Rebecca Archibald, President
Upper Stewiacke, NS
Rebecca was born and raised on a small beef farm In Upper Stewiacke. As a member of the Stewiacke Valley 4-H program from age 7-21, Rebecca kept busy with both livestock and life skills projects. Rebecca graduated with her Degree in Agricultural Business, minor in Animal Science from the Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture in 2014.
Since then, she has worked full time for Truro Agromart in Onslow doing Customer Relations, Sales Support and Logistics of crop inputs specializing in fertilizer, seed, crop protectants, and crop advising.
In 2017, Rebecca and her husband Alex purchased her grandparents’ 4 generation dairy farm in Upper Stewiacke. They milk about 35 Holstein cows in a tie-stall barn, while growing a mix of grasses, alfalfa, and corn silage on about 75 acres. Rebecca and Alex enjoy showing their cattle each summer at the local fairs.
Additionally, Rebecca participates in agricultural organizations such as Nova Scotia Young Farmers, the Dalhousie Agricultural Students’ Association, and the Central Nova Holstein Club. She is excited about the agriculture and food industry, and absolutely loves gathering with friends and family around good food. She also enjoys decorating cakes as a little side business!
Jonathan Waugh, Vice President
New Town, NS
Jonathan is a dairy farmer from New Town, Guysborough County where they milk 200 Holsteins and crop 800 acres of land.
His family farming operation, Archibald Dairy Inc was established in 1942 and is currently being run by Jonathan, his wife Melanie and his uncle Dale. With their great staff they aim to produce the highest quality of milk while providing top animal welfare.
They also own and operate Premiere Nutrient Inc which is a custom drag line manure injection business that travels to farms to efficiently and effectively get manure into the soil.
As a child he not only spent time on the dairy farm but was also a very involved member in his local 4-H club where he participated in Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Goat and Woodworking.
Through the years he worked on multiple dairy farms throughout NS and NFLD to gain experience as well as learning different methods of farming.
In 2017 Jonathan received his Diploma in Dairy Business Management from Dalhousie’s Agricultural Campus and returned to the family farm.
Jillian Sogorka , Corporate Secretary & Treasurer
Jillian grew up on her family’s dairy farm in the Annapolis Valley, with her agricultural roots she decided to attend Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences majoring in Agricultural Business and double minoring in Agricultural Economics and Plant Science. After graduating from university, Jillian traveled to New Zealand to work on a dairy farm that milked 540 cows, she did this for five months and explored the country on her days off! Following her time abroad, Jillian settled back on her family’s dairy farm where they milk 110 cows, and has plans to eventually own the farm alongside her older brother.
Mandy Vosman, Eastern Region
Mandy was born and raised on a dairy farm in Milford Station. She obtained her Bachelor of Science, majoring in Environmental Sciences in 2010 from Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture. After her undergraduate degree she worked at DAL-AC for 4 years in recruitment, meeting prospective students and families coming from all parts of the world. Mandy really enjoyed her time in this role, but after getting married, she moved to Antigonish to begin the next stage of her career.
After working at St.FX. for a short period, she missed working in agriculture and jumped at the opportunity to complete her M.Sc. working with AAFC and StFX. This project allowed her to expand her knowledge in soil health and the intricacies of environmental influences with different soil management. All beneficial to the financial and environmental soundness of their business which they have been running since 2016.
Mandy and Will operate the 66-year-old family dairy business and are continually improving and updating the farm for the next generation. They have two young daughters, Hayden and Mira, who they hope will learn to love agriculture as much as they do!
Mandy enjoys serving as a Director in the Eastern Region.
Megan McCully, Central Region
Great Village, NS
Megan was the first in her family to start on an agricultural path in 2011 when she started at the NSAC with an interest in science. That same year, she met her partner Jonathan Millen, part owner of Millen Farms Ltd. After her first year was complete she applied for several summer student jobs on campus and got hired in the plant science department. Her interest in plant science grew at school and from working on the farm and she graduated in 2015 with a degree in Plant Science from Dalhousie Agricultural Campus. In 2016 she started full time at Truro Agromart Ltd. as a sales representative.
In her spare time Megan enjoys playing hockey and spending time with family and friends. In the summer she sells strawberries and blueberries for Millen Farms at the Halifax Seaport Farmers market every Saturday with her step-son Adam. Along with having Adam half the time, Megan and Jonathan have a daughter named Addison together and live in Great Village. Her life is surrounded by agriculture at work and at home where she helps out at the farm any time she can. Megan is excited to be a part of the Nova Scotia Young Farmers board as of 2020!
Allan Melvin, Western Region
Allan Melvin actively farms on his family’s 6th generation vegetable farm in Pereaux, Kings County. After studying Business Administration at Acadia University, Allan obtained his Chartered Accountants designation and worked across Canada and Internationally before settling back to rural Nova Scotia, where he resides with his wife Heather and two sons Ryker and Arlo.
In addition to working on the family farm, Allan also works at Bishop and Company Chartered Professional Accountants, where he provides accounting and advisory services with a focus on Agriculture based clients. Allan splits his time between these two roles, which allow him to support the agriculture industry in many ways.
Allan is the 1st Vice President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, currently serves as Past President on the Kings County Federation of Agriculture board, and is a board member on the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council. Allan has also earned a certificate from Texas A&M for his participation in The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP).
Alana Bent , Member at Large
Alana was born and raised on a dairy farm in the Annapolis Valley. Alana graduted from the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus with a Bachelor of Agriculture Sciences majoring in Plant Science in 2017. She now works for the Truro Agromart as a Sales Representative and continues to help out on the family farm.
Alana has been involved in her local 4-H program for over 10 years, and is excited to continue her work on the board of Nova Scotia Young Farmers. Her goals for NSYF include bringing more awareness to the group and having a more active membership, especially in the Valley region.
Nichole van Dyk, CYFF Representative – NS/NFLD
Nichole Van Dyk is a third generation member of the Van Dyk Blueberry family of businesses. Van Dyk Blueberries of Caledonia, NS grows and processes wild blueberries and related value added products. In 1996 the company built its first processing facility and began producing blueberry juice in 2001. The Van Dyk group of business includes two companies that are family owned by a combination of her father, aunts and uncles. The third company is owned by a mixture of family and non-family shareholders.
Nichole is a 2018 Dalhouse University graduate with a BSc in Agricultural Business. In 2015 she started raising bees and is now at 200 hives supporting the blueberry production side of the business with hopes to continue growing this division. Nichole is the only third generation Van Dyk in the business and is working closely with her father in developing her managerial skills in preparation for the future day when she will enter the business as an owner.