The Tessemae's Foundation’s mission is to improve access to healthy foods and life-practices in our country’s Healthy Food Priority Areas, formerly known as Food Deserts, through our “Crop Circles” initiative. By forming public private partnerships with local food retailers, national growers and interested corporate and public agencies, we create a Pop-Up Farmer’s Market executed inside the Healthy Food Priority Areas across the country. Local families receive one week’s worth of fresh organic produce & dressing along with a community celebration complete with cooking demonstrations by local chefs, exercise classes from local sports figures and recognition awards for the local community garden and nutrition agencies. The event is concluded with a food summit and press conference about what is needed to sustain access to healthier food and life-styles. We chose the term “CROP CIRCLES” for its quality of being able to surprise and disrupt the failed approaches to creating healthy communities.
Stephen G. Vetter was named Executive Director of the Tessemae's Foundation to expand the Crop Circles program. Steve is father to Gregory, Brian, and Matt Vetter and husband to Teresa Vetter aka Tessemae! Prior to this appointment, "Dad" served as the first chairman of the board and simultaneously as the Director of Good Karma.
With a professional life rich in international and domestic development, Steve offers a rich background in developing public-private partnerships to reduce poverty and improve the economic and social development of disadvantaged populations. In one recent example as the past-president and CEO of Partners of the Americas, he developed a partnership with the White House, U.S. Department of State and NAFSA: Association of International Educators to raise $20 million to implement President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative to provide access to higher education in the hemisphere. Over the past two decades, he has raised over $100 million from major foundations, corporations and individuals for the non-profits he managed.