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.
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 grandson and new granddaughter live on a recently acquired expansion (now 6 generations).
Janice has held various volunteer positions over the years and is currently a director of the Western Kings Memorial Health Society and a member of the Women’s Institutes of Nova Scotia.
Janice works full time at the home business. She enjoys travel, the outdoors, being physically active and riding motor bikes with her husband.
Since retiring from AAFC he has served as advisor and recently as Chair of FarmWorks Investment Cooperative, a Community Economic Development Investment Fund (CEDIF) created in 2011 to promote and provide financial resources to food and agriculture businesses throughout Nova Scotia.
Peter is active in the cooperative movement in the Annapolis Valley having served on the board of Valley Credit Union and chaired VCU’s Audit, and Social and Environmental Responsibility Committees. He also volunteers with several community organizations including Friends of the Kentville Ravine, Black Rock Trails Society and, through 2014, the Out of the Cold Emergency Shelter. Peter is married with one daughter, living and working in Halifax. He enjoys sailing, bicycling and medium-distance running, not necessarily in that order!
Marilyn has been a long time advocate for the protection of farmland and has been a long standing member of NoFarmsNoFood. She actively participates in land use issues at the municipal level as well as at the provincial level ever hoping that policies will be reframed to better preserve and protect our existing and future farm land; to support existing farms so that they can thrive and prosper; and, to help young farmers gain access to affordable farmland through transition programs.
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.
She is concerned about all things environmental including the need for a healthy and sustainable future, hence, her interest in farmland protection.
Andy and his family now operate CAP Farms Inc, an apple farm in Grafton, Nova Scotia. This farm was started by Andy and Gail in the 1980’s, and was managed by Gail until Andy’s retirement in 2007.
Andy is a past president of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association and joined the Board of the Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust in 2017.