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.