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.
- To increase public education and awareness regarding the importance of agriculture in the communities in and around Langley
- To educate the public on agriculture and farming by providing information, courses, seminars and workshops
- To educate, encourage and support all entrants into agriculture, particularly young farmers
- To better the public’s understanding of existing and emerging agricultural issues
- To encourage and support local food and agricultural production and consumption
- To educate the public on sustainable agricultural and land stewardship practices
- To encourage and support the protection and sustainability of farmland and related resources
OUR CONSTITUTION AND BY LAWS
APPLICATION TO BE A DIRECTOR
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Dave has been a resident of Langley with his wife and son for 40 years. During this time, he has worked as a Professional Agrologist in the Fraser Valley. He is the former owner/operator of a Christmas tree and nursery stock operation in Langley and has been President of LSAF since its formation in 2011.
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.
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.
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.
Renee Blackstone is a freelance journalist with an extensive background in community and daily newspapers. She joined The Province Daily Newspaper as Lifestyles and Food Editor in 1988 and retired in 2008, the year she was appointed to the Township of Langley Agricultural Advisory Committee. She served three terms with the LAAC and joined the Langley Sustainable Agriculture Foundation in 2013. She now writes and edits for various clients and, in her spare time, grows garlic, tomatoes and other vegetables.
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 a joint Environmental Engineering degree from UBC and UNBC and works in environmental consulting. She is an avid equestrian growing up as a member of the Canadian Pony Club and now competes in the discipline of Dressage. She is also the co-chair of the Township of Langley’s Agricultural Advisory and Economic Enhancement Committee.
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.
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.
Karen has worked in the agriculture industry for many years, as a lender with TD and with Farm Credit Canada. She is now teaches food and resource economics at UBC. She has a hobby farm in Langley with her husband and volunteers with the Agricultural Advisory Committee. She is committed to helping farmers establish sound businesses practices.