Kathryn Enders: Executive Director
Kathryn Enders is the Executive Director of the Ontario Farmland Trust. She completed a Masters of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo and a Certificate in Management and Leadership at Laurier University. Prior to her role at the Trust, she spent eight years working for Green Venture in Hamilton, a not-for-profit organization that teaches others how to live more sustainably every day. She has volunteered as a board member for both Community CarShare and Green Communities Canada. She believes protecting farmland is one of the most important and pressing environmental issues of our time, and she is excited to be part of this movement.
Krista Long: Program Manager
Krista is a Program Manager at the Ontario Farmland Trust. She has a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture (BLA) from the University of Guelph, and a Masters of Environmental Design (MEDes) from the University of Calgary. Krista has worked with a number of local food organizations, including the Canadian Organic Growers and the Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable, where she led research projects on the viability of local food systems. Krista has been working with the OFT since July 2014. As Program Manager, she leads projects to help expand farmland protection across Ontario and communicate about the importance of protecting our agricultural land in Ontario. Having grown up in a rural community she knows the value of protecting farmland for the viability of a local food system.
Emma Jane Woods: Farmland Ecology Intern
Emma Jane is a Farmland Ecology Intern at the Ontario Farmland Trust. She recently completed her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (BScH) at Trent University where she also took a special interest in natural biology and ecology. She grew up on a farm in Southwestern Ontario and loves all types of agriculture. In this role she is excited to be able to combine her passion for farming with her love of nature in a way that will help protect farmland. She believes that protecting agricultural lands will be crucial in maintaining the health of both the environment and Ontarians in the future.
Heather Reid: Policy and Land Program Assistant
Heather is the Policy and Land Program Assistant at the Ontario Farmland Trust. She recently completed a Master’s in Geography at the University of Guelph, which explored the parallel processes of rural economic diversification and agricultural diversification into agritourism in Essex County, ON. Prior to joining OFT, she was a co-investigator in a project reviewing literature on climate change impacts on agriculture in Ontario and contributed to various food and farm related initiatives in southern Ontario and Newfoundland. She believes that protecting farmland is critical in ensuring the agri-food sector’s viability now and into the future.