Tim Marsh, President

Tim Marsh is a beef and crop farmer along the dykeland in Poplar Grove. Tim farms 750 acres of land of which almost 300 acres is dyke land. Before taking over the family farm in 2000, Tim graduated from Acadia University and was a Geologist for a gypsum mining company. He currently serves as the NSFA rep for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, and as a CFA representative on the national Land Matters Group Advisory Committee. Tim was one of the original Directors on the Board of Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia and has served as the Chair of Hants County Federation of Agriculture. Tim has three sons: Tyler and Peter who both drive trucks and help out on the farm, and his son Craig farms on PEI.

Allan Melvin, 1st Vice

Allan Melvin actively farms on his family’s 6th generation vegetable farm in Pereaux, Kings County. After studying Business Administration at Acadia University, Allan obtained his Chartered Accountants designation and worked across Canada and Internationally before settling back to rural Nova Scotia, where he resides with his wife Heather and two sons Ryker and Arlo.

In addition to working on the family farm, Allan also works at Bishop and Company Chartered Professional Accountants, where he provides accounting and advisory services with a focus on Agriculture based clients. Allan splits his time between these two roles, which allow him to support the agriculture industry in many ways.

Allan is currently active on the Kings County Federation of Agriculture board, where he is also the Past President and is a board member on the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council. Allan has also earned a certificate from Texas A&M for his participation in The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP).

Alicia King, 2nd Vice

Alicia and her husband Danny operate Six Maples Farm in Antigonish County. Farming as a family, they direct market much of their product and also sell on the commodity markets – providing Alicia with a vast connection to varying levels of Nova Scotia agriculture. Alicia currently sits on the board for the Antigonish/Guysborough County Federation of Agriculture, the national committee for the Verified Beef Plus Program and is active with 4H committees both locally and provincially. In the past, Alicia has been involved with Nova Scotia and Canadian Young Farmers, Nova Scotia Cattle Producers and the Maritime Beef Council.

Alicia is looking forward to promoting and advocating for our industry within Nova Scotia, as well as nationally and internationally.

Jocelyn Durston, Corporate Secretary & Treasurer

Jocelyn owns and operates Seven Acres Farm located in Canning, a small vegetable, cut flower and secondary product producing operation. She relocated to Nova Scotia from British Columbia in 2014 to start building her farm business. The majority of farm sales and activities are within the direct-sales, farmers market community in Nova Scotia. Jocelyn currently serves as President of the Wolfville Farmers’ Market, and has been actively involved in helping shape and launch the market’s online shopping and delivery platform, WFM2Go. She has also been a member of Slow Food Canada and previously sat on the board of the Tantallon Village Farmers’ Market.

In addition to being a small-scale, female farm owner and operator, Jocelyn is still a fairly “new” farmer. She did not grow up on or near farms but her interest in farming grew while she attended university studying food security and environmental sustainability.

Lauren Park

Lauren Park is a first generation farmer who has been working in agriculture for a decade. She is a beekeeper, specializing in queen bee rearing, in the Gaspereau Valley. In addition to her farm, Forest Hill Apiary, Lauren manages the 2000 hive Cosman and Whidden Honey farm specializing in fruit pollination and honey production.

Lauren is active in a cross section of agriculture organizations. Presently a member of the Nova Scotia Young Farmers Forum, Lauren is passionate about ensuring young farmers are educated and have a strong voice in the industry. Lauren is also Past President of the Beekeepers Association of Nova Scotia and has been involved in key initiatives to ensure a sustainable beekeeping industry in the future.

Chris de Waal

Chris is a city kid that married into an agricultural family and now lives the dream he didn’t know he had. Together the family raises 100% grass-fed beef with a focus on soil health and carbon sequestration which is available through their butcher shops in Halifax along with many other producers products. Throughout his years of involvement in the agriculture industry, Chris has been a member of NSFA Council for a number of years, and has served on committees like the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council.

Peter Morine

Peter Morine and his wife Margaret have been farming for nearly 43 years. Together they have a son, Andrew; two stepdaughters, Lisa and Sherry; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Born and raised in Avonport, Peter grew up on a mixed farm and had a 35-year career with Michelin – with 27 years in various maintenance positions and the last 7 years spent in Human Resources. Currently, Peter and Margaret are farming beef, forage and forestry with their son Andrew. Peter has been active in the agriculture industry for many years, he was one of the founding members of Farm Safety Nova Scotia, has sat on numerous committees with the NSFA and has been the President of the Lunenburg Queens Federation of Agriculture since 2003.

Joe Piotti

Joe operates a mixed 200 acre farm/woodlot in Colchester County, managing Belted Galloway grass fed beef cattle, forest raised Berkshire pigs, pasture raised poultry, a certified organic haskap orchard, Christmas tree lot and woodlot.

Before farming, Joe worked in the banking and investment banking industries for over 35 years in New England. Joe’s other agricultural service work includes being past president of the Haskap Growers Association of Nova Scotia (representing farmers in NS, NB and PEI), past chairman of Haskap Canada (representing farmers nationwide) and is currently president of the Haskap Marketing Group (a Co-op consisting of over two dozen farmers throughout the Maritimes).

Joe actively farms with his wife Stephanie, and two young children (Luke & Sadie). The family feels blessed to be improving the land while producing nourishing agricultural products to help feed Nova Scotian families and contributing to food security in the region.

Andy Parker

Andy was raised in Grafton, Kings County and attended Dalhousie University where he met his wife Gail.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, they moved to Alberta where Andy worked in the oil industry.  In 1982, Andy and Gail, and their children Ian and Janet, returned to Nova Scotia where Andy was the Manager of Petroleum Resources in the Provincial government, and later worked with the Canada Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, involved in the regulation of offshore petroleum activities.

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. The farm is currently being transitioned to their daughter Janet and her husband, Eric Chappel.

Andy is a past president of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association and is still active in the organization.

Bert Meyer

Bert grew up in agriculture, as a kid his family had dairy and pigs. As he got older, they switched to dealing dairy heifers and beef cattle. Bert started dealing beef himself at the age of 14. Fast forward to today, Bert and his family operate Hummingbird Farm in Springville. Here they run beef cows and meat goats, and last year they planted 1200 raspberry canes and several fruit trees. For the past several years, Bert has also sold livestock supplies, everything from tags, to dewormers, to aluminum gates. Currently, Bert serves as a director on the Nova Scotia Cattle Producers Board.

Victor Oulton, Past President

Victor Oulton is part of WG Oulton & Sons Ltd located in Martock, Hants County.  The Oulton family has been farming the land for four generations, and all of the current members of the family are involved in the business; Victor, his wife Novadawn and son Wyatt are farming with with his Dad (Mike), Mom, (Dianne) and brother (Wayne, Nicole and their family).  In addition to the Hereford beef cattle, you can find a variety of other animals – sheep, deer, elk, free range poultry, wild boar, kangaroos and a provincially inspected abattoir and poultry processing plant, orchard and woodlot. Victor has served on various agricultural boards over the years and is no stranger to beef show and sales.  At the national level, Victor was the CFA Director for NSFA. Victor’s work on NSFA Committees includes: Agriculture Wildlife Issues Committee, Direct to Market Small Scale Working Group and Deadstock. Victor is also involved in 4H and Past President of the  Canadian Hereford Association, Maritime Hereford Association and the Windsor Agricultural Society.