PEI COPC Board of Directors
Marc Schurman – President
Marc and Krista Schurman along with their three children Ben, Quinton and Samantha own and operate Schurman Family Farm. They started the greenhouse business in 2001 as a way to diversify their farm operation and to fulfill Marc’s passion for growing things.
In 2008 Marc, Krista and the kids left the farm and headed out on a life adventure to Mexico and Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. In Mexico, Marc managed a 25-acre greenhouse where he gained a great deal of knowledge and experience in greenhouse management. He also gained an even deeper appreciation for local agriculture and organic production. In 2011, Marc and Krista moved back to the family farm in Kensington and introduced the brand Atlantic Grown Organics to the Maritimes.
Today, Marc and Krista and the kids grow 100% certified organic tomatoes, English cucumbers and a variety of vegetables in their 2 acre greenhouse.
Matt Ramsay – Vice-President
Matt operates Square One Organics, located near Kensington, and produces organic cereals in addition to participating in several on-farm trials, including malting barley, hemp, and as part of the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security Participatory Plant Breeding program, focusing on wheat, oat and potato varieties.
Janell MacDonald – Treasurer
Janell has a dairy background and recently took over her father’s farm. She has a significant acreage currently in transition and is experimenting with vegetable and livestock production and a CSA / subscriber business model. Janell is a chartered professional accountant and brings a strong background in business and financial management to the Board.
Alexander MacKay – Secretary
Alexander owns and operates Alexander Fresh Vegetables. He grows a wide variety of fresh produce which he sells to local restaurants and directly to the public .
Philip Hamming – Director
Phil is farm manager at Red Soil Organics and is currently in the process of acquiring land and capital to start his own organic farming venture.
Mike LaFortune – Director
Mike operates The Dexter Cattle Company, raising pure-bred Dexter cattle on 100 acres of year-round pasture. He and his wife Evelyn, currently have 100 head of Dexters, with plans to grow the herd to over 200 and sell organically produced grass- fed beef into local markets and pure-bred genetics beyond local borders.
Carina Phillips – Director
Carina is a partner in Sea Spray Organic Cooperative with her husband Byron Petrie and organic guru Reg Phelan. They produce fresh vegetables for a CSA and have a booth at the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market.
Amy Smith – Past President
Amy moved to PEI in 2010 from Massachusetts with Verena Varga to start Heart Beet Organics, a diversified 1.5 acre organic vegetable farm in North Wiltshire PEI. With a focus on greenhouse and high tunnel production, Amy and Verena sell their produce at the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market, through their CSA, and to several high quality restaurants.