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.

Director – Nicolas Roy [President] Chair

Director – Larry Weatherby Jr. [Vice-President]

Director – Sarah Greeno [Secretary]

Director – Rebecca O’Connell [Treasurer]

Director – Alana Bent [Western Region]

Director – Jonathan Waugh [Central Region]

Director – Amanda Vosman [Eastern Region]

Philip Keddy [Past President]

 

 

President (Chair) – Nicolas Roy

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Nicolas graduated from NSAC in 2006 with BSc. (Agri) Business Major & Animal Science Minor. Immediatly following he worked for 2 years on the family farm, before moving on to work in agricultural construction, Valacta doing milk recording on dairy farms across NS and parts of NB, Contracting as a custom operator in crop planting, forage harvesting, blueberry harvester operator, farm management relief and snow grooming. His focus then moved to agricultural service and robotics in dairy and vegetable commodities. His experience focused as a Robotic Milking System Analyst & Robotic Specialist in DeLaval and Lely 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
902-691-2220
nrcroy@gmail.com

 

Vice-President – Larry Weatherby Jr.

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Larry

 

 

 

 

Truro, NS
902-986-9862
larryweatherbyjr@hotmail.com

 

Secretary – Sarah Greeno

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Sarah

 

 

 

 

Nappan, NS
902-694-9112
sarahm545@hotmail.com

 

Treasurer – Rebecca O’Connell

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Rebecca grew up on a small beef farm in the Stewiacke Valley, where she was also involved in the 4-H
program from age 7 thru 21. Through 4-H, Rebecca completed projects including foods, photography,
goat, beef, dairy, poultry, market turkey, and Jr Leader. Rebecca held executive positions in her club,
and during her Sr years, participated in various Club and County level committees, and took advantage
of several travel and scholarship opportunities through the program.
Rebecca received a B.Sc(Agr) Business and minor in Animal Science from Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture
in 2104. In her time at the AC, Rebecca played on the women’s basketball team, sat on Fraser House
Council, and was a VP on the Students’ Association, helping organize student activities and enhance the
student community on campus.
Since graduation, Rebecca has worked full-time at Truro Agromart Limited in sales support, receivables,
communications and marketing. At the Agromart, Rebecca and her co-workers (most of whom have
farm businesses of their own at home) supply crop inputs and agronomic services to producers all over
NS and NL, from berry growers to dairy farmers.
In January 2017, Rebecca and her partner Alex Archibald purchased her grandparents’ dairy farm under
the DFNS New Entrant Program and moved back home to the Stewiacke Valley. Alex works on the farm,
Valleyside Holsteins Ltd., full-time. Rebecca, 5 th generation on the farm, and Alex milk about 40 (mostly)
purebred Holsteins in the original tie-stall barn that was first constructed in 1940. Rebecca & Alex like to
show a few cattle at the Halifax County Exhibition each year.
Between work and farming, Rebecca enjoys being involved in the greater agriculture industry. She
remains connected to the AC campus as a Director on the Students’ Association Board, sits on the Ag
Awareness Committee as the DFNS representative, sits as a Director on the Central Nova Holstein Club,
and now most recently a Director on the NS Young Farmers board. She is very passionate about
agriculture as a whole and takes any chance she can to help educate consumers, and also learn from
them and fellow farmers!

 

Upper Stewiacke, NS
902-956-2799
rebecca.oconnell92@gmail.com

 

Western Region – Alana Bent

Hi, my name is Alana Bent and I’m from a dairy farm in the Annapolis Valley. I’m 23 years old and just completed a bachelor of agricultural sciences with a major in Plant sciences. I currently work for the Truro Agromart as a sales representative as well as helping my family on the farm. I have been involved in my local 4-H program for over 10 years. I’m really excited to be a part of the Nova Scotia young farmers, it will be my first year as a member and a director. My goals are to bring more awareness to the group and have a more active membership especially from the Valley region.

 

 

 

Middleton, NS
902-
abent@truroagromart.ca

 

 

Central Region – Jonathan Waugh

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My name’s Jonathan Waugh and I’m a dairy farmer from Nova Scotia. We milk 175 Holsteins and crop 800 acres. I graduated from the Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture in 2017 earning my Diploma in Business Management, specializing in Dairy Farming. This is my second year being involved in the NSYF organization and first year being a member of the board.

 

 

 

Antigonish, NS
902-956-9623
jonathan_archdairy@hotmail.com

 

Eastern Region – Amanda Vosman

Following her parents footsteps, Mandy graduated from NSAC in 2010 with a B.Sc. (Agr.) majoring in Environmental Sciences. Growing up on a dairy farm ingrained agriculture in her DNA, making the university (now Dal-AC) an obvious choice. Following graduation Mandy worked in agri-research before returning to the AC for a few years in student recruitment. She enjoyed working with the “future in agriculture” but decided to return to school to pursue further studies. She now is currently finishing up her M.Sc.with a focus on reducing N losses from agro-ecosystems at St.F.X. Mandy and her husband Will own and operate Trivee Farms in Antigonish. They both have a strong passion for the industry and feel very fortunate to raise their family on their dairy farm.

 

 

 

Antigonish, NS
902-
triveefarms@outlook.com

 

Past President – Philip Keddy

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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
902-538-0474
brandywinenursery@hotmail.com

 

 

 

NSYF Contact

Nova Scotia Young Farmers’

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

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

Email: nsyoungfarmers@gmail.com