Kurt Alstede is a lifelong resident of the Highlands and the Founder, Owner, and General Manager of Alstede Farms LLC in Chester, NJ. Alstede Farms is widely recognized as one of New Jersey’s premier farm operations and destinations, offering a Farm Store, pick-your-own, tailgate markets, Community Supported Agriculture and agritourism attractions. Mr. Alstede served on the transition teams of governors Chris Christie and Christie Whitman, and was chosen by President George W. Bush to serve as a New Jersey State Committee Member of the USDA Farm Service Agency in 2002.

Mr. Alstede served six years as a Councilman in Chester Township and continues to serve on its Open Space Committee. He is a member and past Director of the New Jersey Farm Bureau, a member and past President of the Morris County Board of Agriculture, and a past President, Director and Life Member of the Chester Volunteer Fire Co. #1.

Mr. Alstede is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture, with minor studies in Agronomy and Agribusiness. He is a featured speaker at regional and national farm and commodity conferences on a variety of agricultural topics. Mr. Alstede is also an Eagle Scout.


Re-Appointed to Council: June 2009 (originally appointed November 2004)
Term expires: November 2012