The Langley Sustainable Agriculture Foundation (LSAF) is a non-profit organization founded by nine local volunteers in 2011. Through workshops, we bring together farmers, academics, government officials, and other passionate individuals to strengthen food and farming in the Township of Langley and neighbouring communities.
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Nomination for Director
There are many issues surrounding agriculture in the Lower Mainland, including climate change, environmental impact, and food security, as well as public health, social and economic impacts.The Foundation is planning to undertake several initiatives to address these issues in Langley, but in order to make this happen, we are looking to expand our board with several more energetic, creative thinkers who have the passion and skills to take us to the next level.
Does this sound like you? Click here for our Nomination form.
Charles first became involved with LSAF in 2015 and became a director in 2016. His involvement with sustainable agriculture began in 2010 when he enrolled in the inaugural year of the Sustainable Agriculture Program at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Richmond Farm School. Upon graduation he started his own small scale farming operation in Richmond, B.C., and was a founding member of the FarmCity Co-op. In 2012 he moved to Langley to have more room to grow flowers, vegetables and garlic. Prior to his involvement with farming, Charles worked as an accountant for the federal government. Charles is passionate about the environment and growing food and flowers sustainably.
Gary has been a faculty member and Co-Chair of the School of Horticulture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University since moving to Canada umpteen moons ago. During that time, he helped found the Langley Community Farmers’ Market Society and has worked with a number of local schools on developing school gardens. He is an external advisor to the BC Greenhouse Growers Association and writes a monthly column for trade magazine ‘Greenhouse Canada’, and has recently been part of a working group to investigate a Langley Food Hub.
Brenda is a Landscape Designer who managed a commercial nursery for many years. When she moved to Langley, she established a market garden. She promotes farmers' markets as well as the Food To Table movement. Brenda was a Founding Director and Manager of the Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Farm, during which time she focussed on training and mentoring youth. She has been a volunteer with the Township of Langley Agricultural and Economic Enhancement Advisory Committee. She believes we must encourage and support young farmers and sustainable local community-based agriculture.
Melisa grew up on a sheep and horse hobby farm in Langley. She has an Environmental Engineering degree from UBC and works in environmental consulting. She has a passion for agriculture joining LSAF last year and a member of the Township of Langley's Agricultural Advisory Committee for 2 years and now on the newly created Agricultural Advisory and Economic Enhancement Committee. She is an avid equestrian growing up as a member of the Canadian Pony Club and now competing in Dressage.
Previous to being elected Mayor of the Township of Langley in 1993, John served as a Councillor for seven years. During his time in office, he worked alongside staff to strengthen farming through multiple initiatives including the development of the Rural Plan and a Farm Gate Program. John has been involved in the wholesale nursery industry and helped to create guidelines for greenhouse development in the Township. He has been a Director with LSAF since 2010 and continues to advocate for farmers and the agricultural industry.
A founding director of LSAF, Carol is Secretary of the Board. Her career spans technical writing, public relations, marketing, and continuous improvement for a variety of employers including Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, the University of British Columbia, and international food processing companies. Her community involvement includes several terms on the Agricultural Land Commission and participation on the Township of Langley’s Agriculture and Economic Enhancement, and Culture, Parks and Recreation Committees. Now retired, she is an urban gardener and is committed to furthering social, environmental and economic strategies that ensure local food supply, food and water self-sufficiency for Canadians, and faultless food safety.
Nancy Clark joined LSAF in 2016 and previously served four years on the Township of Langley Agricultural Advisory Committee. Nancy has a BSc in Agriculture from UBC and previously worked in financial planning and agricultural lending. Nancy has a small farm in South Langley where she grows squash, apples and other fruits and veggies. She is committed to food self reliance in British Columbia, the preservation of the agricultural land, and to enhancing biodiversity.
Ava Reeve is the Agriculture Program Coordinator with Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS), an organization that works to protect and restore the area’s watersheds in partnership with rural landowners. Ava’s projects include food education, gleaning, community gardening, and manure management education, and she sits on the Langley Community Farmers Market board of directors. She studied sustainable community development in UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and strives to promote farming and food security in Langley.
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