We believe we can improve the lives of farmers. As a matter of fact, it‘s the sole reason we exist. Because farmers carry an enormous weight, as they are tasked with driving global food security for a rapidly expanding population while shouldering heavy responsibility for the care and well-being of much of the planet’s land, resources and animals. It’s a hard and sometimes thankless job, one that barely 2 percent of all North Americans willingly take on. Because the harsh economic realities associated with farming mean that in many cases, farmers must work full-time off the farm, in addition to running their operation, just to get by. Think about that for a second. Farmers feed your family and then take a second job to feed their own, thanks to soaring input costs and profits that have remained stagnant for decades. For farmers, the challenge is great, overwhelming really. And they can’t do it alone.
FarmOn doesn’t pretend to hold the key to a magic solution, but we move forward with great intention. Our goal is simple, but big: to help farmers create operations that are both environmentally and financially sustainable. Because we strongly believe that agriculture that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable can make a vital contribution in our response to the most urgent challenge of ensuring food security, eradicating hunger and protecting precious resources, all while bettering the lives of farmers.
We are working directly with farmers to provide the support they need in order to produce food successfully and responsibly. Make no mistake, fixing our food system and conserving our planet does not lie entirely with farmers. If you eat, you have a role. Welcome to the cause!
Meet the Team
FarmOn staff and our board of directors are all extremely passionate about agriculture and helping young farmers.
Don’t be shy, we’d love to hear from you if you share our vision for a better future for farmers.
As a founding member of the charitable International FarmOn Foundation, Jackie oversees the organization, programs and strategy, leading the organization forward by facilitating transformative thinking and discussion. Over three decades spent working with youth in agriculture and non-profits brings valuable insight and vision to her role.
An aerospace engineer who was longing for a career change that would leverage his passion for environmental sustainability, Ben quit his engineering job in Halifax in 2009 and moved home to Alberta to marry a farm girl and began his work with the FarmOn Foundation. His newfound passion for telling powerful stories through video has been integral to establishing an organization of impact and contributed to FarmOn’s significant social license.
Sarah has served and participated in several national and provincial initiatives including the National Future Farmers Network by successfully bringing the young farmer voice and perception forward. Her research and efforts to move young farmers to action resulted in the development of a keen knowledge of digital marketing and social media. Her keen mind for business and strategy spurs the team to always think differently.
Shannon’s natural inclination for the communications field earned her a Journalism diploma and an eventual career with post-secondary institutions and non-profit foundations in development and corporate communications. Her passion for all things creative led her to combining her farming and communications background to work with the FarmOn Foundation to produce branding, communication and storyboard scripting for our viral campaigns. Her way with words inspires emotion and passion for those who experience her work.
Christine’s degree in communication and office administration has led her to a career in program management and fund development. Her passion for strong communities and healthy families is an excellent fit for the FarmOn Foundation as 98% of farming operations are family owned. She has developed strong monitoring and evaluation skills and her accounting expertise results in consistently ‘clean’ audits and financial reports. Christine constantly gives of herself for the betterment of her community.