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 is currently on the Board of Governors of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. Kathryn believes that 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.
Melissa Schneider: Communications and Development Manager
Melissa is the Communications and Development Manager for Ontario Farmland Trust. She completed a two-year Print Journalism diploma at Niagara College in Welland. Growing up on her family’s farm in Sparta she has always had a keen interest in agriculture. The more land she sees developed the stronger her passion and desire to protect agricultural land becomes. She is delighted to put her knowledge and skills to work to support the Ontario Farmland Trust team.
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.
Hershil Sheth: Policy and Event Planning Intern
Hershil Sheth is the Policy and Event Planning Intern at the Ontario Farmland Trust. She is a recent graduate from York University’s Environmental and Urban Change program where she specialized in Environmental Management. Born and raised in Ontario, her father used to own a flour mill in Southampton and recently she has sought out her own interest in cut flower farming and vegetable gardening. In this role, she hopes to help create awareness behind the importance of sustaining local agricultural systems and inspire future generations to start their own farming endeavours. She believes the only way to achieve food security is to live harmoniously with the environment and that starts with protecting our farmland.
Kendyll Jones-McGowan: Farmland Ecology Assistant
Kendyll is the Farmland Ecology Assistant at the Ontario Farmland Trust this summer. She is a recent graduate from Fleming College’s Ecosystem Management Technician program, and she will be returning to Fleming next fall for their Geographic Information Systems Post-Graduate program. She grew up in Lindsay, Ontario, and has seen urban sprawl destroy farmland firsthand. In this role, she is excited to put her skills in ecology to the test and play a role in the protection of Ontario’s precious and irreplaceable farmland.