ABOUT

About Us

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.

OUR MANDATE

  • 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

APPLICATION TO BE A 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.

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OUR DIRECTORS

David Melnychuk

David Melnychuk

President

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

Ava Reeve

Vice President

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

Nancy Clark

Treasurer

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.
Carol Paulson

Carol Paulson

Secretary

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

Renee Blackstone

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.
Marcel Sachse

Marcel Sachse

 Marcel Sachse grows mixed vegetables for their farm gate stand and CSA at Pinsch of Soil Farm in South Langley. Originally from a farming community in Germany, he worked various jobs in Australia, Papua New Guinea and the USA before coming to Canada. He started out in Political Science, studying international interests in the changing Canadian Arctic. He cherishes the idea of “field to table” menus and is passionate about systems thinking and regenerative Agriculture.

Myles Lamont

Myles Lamont

Having worked in the wildlife management, conservation and zoological sectors for over ten years in a variety of different fashions, Myles has developed a strong interest in wildlife conservation strategies and the development and implementation of creative conservation methodologies. As a wildlife consultant, he has been able to provide clients and partners with creative research objectives and solutions to wildlife programs…

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

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.
Emma Bryce

Emma Bryce

Emma is the Assistant Agriculture Technician at the University of the Fraser Valley. After completing her Bachelors at Kwantlen in 2013, Emma moved to Chilliwack and began her studies at UFV, earning her Certificate in Livestock Production and Diploma in Agriculture Technology. Wile studying at UFV, Emma worked in a range of agricultural fields, including managing a small lavender farm in Abbotsford and milking at a dairy in Rosedale. Emma also owns a small farm in Ryder Lake, where she has raised a variety of animals for meat including pigs, goats, chickens, ducks geese, and turkeys.

John Scholtens

John Scholtens

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.