Agri-Futures Nova Scotia is led by a 10 member Board of Directors who farm or work directly in agriculture! The directors represent different agricultural sectors and backgrounds:
Animal Industry- 3 directors
Plant Industry- 2 directors
Agri-Business- 2 directors
Farm Organizations- 3 directors.
At least one director is recognized as a Young Farmer, under the age of 35 (at the time of election).
2017-2018 Board of Directors:
Richard Melvin- Chair
John Tilley- Vice Chair
Lynn Marie Mattie
Chris Van den Heuvel
Richard Melvin- Chair-Federation of Agriculture: Richard is President and co-owner of Melvin Farms Limited a fifth-generation family farm located in the Annapolis Valley. The farm focuses on production of fresh vegetables which are sold primarily throughout Atlantic Canada. He is a graduate of NSAC and was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship on which he studied vegetable production and marketing as well as agricultural policy in the European Union. Richard has served on the boards of numerous agriculture and community organizations such as Feed Nova Scotia, Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship, Horticulture NS, Farmworks Investment Co-op, Annapolis Valley Land Trust and Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.
John Tilley- Vice Chair– Animal Industry: Owner of Churchside family farm Middle Musquodoboit since 1970. Specialize in backgrounded feeders, marketed through the Quebec auction system. John has served the industry on many organizations including, Nova Scotia Cattle Producers, Canadian cattle Identification Agency, ACMA, BCRC, and the Maritime Beef Council and is currently the Vice Chair Agri-Futures.
Dennis Boudreau- Animal Industry: Dennis and his brother, Stanley, operate their family farm in Concession, Digby Co. They raised beef & pork (until the collapse of 2007) and mink since 2008. He has been involved in many farm organizations including the Federation of Agriculture (Digby Co., Nova Scotia & Canadian), Pork Nova Scotia, Canadian Pork Council & the National Program Advisory Committee. His involvement with Agri-Futures Nova Scotia has been a great experience working to make farming in NS a better experience for all.
Chris van den Heuvel–Federation of Agriculture: Chris grew up on dairy farm in Skye Glen. Along with his wife Karen, they are partnered with their son Jordan on their 4th generation dairy farm (Fireblade Holsteins Ltd.) in Port Hood, Cape Breton. Milking 60 cows they grow their own grass silage, corn silage and barley for feed. They enjoy the farm life and the challenges that raising cattle brings. Chris and Karen also have 3 daughters; Riley, Kira and Anja who are all involved with 4-H, sports and the farm. In addition to the farm, Chris owns and operates a software development business and is involved with developing applications, databases and websites for agri-based businesses and the medical industry. Chris is the out-going president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture and looks forward to serving you on the Agri-Futures board of directors.
Lynn Marie Mattie- Agri-Business: Lynn-Marie Mattie grew up on a mixed farm in Tracadie, NS. She currently works as the Director of Finance for Blueline New Holland Limited and is an Agri-business rep on the board of Agri-Futures. Previously she worked as the Accounting and Data Manager for Agri-Futures.
Shauna Angevine- Agri-Business: Shauna, her husband, Ryan and their three children own and operate Pitchers Creek Farm; a one-hundred-and-thirty-acre beef and woodlot operation in Antigonish Co.
John Duynisveld- Plant Industry: John Duynisveld and his family, own and manage Holdanca Farms producing pasture-raised free-range meat and eggs. As both a career farmer and scientist, John puts his dedication and scientific research to the task of supplying his customers with meats that are healthy, delicious, and ethically produced. Winner of the 1999 Governor General Award, for his academic achievements in environmental research, John is committed to responsible stewardship.
Shannon Jones- Federation of Agriculture & Young Farmer: Shannon Jones is an organic farmer at Broadfork Farm in River Hebert, which she runs with her partner Bryan. They grow a diversity of vegetables, cut flowers, herbs, and seed crops which they sell directly to farmers’ market customers and restaurant chefs .
Sarah Fisher- Agri-Business: Sarah Fisher is co-owner/operator of Off Beet Farm in Cow Bay, Nova Scotia. Off Beet Farm sells year-round at the Alderney Landing Farmers Market in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Seasonally they produce a variety of salad greens, mixed vegetables, and mushrooms. Year round they produce a line of fermented vegetables made from predominately Nova Scotia grown produce. Sarah has a background in graphic design and continues to work in that field when not farming or producing fermented foods.
Angus Ells-Plant Industry: For the past 19 years Angus has been manager of carrot operations for Bragg Lumber Company – the Canadian farming division of the Oxford Food Group. He is also involved in wild blueberry farming and woodlands management at Bragg Lumber and onion procurement for Oxford Frozen Food’s Appetizer division. Angus currently chairs the Scotia Horticultural Congress committee and is a member of the research committee at Horticulture Nova Scotia. He is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Agriculture. Angus resides in Sheffield Mills with his wife Nova Keddy.