Our Annual General Meeting was held on April 7, 2016.
Charlie Keddy, Brian Newcombe, Janice Lutz and Geoff Muttart will each serve another 3-year term on the Board.
Annual Report AVFTS 2015
The board and its committees have committed hours of volunteer time in 2015 and after many years of patiently working towards building a foundation for the AVFTS, I can proudly say we have a signed agreement that protects the Trust’s first piece of farmland in Nova Scotia. This first farmland easement is an important and historic moment for the Trust and as chair of the board I would like to personally thank all the present and past board members, committees, donors and supports for making this possible. These are exciting times for the AVFTS and for preservation of agricultural land.
The land committee was very busy consulting with a numbers of land owners about having their land put in the farmland trust. Our program manager Gary Morton has been busy with the completion of our first easement and meeting with new potential land owners. Gary’s work on our second farmland property is well under way with hopes of completing it by the end of 2016.
The fundraising committee continues working their first campaign to raise enough funds to complete 5-6 easements. The board appeal was very successful raising approximately $60,000 from past and present board members. The second year of the campaign will focus the broader community and businesses.
Communication committee – Our new website was launched in 2015 and should help us communicate and inform the public and our supporters about the land trust’s activities over the coming years. With the completion of our first easement the committee is working on getting the signage development and printed for the property along with a media package.
Brian and Richard have met with the Agricultural Minister twice over the past 2 years and as a result of these meeting a committee was struck to look at how farmland trusts could help with the preservation of farmland in Nova Scotia. Brian and Richard will be the representatives for the AVFTS on this committee, with a draft report due in the spring 2016.
Brian Newcombe, Chair
Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust
9th Generation Farmer
On April 19th, AVFTS was one of three local charities to present to the recently launched “100 Men Who Give a Damn” for a chance to walk away with a $10,000 donation. This group donates money to local registered charities nominated by their members.
Hon. Keith Colwell
On May 28, 2015, AVFT Board Members Richard Melvin and Brian Newcombe met with Nova Scotia’s Minister of Agriculture, Keith Colwell, to further our discussion on how the Province and the Farmland Trust Society can collaborate on the issue of preservation of farmland.
The meeting was very positive. More discussions are planned.
At our Annual General Meeting in April, the membership elected two new directors, David Fuller and Janice Lutz to the Board, and re-elected Richard Melvin who will serve another term.
The Chair would like to thank the retiring directors for their service to the Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust.
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The April Flavours Gala Dinner & Auction will take place on April 30th at 6 pm at the Louis Millet Community Complex in New Minas. The sit-down dinner is being arranged by the April Flavours Committee and Executive Chef Jake Wright and many local Chefs will be preparing delicious food for the guests.
The event is presented by Friends of Agriculture in Nova Scotia (FANS) as a fundraiser to support the educational activities of local agricultural organizations. FANS promotes farmers and food producers and chefs who are contributing to Healthy fields, farms and food for the people and communities of Nova Scotia now and in the future.
The evening will begin with a cocktail hour and viewing of more than $8,000 worth of fabulous new live and silent auction items including tours, accommodations, dinners, lawn mowers, home décor and many 75 additional items. Guests can use their complimentary drink ticket to sample local wine, beer and other beverages at the Lion’s Club bar while enjoying finger food appetizers created by local providers featuring local ingredients.
The dinner will start with our signature “April Flavours Salad” created by Sue Carroll of Paddy’s Pub. It is a blend of local seasonal greens, mushrooms, cheese, nuts and berries with a dressing featuring locally made oils, vinegars, and herbs. The main course will consist of Meadowbrook Honey Ham, a medley of local roasted root vegetables and other local foods. On each table will be a selection of fresh local tomatoes, cucumbers, preserves and local breads. The dessert buffet will feature more delicacies and Just Us! coffee and tea will be served.
During dessert people will want to check on their silent auction bids, and a live auction of many items will bring the evening to a close.
The full menu will be posted on the Shift to Delicious Facebook page and on FarmWorks April Flavours page.
Participating Restaurants and Food Producers to date are listed below – please check out their websites for more information about them.
Live and silent auction
You’ll be able to bid on over 75 items valued from $20 to $500:
- Tours and Travel and Toys for Adults and Kids
- Farm and Lawn and Garden Implements
- Chairs and Benches and Storage Units
- Entertainment Centres and Home Décor
- Fashion and Jewelry
- Dinners and Beverages
- Local Foods