Letter to AVFTS Membership

To members and past members of the Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust:

Thank you for your present and past interest in the AVFT. Your support during the development years of the Trust is most appreciated. The AVFT was formed in 2010 and provincial legislation was passed in 2013 allowing the existence of Trusts for the purpose of preserving farmland. Your interest, early in the process, was critical in the establishment of the AVFT and allows the Trust now to work with landowners and donors to preserve valuable agricultural land.

We are pleased to share the news that the AVFT has a parcel of land under easement and a second easement will be finalized this year. The official announcement will be made in the coming weeks, however, we wanted to share this news with you, in advance of the public announcement in appreciation of your support for the AVFT and the goal of preserving farmland in the Annapolis Valley.

Attached is the annual report I presented to the Annual General Meeting last month.

The AVFT has both a website and Facebook page that I encourage you to visit.

If you wish to renew your membership in the Society or become involved please send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Regards,

Brian Newcombe, Chair
Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust

AGM April 7, 2016

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

AVFTS Presents to “100 Men Who Give a Damn”

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.

Meeting with the Agriculture Minister, May 28

Keith Colwell

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.

New Directors Elected at 2015 AGM

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.