Allan Melvin, President
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, 1st 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, 2nd Vice
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.
Bert Meyer, Corporate Secretary & Treasurer
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matthew Roy owns and operates Coastal Grove Farm in Upper Port La Tour. For over 25 years, Matthew has been farming. Whether it was with livestock, hay, vegetables, or novelty crops. Over the years he has farmed conventionally, no-till, biodynamically, and organically, and has also practiced permaculture. Matthew holds a degree in Ecological Agriculture as well as a certificate in Permaculture Design. Additionally, Matthew recently completed his journeyman certification and is now one of the first Farm Technicians in Nova Scotia to train future apprentices.
Matthew currently sits on the boards for Greenhouse Nova Scotia, Organics Nova Scotia, and the Yarmouth Shelburne Federation of Agriculture. When it comes to his current involvement with the NSFA, Matthew sits on the Policy Advisory Committee and the Ag Sector and Human Resources Advisory Committee.
Catherine Manning grew up on a dairy farm in Pictou County. After graduating for the NSAC with a B.Sc. Agriculture, Catherine and her husband Dean pursued farming while holding down jobs in the agriculture industry. Together they operate Manning Family Farm, a mixed farm of beef and vegetables in Falmouth.
Over the years Catherine has been involved in a number of organizations, boards, and committees. An avid 4-H volunteer, she has also sat on the boards for 4-H Nova Scotia, Avon Chamber of Commerce, Greenhouse Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Angus Association and the Maritime Angus Association.
Harry Van der Linden
Harry Van der Linden operates Lindenright Holsteins with his family just outside Antigonish, in Brierly Brook. Harry has always been involved in agricultural organizations, most recently with Holstein Canada. Spending nine years on the board for Holstein Canada, three of which were on the executive, and one as past president.
With him, Harry brings lifelong experience on local, provincial, and national boards.
Growing up in Weymouth, Jacob Mullen’s father raised a variety of livestock over the years which is when his passion for farming all began. Jacob and his wife Colette have been farming for 18 years. In 2002 they began farming with 1 cow/calf and 5 chickens, from there they have raised various numbers of broiler birds, laying hens, pigs, cattle and goats. For several years the pair raised hundreds of bob calves – some of which went for veal and others went for beef. Currently they have 30 heard of cattle along with pigs and chickens. They now specialize in direct marketing along with their 3 little future farmers; Emma, Chelsea and Tyler.
Tim Marsh, Past 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.