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January 26, 27, and 31 2022

Sustainable Agriculture in NL

The 47th Annual Workshop and General Meeting is taking place as an online series.



Pre-recorded presentations are available here.

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Annual Report



Cedric MacLeod

Cedric MacLeod operates Local Valley Beef, a 105-acre beef farm which provides local, sustainable beef in New Brunswick, as well as his agronomy business, MacLeod Agronomics.

Although he wasn’t raised on a traditional farm, Cedric loved animals from an early age and opted to attend Nova Scotia Agricultural College to take pre-veterinary medicine after graduating from high school. However, his first-year introductory agriculture course set him on a completely different path. After attending a lecture on soil erosion, Cedric realized agronomy was where he needed to be. He set his sights on soil conservation and soil health.

Cedric went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Soil Science from the University of Manitoba, graduating in 2002. After a three-and-a-half-year stint in Ottawa with the Canadian Pork Council, Cedric returned home to New Brunswick, where he established both his farming operation, Local Valley Beef, and his agri-environmental consulting business, MacLeod Agronomics.


As a farmer, agrologist and consultant, Cedric has a unique ability to connect with and engage fellow farmers, bringing enhanced insight and demonstrable relevance to the farming community – showing farmers how they can overcome the vast challenges presented by an ever-changing and increasingly complex sector.

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Carl Duivenvoorden

Carl Duivenvoorden has spoken to over 400 audiences of all sizes, on topics ranging from efficiency to ecology to parliamentary procedure. He brings eloquence, passion, fun and interaction to every speech he delivers. A member of Toastmasters International for over two decades, he has four times achieved Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest educational designation possible. He's a past Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest champion for the Maritimes, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Carl's portfolio includes technical bulletins, marketing materials, speaking notes, magazine articles and commentaries.  He writes a biweekly column in the New Brunswick Telegraph Journal, the Fredericton Daily Gleaner and four weeklies on saving money, energy and the environment.  As well, he's a periodic contributor to The Toastmaster magazine (worldwide circulation 250,000).

Carl has long had an interest in all things efficient.  He helped Efficiency New Brunswick develop some of Canada's most progressive energy-saving programs for homeowners. He's always looking at new procedures, gizmos and gadgets that can help us better use our energy resources – at home, at work and on the road.

Carl also spent 5 incredible years promoting Canadian seed potatoes internationally. He's been to over 25 countries on 6 continents, from Argentina to Zimbabwe. He's pretty well versed on the topic of potatoes – but the biggest benefit of all that travel has been to give Carl a ‘world view’ of what's really important, and a deep appreciation of the riches of Canada and New Brunswick.

Ivan Emke


Ivan Emke was born and raised on a farm in Bruce County, Ontario.  He went on to study and work at a yaffle of Universities, including a stint of a quarter century teaching in a Social and Cultural Studies program at Grenfell Campus of Memorial University.  At Grenfell, he also served in a variety of administrative appointments, including the Facilitator for Internationalization, the Associate Vice-President for Research (twice) and the interim Vice-President.

In terms of research, Ivan has spent a lot of time pondering rural communities, both in Canada and elsewhere (including a focus on Iceland).  He is obsessed with food production and the complexity of modern food systems, as well as the role of community media in social cohesion.   In his spare time, he runs Kitchen Table Communications, that produces “Fit to Eat: the NL Farm and Food Show,” distributes an e-newsletter called “Food Notes,” and generally gets involved in projects that focus on food and rural development.