Author Archive

  • Dr. Bruce Wright – Director

    Dr. Bruce Wright joined the board of FarmWorks in 2014. Bruce has held various Pathology positions over the past 20 years in Halifax and abroad, currently he is working at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. Bruce has a keen interest in viticulture and has been growing grapes since 1981. In 2002 he established the Elmwood Winery Vineyard located in Pinegrove, Lunenburg Co. Bruce has written two books about the Grapes and Wine in Nova Scotia, Wamboldt’s Nova Scotia Grape Growers' Guide, 2006 edition with C. Naugler, and The Tangled Vine: Winegrowing in Nova Scotia with C. Naugler and R. Murray. ...

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  • Valerie VanOosturm – Director

    B Commerce 1997 Saint Mary’s University. For the past 18 years working at Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op in Customer Service & Orders; President of the Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-operative Board during a time a transition. I am interested in being involved in an organization committed to promoting and financially supporting agriculture and a sustainable future for Nova Scotia.  A key to this is providing a local food supply for Nova Scotians.  Born and raised in Grafton, NS on a family farm, we raised beef cattle and grew apples.  ...

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  • Chris Atwood – Director

    Chris has been the Executive Director of the Yarmouth Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) since July 2005. For 6 years prior to this he worked for the South West Shore Development Authority as a Development Officer and was primarily responsible for coordinating the Community Access Program (CAP) and agriculture development initiatives for South Western Nova Scotia. Chris has been involved with a number of international development initiatives and has worked on projects in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Moldova, Thailand, Nigeria, the former Czechoslovakia and Swaziland. Chris graduated from the Nova ...

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  • Aaron Eisses, Director

    I was raised on a dairy farm in Colchester County, Nova Scotia. Growing up on the farm I was taught the lessons of hard work, community, and pulling together to get through hard times, and an understanding of the climate and how changes are affecting the environment. I studied computer science at Dalhousie University. After graduation, I moved to Ottawa and worked for Nortel Networks. At Nortel I became an accomplished problem solver and team player. Unfortunately, while at Nortel, I also experienced the ugly side of business. In 2005 it was ...

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  • Jenny Osburn – Director

    Jenny Osburn found a passion for cooking very early in life. Learning at her mother’s side, she learned to appreciate the delicious flavours of fresh food prepared from scratch and came to head up the kitchen in one of Nova Scotia’s most beloved restaurants. For the past fifteen years, she’s been hard at work promoting Nova Scotia’s spectacular array of locally produced vegetables, meat, bread, cheeses and wine at the Union Street Café, a ...

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  • Dave Oulton – Independent Director

    David Oulton is a Hants County farmer who has been raising purebred beef cattle for many years.  Married to wife, Dianne, they have four children – three sons and daughter Liza, a trader on the stock market in Toronto. They consider themselves blessed that their three sons live in the Kings/Hants area and are active in the farming community, and they are part of the Buy Local Advantage through Oulton Fuels, Oulton Poultry Farm, Fox Hill Developments, Bloom Greenhouse & Garden Centre and Sweetgrass Beef. Dave attended the ...

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  • FarmWorks points to investment fund results

    Patricia Brooks Arenberg, The Chronicle Herald, June 16, 2014 http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/1215336-farmworks-points-to-investment-fund-results Excerpts: "...just some of the more than two dozen jobs FarmWorks loans have helped bring to Nova Scotia from May 2012 to December 2013." “Twenty full-time jobs and six part-time jobs were created as a direct result of the FarmWorks loans over and above the (21 full-time and 14 part-time) jobs held by the business owners themselves,” says a survey released Monday that was conducted on behalf of the co-operative. “We’re pretty happy with the results to have created that many jobs in that short period of time,” Linda Best, co-chair of FarmWorks, said ...

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