The NSYF Board consists of 7 elected members.  Directors are elected bi-annually by the members at the Annual Meeting.  Below is a list of current NSYF Board Members.


Chair- Nicolas Roy


Nicolas graduated from NSAC in 2006 with BSc. (Agri) Business Major & Animal Science Minor, completing his degree project on the HACCP based Canadian Quality Milk (CQM) Program. Following that he worked for 2 years on the family farm, before spending 3 years working in agricultural construction and contracting as a custom operator in crop planting, forage harvesting, blueberry harvester operator, and snow grooming. Since then he has worked for LBJ with the Lely Robotics, Valacta doing milk recording on dairy farms across NS and parts of NB, and is currently employed with Eastern Dairy Services as a Milking System Analyst & Robotic Specialist in DeLaval equipment. Agriculture has been a passion of his throughout his life while spending many years on his family’s dairy, broiler, fruit & feed crop farm in the Annapolis Valley. His involvement with the NSYFF goes back to 2005 while holding a board position since 2013.






Fort Ellis, NS



Vice Chair- Josh Greeno


Josh is born and raised in Cumberland County between Amherst and Pugwash on a dairy/beef operation. Josh attended the NSAC, where he met many of his fellow agriculture enthusiasts as well as other friends in the agricultural field. During his time at the NSAC he became a member of the NSYFF and has since attended three national CYFF AGM. The knowledge absorbed through these organizations, contacts and friends has been very inspiring.




Linden, NS



Past Chair- Philip Keddy


Philip was born and raised on his family farm, Charles Keddy Farms Ltd, started in 1978 by his father who had no agricultural background. Over the years, their farm has diversified into many crops mainly consisting of certified strawberry, raspberry and other types of bare root nursery crops. In 2005, Philip graduated from the NSAC with an Ag Business diploma, and with an urge to learn more, he received an Ag Technologist diploma in Plant Science in 2007. Philip, now back on the farm full time as a farm manager, strives to one day have the honour to take over the family farm. Philip is also the vice chair for the Canada Farm Business Management Council, proud husband of Katie, and proud father of Charlie.



Lakeville, NS



Secretary – Sarah Greeno









Nappan, NS



Eastern Director- John Oostvogels


John Oostvogels grew up on a 50 cow dairy farm in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. After high school he attended NSAC and graduated from the former Diploma in Enterprise Management program, with a specialty in Dairy Farming. Following graduation, John worked on Amberhill farm in Truro the summer of 2009, after which time he returned home to Oostdale Farm to work for his father, John Sr. In 2015, he and his wife Lisa were faced with the unique opportunity to take the reigns of the neighbouring dairy farm. Together the two farms operate separately, yet in tandem with each other milking 120 cows. John is currently in his second year with the NSYFF board.



Antigonish, NS



Central Director- Jessie Swinamer


Jessie is born and raised in a small community called Three Mile Plains located in Hants County. She started out in the Avon 4-H club at the age of 9 years old and is currently in her 12th and last year of the program. Jessie has always been an active 4-H member by attending various county, provincial and Canadian 4-H events and conferences. Favorite past times of Jessie’s include showing in Beef and Dairy Open Shows within Canada throughout the summer and fall months. She currently lives in Truro, NS attending the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus. Jessie is in her 4th year of her BSc. Agriculture Business Major with Plant and Animal Science minors. She keeps herself busy at the AC by playing on the school’s varsity woodsmen team. This is Jessie’s first year being involved in NSYF and she is looking forward to attending all the events and meeting everyone that is involved in this great organization!


Truro, NS



Western Director- Cody Legge









Port Williams, NS


NSYF Contact

60 Research Drive
Perennia Innovation Park
Bible Hill, Nova Scotia
B6L 2R2

Tel: (902) 893-2293
Fax: (902) 893-7063

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