A retired insurance executive, William Deyesso led the third-party provider Buyer's Choice, Inc., in Boston as CEO. Now residing in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, William Deyesso maintains a gentleman’s farm and has an interest in regional farming practices.
One innovative project launched by the New England Small Farm Institute a decade ago is the Conservation Partnership Initiative for Grazing, which was undertaken through a USDA grant. Centered in Massachusetts' largest watershed, the Chicopee River Basin. The initiative sought to bring farm diversification to an area in which small agricultural operations had caused significant surface and groundwater degradation over the decades.
Emphasizing proper water and grazing management, the project brought pasturing of animals in grasslands back to the fore. These took the place of confinement livestock operations that were having a major impact on water resources and riparian system health. With some 40 percent of the basin protected from urban development, the area was seen as ideal for introducing best practices that ensure synergies between farming, the welfare of livestock, and the integrity of the natural environment.
William Deyesso - Successful Boston Real Estate Developer and Insurance Executive