Peter Eisses

Peter Eisses

Peter is a second generation apple farmer from Centreville, Nova Scotia.

His passion for preserving farm land came while working in New England and seeing the peril of farmland vs development firsthand.

Four years ago Peter, along with his family, moved back to Nova Scotia to reconnect with his roots.

Peter lives in Northville with his wife and four children, seeing the third generation take an interest in farming.

Robin Hennigar

Robin Hennigar

Robin was born and lived his early years in Chester Basin, Nova Scotia. He studied at Acadia University and Technical University of Nova Scotia earning Bachelor and Master of Engineering Degrees in Industrial Engineering and Applied Mathematics.

His working life has included Industrial Engineering and production management with Alcan and INCO in Kingston and Sudbury Ontario. He has worked as a business consultant and advisor in Nova Scotia and with Venture Founders of Boston, Mass. He was a founding partner in Sarsfield Foods Limited and Hicks Financial Solutions as well as an advisor in many new business ventures. He also served as Director of Development at Acadia University. For the last twenty years of his working career Robin was a Financial Planner and Investment Advisor in Nova Scotia with IPC Investment Corporation.

Robin is now retired but has volunteer interests in charitable fundraising in addition to his service on the Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust Board.His hobbies include travel with his wife, golf, Acadia Axeman hockey and time with his three grandsons.

Charles Keddy

Charles grew up in Kings County and graduated from NSAC in 1973. He is a first generation farmer starting in 1977 with a small farm in Grafton, Kings Co.. Charles presently farms in Lakeville, Kings Co. with his wife Doris and son Philip. They operate Charles Keddy Farms Ltd.  and C.O. Keddy Nursery Inc.

He is past President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agricultural, Horticulture Nova Scotia and North American Strawberry Growers Association. Presently he is chairman of Agri Futures Nova Scotia. He was chosen as an Outstanding Young Farmer of Canada in 1992. He received a U.S. EPA award for work on fumigant reduction in relation to ozone layer protection in 1997 and RBC Innovator of the year award in 2012.

As well as son Philip, Charles and Doris have two daughters Treasure and Amber.

Janice Lutz

Janice Lutz

Janice Lutz has worked and lived in the Valley for 30 years.  She graduated from NSAC and has held several positions within the agricultural sector.

She and her husband own an apple and peach farm in Rockland, Kings County.   Their four children are the 5thgeneration on the original farm property.  Janice and Larry continue to expand their tree fruit operation and are pleased that their new grandson lives on a recently acquired expansion (now 6 generations).

Janice has held various volunteer positions over the years and is currently Chairman of the Western Kings Memorial Health Society, a director on the Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture Alumni Association, and a member of the Women’s Institutes of Nova Scotia.

Off the farm Janice is the Operations Manager of the Bezanson and Chase Cranberry Company and is Secretary of the Nova Scotia Cranberry Growers Association and the Canadian Cranberry Growers’ Coalition. She enjoys travel, the outdoors, being physically active and riding motor bikes with her husband.

Richard Melvin

Richard Melvin

Richard is President and co-owner of Melvin Farms Ltd. Melvin Farms is a 5th generation family farm located in the Annapolis Valley near Canning, NS where they specialize in production of fresh vegetables for sale throughout Atlantic Canada.

Richard graduated from NSAC with a diploma in Agricultural Engineering in 1975. In 1983 he was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship during which he studied Vegetable Production and Marketing as well as agricultural policy in Europe.

Richard has served as a director of Acadia Centre for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Feed Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Potato Marketing Board. As well he has served as President of the Nova Scotia Vegetable & Potato Producers Association, Kings County Federation of Agriculture, Horticulture Nova Scotia, Kings Produce Limited, Kings Processing Limited and Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. He is currently Chairperson of the Nova Scotia Food Policy Council and Farm Works Investment Cooperative.

Richard and his wife Jacqueline have three children, a son and two daughters. They are all in Halifax. Allan and Rebekah are employed as Chartered Accountants and Mishelle is employed as a Hairstylist.

Geoff Muttart

Geoff Muttart

Geoff Muttart is the Senior Lawyer with muttarts law firm.  He is a native of Kings County, Nova Scotia, and has practiced law in Kentville since 1995.  In addition to his law degree, he has specialized training in environmental law and related legislation.  Geoff provides legal solutions to Municipal Governments, Farms, Businesses and Individuals. He has a comprehensive practice with extensive experience in Municipal Law, Planning and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law, Agricultural Law, Business Law, Estates and Estate Planning Law.

Geoff is very involved in community affairs. He is currently Secretary of the Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust Society, a Director of the Real Estate Lawyers Association of Nova Scotia, and a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Real Estate Standards Committee.  He is a Past-Chairperson of the Kings Regional Development Agency, a Past-President of the Kings County Barristers’ Society, and a former Officer of Kentville Development Corporation Limited, the British Automobile Touring Association of Nova Scotia, and Eastern Kings Chamber of Commerce. He belongs to various subsections of the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia Branch.

He lives in Kentville with his wife and children.

Brian Newcombe

Brian Newcombe

Brian is a partner in Cornwallis Farms Ltd. located in Port Williams, Kings County. He is the ninth generation to farm on the original farmstead which was first settled in 1761.

Cornwallis Farms is a mixed operation consisting of dairy, layers, broiler chickens, and cash crops. He and his wife Edna were named among Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers in 2003.

He is currently a director of Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce, and past President of the Outstanding Young Farmers of Canada. He is also chair of the Annapolis Valley Farms Trust Society and has been involved in Agricultural land policy for many years.

Brian enjoys hockey, golf and camping with his wife Edna and three children Leah, Evan and Ryan.

Matthew Ross

Matt is a chartered accountant and senior manager with Grant Thornton LLP’s Kentville office.  Born and raised in Wolfville, Matt has recently returned home to the Annapolis Valley after ten years in British Columbia.  Matt specializes in providing tax, estate and succession planning services to a wide range of private businesses, with a focus on those in the agricultural sector.

Matt and his wife reside in Port Williams with their two children.

Christina Swetnam

Christina Swetnam

Christina Swetnam grew up in rural Prince Edward Island, and Graduated with a B Sc. in Agriculture from the Nova Scotia Agriculture College. She has lived in Sheffield Mills for the past 26 years with her husband Peter Swetnam and together they have 3 children.

Christina has worked for ACA Co-operative Ltd. and the Atlantic Poultry Research Institute and she is currently employed as Office and Marketing Manager for Wilmar Acres Ltd. and Dominion Produce Ltd.

Christina has dedicates many hours to volunteering and has been one of the co-organizers for Eagle Watch Weekend for the past 13 years. She is the Chair of Smoke-Free Kings, a Director on the Horticulture Nova Scotia Board, a Director of Sheffield Mills Comm. Assoc., and a director on NS Agri-Futures Board and is a new Director of the Annapolis Valley Farm Land Trust Board.

Christina enjoys working with young people through community involvement; she also enjoys reading, spending time with her family and working with horses.

Andy Woolaver

Andy Woolaver

Andrew grew up on a Blomidon farm. He is a BBA graduate of Acadia and has 35 years experience in commercial and agricultural banking.

His volunteer board experience includes:

  • Eastern Kings Chamber of Commerce
  • Windsor Agricultural Society
  • Sam Slick Society
  • Avon Pony Club
  • Nova Scotia Pony Club
  • Family & Childrens’ Services of Hants County
  • Windsor Elms
  • Exhibitions Association of Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Chamber of Commerce
  • Horticulture Nova Scotia Association
  • Society for Keeping Junior Hockey on Ice
  • Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust
  • Scotian Wind Inc
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