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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.