Kurt Alstede is a lifelong resident of the Highlands and a full-time family farmer in Chester Township. He founded Alstede farms in 1982, a business that is now recognized as one of New Jersey’s premier farm operations and destinations. Mr. Alstede was selected as New Jersey’s Outstanding Young Farmer in 1988 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 past Director of the New Jersey Farm Bureau, a past President of the Morris County Board of Agriculture, and a past President 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. Mr. Alstede is also an Eagle Scout.

Appointed to Council: June 2009
Term expires: November 2012