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 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 Davidson - 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 Caverley - 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.
Sebastian Silva – Director - Sebastian is a business consultant with a masters degree in law and a passion for food security issues. He particularly enjoys learning about agriculture and ecology from the FLT's many knowledgeable members and supporting the organizations' educational mandate. He is working with the FLT and its supporters to preserve farmland for future generations so that little ones like his daughter can continue to have the same opportunities to buy and eat local food. He is grateful to be living in such a beautiful place and on weekends can be found shopping at the various farms and markets scattered across Greater Victoria.
Tom Hobby- Director -
Tom Hobby is a Professional Agrologist who has been involved in agriculture since his youth and holds Masters Degrees in agriculture, economics, and an agribusiness MBA. Tom has worked in agriculture as a farmer-rancher, commercial farm lender, and a high school vocational agriculture teacher over his career. Currently, Tom works as an agriculture, forestry, and bioenergy consultant, and is developing a new forestry-related software company. As an academic and as a consultant, Tom has written about non-timber forest resources with emphases on agro-forestry and forest farming, grazing and property rights related to the development of ecological goods and services, and forest fuel management (wildfire hazard) issues within BC. Wearing all these hats, Tom really is a “Hobby farmer” and in his spare time with three small children, he is limited at the present time to farming a home fruit and vegetable garden, a small Christmas tree farm and is looking forward to being involved with his kids 4-H, livestock projects for the local fairs.
Tom’s passion for environmental stewardship principles has been a key value in his academic research, consulting, and is a driving reason for his volunteer work with the Farmlands Trust Society. Tom comes to the FLT Board with experience as a “Growing Forward” Farm Advisory Services Business Advisor, which helps young and beginning farmers develop farm business plans. Tom’s training and experience spans production economics, financial management, marketing and farm management. Tom serves on the FLT Farmland Management Committee.
R. 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, Jane Allison
Special Advisor - Don Caverley, Barbara Souther (Past Chair/Founder)
Committee Member - Ian Paul
Members-at-Large - Janet Cram and Kathi English