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
Amanda Eisses, Director
Amanda Eisses is a cash crop and custom work farmer with her husband, Michael, in Glenholme outside of Truro. Along with looking after the farm accounting, Amanda also is responsible for the agronomy needs of the farm. She is responsible for scouting fields for weeds, insects and diseases and continually tries to improve on current crop growing practices.They started the farm in 2006 with a plot of land purchased from Michael’s father, a retired dairy farmer, at the age of 27. Initially, the farm business focused on custom work for neighbouring farms and grew about 50 acres of crops. The farm has now grown to about 1300 acres and they now grow corn, soybeans, and wheat on top of their custom work.One of the keys to their success has been diversification and not focusing on one or two commodities to spread the risk. In 2013, they invested in a grain center on their farm equipped with a grain dryer and storage capacity to increase their flexibility with their crops.
Amanda and Michael have two young children, Ian and Allison, who love the farm. As the children grow, their responsibility will grow and will learn about farming from the ground up. Amanda is very involved with her children’s school by regularly volunteering and contributing to the community. Agriculture related organizations that Amanda is involved with include Soil and Crop Improvement Association of Nova Scotia, Atlantic Grains Council, Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists, Farm Practices Board and she just recently became a Certified Crop Advisor. As a young farmer, Amanda wants to be a voice for the new generation of farmers in Nova Scotia.
Lauren Park, Director
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, Director
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, CFA Director
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