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!

Joel Enman:
Farmland Conservation Specialist

Joel Enman is the Farmland Conservation Specialist at the Ontario Farmland Trust. He has completed a B.Sc. (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Environment and Sustainability from the University of Western Ontario. He has experience in animal care, land conservation, agriculture and environmental monitoring across the public and private sectors. Joel enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking and gardening. Joel is excited to bring his experience to help expand the protection of agricultural land across Ontario.

Rachel Hopf: Fund Development Manager

Rachel Hopf is the Fund Development Manager at the Ontario Farmland Trust. She received her BA in Sociology from the University of Guelph and since then has worked in the charitable sector spanning roles in administration, fund development, event coordination, marketing, and community engagement. Rachel grew up in the countryside spending time in the woods, fishing, camping, and in 4H. She enjoys gardening, hiking, and volunteering at a folk music festival. Rachel is keen to use her experience to make a difference supporting OFT’s mission to protect farmland for future generations.

Tamara Brown: Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator

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Tamara is the Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator at the Ontario Farmland Trust. They have a BA in Gender Studies & Sociology from the UBC and a Certificate in Food Security from Toronto Metropolitan University. They have worked in the agricultural and non-profit sectors in roles spanning program development, leading on farm educational programming, volunteer coordination, pastured livestock care and grazing management, and running a small vegetable CSA. Tamara is enthusiastic about sharing OFT’s mission with the general public, connecting people to the land and their food system!

Teresa Trinh: Communications and Community Engagement Assistant

Teresa completed her B.Sc. in Environmental Science at the University of British Columbia. Her experience ranges from community outreach and engagement related to conservation and food systems, to connecting inner city youth with the outdoors, to working in a variety of different small-scale vegetable farms in both BC and Ontario. She enjoys backpacking, live music, noodle soups and all things that get her outside. She’s excited to help support OFT’s mission through engaging communications efforts to further connect our communities and stakeholders to what it means to protect farmland. 

Anika Armitage: Farmland Ecology Assistant

Anika, from Waterloo, is working towards her BSc in Natural Resources Conservation from the University of British Columbia. She is really interested in the intersection of food sovereignty, conservation ecology, and sustainable agriculture and is enthusiastic about working to help
protect Ontario’s farmland. In her free time, Anika loves to be outdoors and get active, with hobbies ranging from scuba diving, to camping, to biking, and beyond!