (who) saw the importance in building access and affordability”, Gus was a member of the 21st Century Sustainable Agricultural Task Force of the National Academy of Sciences and co-founded the Wholesome Wave Foundation in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After Harvard College Gus studied at the London School of Economics and was a research associate in agribusiness at the Harvard Business School. Gus spent the vast majority of his free time at farmers’ markets, encouraging the next generation and sailing on the waters of Cape Cod.

Gus’ Zucchini 500 Racetrack at the Truro Agriculture Fair continues to engage youth and their families in wholesome fun with vegetables to this day.

Our Supporters

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Solar Stars

MA Grown
Connect for Change Sustainable Cape
Cape Cod 5 Sustainable Cape
Connect for Change Sustainable Cape

Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Ayer Family Foundation

ECCF‘s Merck-Evarts Fund

Rich & Sonia McArdle


Carol Warshawsky


Seamen's Bank Sustainable Cape

Steve Corkin & Dan Maddalena

Peter & Peggotty Gilson

The Howard Bayne Fund


Cape Air – Clyde Watson & Denis Devlin – Alina K Roytberg –  Mona Dukess – Michael Fee & Michele Fee Smith – Nararo Foundation – Ricki Nenner – Truro Public Library


Chris Affleck – AIM Thrift Shop, Inc. – Julie Shapiro & Shelly F. Cohen – Susan Anthony Family Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation – Deborah Colson & Mark Diker – Farm Credit East – Steven M. Garran, CPA – Curtis Hartman – Jeung Hyun – Katz Family Foundation – Samantha Knowlton – Romaine Macomb & Ruth Feldman – Mashpee Commons LLP – Patrick Otton – Penny & Evan Randolph – Robert & Barbara Cardinal – Truro Cultural Council – White Cedar Fund – Kelsey Wirth & Samuel Myers – Truro Part-time Resident Taxpayers Association