Victor Oulton, 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 young 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.
Tim Marsh, 1st Vice President
Tim Marsh is a dairy farmer along the dykeland in Poplar Grove. Tim milks 90 Holsteins, has a heard size of around 200 and 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. Tim’s passion for geology and soils is evident – Tim is currently the Chair of Nova Scotia Soils and Crop Association and was also a Nova Scotia Representative on the Soil Conservation Council of Canada. 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 enjoys spending time with family – he and his wife Shelley often take grandkids to search for agate in the Bay of Fundy. Tim has three sons: Tyler is now driving trucks, Peter is at home on the farm, and his son Craig farms on PEI.
Chris deWaal, 2nd Vice President
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.
Allan Melvin grew up on his family’s 5th 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. Currently working at Bishop and Company Chartered Professional Accountants, Allan provides accounting and advisory services with a focus on Agriculture related clients, while on a part time basis, Allan helps out on the farm.
Allan is also the past president and current vice president of the Kings County Federation of Agriculture, and is a member of the Agriculture Advisory Group with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. Allan has also earned a certificate from Texas A&M for his participation in The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP).
Chris van den Heuvel, Past President
Chris van den Heuvel grew up on dairy farm in Skye Glen, NS. Along with his wife Karen, they are partnered with their son Jordan on a 4th generation mixed dairy and beef operation in Port Hood, Cape Breton, NS. Managing 160 head of cattle they grow their own grass silage, corn silage, peas, oats and barley for feed. Chris has recently served 9 years as the President of the Inverness/Victoria Federation of Agriculture, 8th year on the NS Federation of Agriculture (NSFA) executive including a 3-year term as President of the NSFA and is currently the 2nd Vice President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.
At all three levels Chris is actively involved in the creation, oversight and management of agricultural policy.
In addition to his seats on local, provincial and national executives, Chris sits on the National Program Advisory Committee (NPAC) as the federally appointed member for NS. Chris also sits on various local and municipal committees dealing with issues such as energy, land and the local Chamber of Commerce
Josh Oulton grew up in Windsor, Nova Scotia working alongside his grandfather on his beef and layer farm. After attending NSAC he began his career in agriculture. He worked in the dairy industry for a number of years before transitioning to horticulture. In 2004 Josh purchased his 144-acre mixed vegetable farm in Lower Canard, Nova Scotia. Currently he is farming with his partner Patricia Bishop and 40-member farm team, with some making the annual trip from Jamaica . Josh and Patricia have three children Izaak(17), Lily (13) and Frank (12). Josh is currently farming 300 acres consisting of vegetables, fruit, malting barley, pastured livestock and 3 acres of flax fibre. The farm has a 300-member CSA (community share agriculture) and sells products to local farmer markets. Josh was the president of Horticulture Nova Scotia and ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) and is active in the organic farming community. The farm has diversified into flax production to create new products and to provide new opportunities to the agricultural sector.
The farm is in the 4th growing season of flax. This is the first year the farm is producing yarn.
Interested in flax production from seed to shirt, Josh has studied all aspects of growing high-quality flax fibre straw and the processing of the flax into high quality linen for cloths. Also, Josh and Patrica were selected as Outstanding young farmers in the Atlantic region
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 board with the NSFA and has been the President of the Lunenburg Queens Federation of Agriculture since 2003.