The Farmlands Trust (Mount Newton Valley) Society  


Meet The Farmlands Trust


Carol Pickup - third generation Canadian, born in Victoria, retired 1990 as an R.N. at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. Her community service has included trustee of the Vic General Hospital Board and the Greater Victoria School District, Alderman/Councillor of the District of Saanich, and sat on the Capital Regional District Board in a variety of capacities. She has held numerous positions with many organizations: Volunteer Hospice, South Island Health Coalition, The Land Conservancy, Seniors Entitlement Services, and Saanich Peninsula Health Association to name but a few.



Board of Directors

Ed Johnson - Chair - Ed JohnsonEd is a successful self-made businessman whose love of farming dates back to his childhood in California.  He currently lives in Mt. Newton Valley and runs an independent organic farm business from his property. Ed grows a mixture of fruits and vegetables to supply local restaurants and donates a substantial portion of his crop each year to assist in feeding the homeless through Our Place in Victoria. Ed is also the committee chairman for the Farm Management Team.




Glenn DavidsoGlenn Davidsonn -  Treasurer  -  Glenn is a Certified General Accountant who has practiced in Brentwood Bay since 1987.  He is currently treasurer for the board of the Need Crisis Line and volunteers his accounting services to several other charitable organizations including the Peninsula Streams Society, the Pacific Animal Therapy Society and the For the Love of Africa Society.  With two sons pursuing a local career in farming, Glenn is keenly aware of the many agricultural issues of today and brings a broad spectrum of knowledge to our board.



Natasha CNatasha Caverleyaverley - Secretary - Natasha holds a B.A (With Distinction) in Psychology, M.Ed in Counselling Psychology and Ph.D in Organizational Studies from the University of Victoria. Natasha is a Certified Canadian Counsellor (C.C.C) through the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association. Natasha has held research and policy analyst as well as organizational development positions in Aboriginal, non-Aboriginal and public service organizations specializing in community facilitation and troubleshooting, management and organizational behaviour, including policy development, instrument design and analysis, and strategic planning. At present, Dr. Caverley is the President of Turtle Island Consulting Services Inc. located in North Saanich, BC. Natasha is also the Chair of the FLT Governance Committee.


David Clark - Director - David is a retired geologist with an honours bachelor of science in this field.  Educated in India and Scotland with post graduate study in Canada, he has worked in the field in Western Canada and in various assignments in North Africa and Indonesia. David fell in love with Vancouver Island and the Saanich Peninsula when he first set foot here in 1966.  He currently resides in Mt. Newton Valley and brings computer technology and mapping expertise to the Board . As a resident he is concerned that local agricultural production has declined so it now only supports about six percent of the Island’s needs. David is interested in contributing to local food security and creating opportunities for young farmers to enter the profession.


R. Bryan Waller Bryan Waller – Director - Bryan holds both a B.A and LLB. For 22 years, Bryan was a lawyer in private practice. In 1988, he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel (QC). Bryan was an elected Bencher for the Law Society of Alberta for three terms. Now retired, he was appointed as a judge to The Court of Queen’s Bench in 1991. Other notable positions that Bryan has held include, but are not limited to, President of the Calgary Zoo, Board Member for the Alberta Automobile Association, Chair of numerous Law Society and Canadian Bar Association committees, Member of the Legal Aid Task Force, Instructor with the Trial Advocacy Program. He is the recipient of the Legal Humanitarian of the Year Award. For 40 years, Bryan operated a cow/calf and commercial hay operation near Okotoks, Alberta. At present, he is the owner/operator of a small vineyard on Mount Newton Cross Road in Central Saanich.




Community Advisors - Vicky Husband, Sebastian Silva

Special Advisor - Don Caverley, Barbara Souther (Past Chair/Founder)

Members-at-Large - Kathy English




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