Martin Straathof: Executive Director

Martin is the Executive Director of the Ontario Farmland Trust. Martin comes from a farming background, and most recently worked in agricultural land planning policy at Halton Region. In addition to his experience with fundraising and relationship management, Martin also has experience with other non-profits. Martin is in the process of finishing his Masters degree in Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph. Martin is enthusiastic about using his experiences and expertise to protect Ontario’s farmland!

Emma Jane Woods: Farmland Ecology Coordinator

Emma Jane is the Farmland Ecology Coordinator at the Ontario Farmland Trust. She 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.

Tamara Brown: Events and Community Outreach Assistant

Tamara is the Events and Community Outreach Assistant for the Ontario Farmland Trust. They have a BA from University of British Columbia and a Food Security Certificate from Toronto Metropolitan University. They have worked on vegetable & livestock farms and for non-profits in British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, and Ontario, as well as raising their own sheep. Tamara is passionate about connecting people to the land and their food system, and is excited for the crucial role farmland protection work can play in mitigating climate change and in supporting biodiversity.