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Board of Directors

ACORN is a membership-based non-profit incorporated cooperative with a ten member Board of Directors.

Guy Gautreau

Guy Gautreau

NB

Guy is an orchardist living in Memramcook, NB. He is passionate about vibrant community development in Atlantic Canada, and sees the organic food sector as offering opportunities to various aspects of rural economies, including sustainable land-use, innovative employment and healthy eating.

He has been working as a Project Manager with Verger Belliveau Orchard since 2012 where he also manages an organic apple bloc. In 2017 he started establishing his own orchards along with his wife Joanna and son Isaac, Ferme Jolivent Farm, which will specialize in organic pears and other tree fruit. Guy has previously been on the boards of the Fundy Biosphere Reserve, EOS Eco-Energy and La Bikery Co-Operative.

​Theresa Richards

​Theresa Richards

PEI

After having worked for ACORN as a project coordinator for five years, Theresa was the executive director of ACORN from 2012 until 2017, when she left to pursue farming as a career. She is now a mother, small-scale garlic farmer, and consultant living on Prince Edward Island.

Judy Loo

Judy Loo

PEI

Judy Loo is an organic market gardener at Springwillow Farms Cooperative, Ltd. in Springfield, PEI, who is committed to conservation-minded stewardship of land and resources, and social justice. Springwillow as certified organic in the mid-1990s by Judy’s father, Gerrit Loo and was subsequently farmed organically by her brother Raymond until 2013. As a teen-ager, Judy left the farm to study forestry and subsequently worked and studied in New Brunswick, Oklahoma, British Columbia and Rome, Italy, before returning to the farm in 2017 after a 40-year hiatus. She worked as a tree seed coordinator, tree breeder, research scientist studying conservation of tree genetic resources, professor teaching conservation genetics and international development scientist implementing projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America on conservation and use of tree genetic resources that are valuable to local people. Throughout her career, Judy stayed connected to organic agriculture by joining CSAs, growing her own veggies in backyard gardens and through advocacy.

Rebecca MacInnis

Rebecca MacInnis

NS

Rebecca MacInnis is a first generation farmer and runs Spring Tide Farm. Alongside her sister, she grows mixed vegetables and cut flowers on a small-scale, agroecologically driven, market garden. She grew up, began her farming journey, and now owns a farm in Nova Scotia on unceded Mi’kma’ki. Farming piqued Rebecca’s interest because it simultaneously allowed her to become more self-sufficient, grounded, and community minded. She is grateful to have spent several years working under the guidance of incredible farmers and looks forward to incorporating their knowledge and expertise into the development of her own farm. Strengthening these connections and knowledge-sharing channels throughout the Maritimes is what excites her most about working with ACORN. She draws on past experience in community organizing around social justice issues and current involvement with the National Farmers’ Union and a municipal.

Elizabeth Nason

Elizabeth Nason

NB

Elizabeth and her sister are the second generation of a family owned organic cranberry growing operation, Springbrook Cranberry Inc. Upon returning to NB from university, Elizabeth stepped into the operation’s administrative role. Though, during harvest you will find her donning a pair of chest waders to help get the cranberries out of the field. Springbrook Cranberry regards organic practices as the best approach we have in enhancing the natural environment while still growing food for our communities.

Eva P Rehak

Eva P Rehak

NB

Born in France but grew up in the Greater Toronto Area, Eva graduated as an Agriculture Technician from the University of Guelph. Eva is a pioneer in small scale agriculture in New Brunswick with her business, Alva Farm. She has been farming organically in New Brunswick since 2009 with her partner Alain and their three children Rose, Claire and Jakob. She is proud of growing tons of organic food while using less than 100 liters of gasoline per season. Eva is also co-founder of Organic Corner/Coin Bio, a cooperative of organic farmers in southeastern NB. She has been in various positions on the board of NFU-NB and La Via Campesia, as well as on the board of Slow Food Cocagne Acadie.

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

NL

Mark is the owner and operator of NL Organics Ltd. and the Newfoundland Gourmet Mushroom Company. As a Senior Associate Consultant with Goss Gilroy he also provides both organic agricultural expertise and business guidance. Operating a 9-acre diversified veggie and mushroom farm in Portugal Cove Newfoundland and Labrador takes up most of his time when he’s not playing music or active in politics. He’s served the greater farming and food security community as a board member of Food First NL, ACORN NL, Common Ground Co-op, FEAST, and as NL’s Director to the Organic Federation of Canada. Trained as an IOIA Organic Crop and Processing inspector Mark brings over 38 years of small farm life, culture, and business to the project from Ontario, the UK, USA, and rocky old NL.

Steven Zubalik

Steven Zubalik

NS

After a career working with renewable energy and environmental assessment & modeling, Steve and his life and business partner, Deborah (a native Haligonian), set up shop in Lunenburg, NS. They began roasting coffee as an adjunct to their cafe, but soon dropped the cafe to concentrate on building an organic and Fairtrade certified coffee roasting business. Being a practical kind of guy, Steve gravitated towards farmers’ markets because that was where the best food was to be found. In addition to being a vendor in half a dozen markets over the years, he has served a board member, Vice President and President in different market cooperatives and is a strong proponent of local food production. Steve has always been drawn to the big picture- working with differences in cross-cultural values and perceptions between Native Americans, corporations and government agencies in the Pacific Northwest, and obtaining a MScE in the Social Management of Technology (how technology shapes and is shaped by societal values).

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Desirée Jans

Desirée Jans

Project Manager

Desirée is passionate about organic, both personally and professionally. As a part-time academic with Dalhousie University, she has been teaching on-line organic agriculture courses for almost 20 years.

Desirée grew up on the west coast, has worked as a soil conservation agrologist in Alberta, a research scientist, studying agricultural biologicals, in Saskatchewan and, most recently, as a librarian in Nova Scotia. Desirée enjoys sharing the philosophy and practices of sustainable food production with her students and community and is very excited to be working with ACORN. You can reach Desirée at acornoffice@acornorganic.org.