Meet our Board
You may recognize some of the faces behind the NFU-O. That’s because they’re Ontario farmers, and farm all across the province—they might even farm in the same county that you do.
Before they held leadership positions within the NFU-O, they were actively involved in their Local. We welcome any farming member to get involved in the governance of their Local, and we hope to see your face up here over the next few years!
Don Ciparis has been a grains and oilseeds producer in the Rodney area of Elgin County since 1986. He has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and has participated as a Binational Public Forum member on the Lake Erie Lakewide Management Plan and is a director on the Elgin County Grains and Oilseeds Association. He has been on the Board of the National Farmers Union – Ontario since 2016 and was acclaimed as the NFU-O President last week.
National Board Member
Hilary Moore and her husband have a mixed organic farm in Lanark, ON. They raise Tamworth pigs for pork, vegetables, honey as well as hay for their workhorses and livestock. Hilary has been farming full time since 1999, since graduating with honours from the Environmental Studies program at Carleton University. She operated one of the first CSA’s in the Ottawa area for 13 years. They continue to direct market from the farm and through a farmer’s market. Hilary has been an active member of the NFU since 2002, as part of her local executive, as well as acting on several national committees and acting as National VP (Policy) for one term. In her past, Hilary has been involved in school ground greening projects, the Ottawa Good Food Box local food procurement program, as well as the formation of the Ottawa Food Security Council (renamed Just Food).
National Board Member
Ayla Fenton is a new farmer and community organizer from the Kingston area. She has worked on organic farms in the area for the past six years, and is currently launching a new farm cooperative with other young farmers to produce organic vegetables, heritage grains, and pastured pork in Lanark County. She works with the National Farmers Union to advocate for new and young farmers, and for the transition to agroecology, food sovereignty and climate justice. Ayla also represents the NFU in the global peasant movement La Via Campesina.
Marcelle knows a thing or two about farming in Northern Ontario. Since she and her husband started their farm in 2009, they have been active members of the NFU-O. Farming 50 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, she enjoys the connection to other farmers across the province and Canada that she gets through the NFU-O and the relationships she formed with like-minded producers even at a distance.
Bernard has been farming organically near Williamsburg, for 35 years, growing corn, soybeans, cereals, asparagus, and garlic. He is a founding member of Local 362 and is interested in increasing the NFU-O’s membership.
Maddie came to farming as a second career in 2016. She grew up in downtown Toronto and went to school for public interest media and is working on certification and training in conflict resolution and mediation. She has worked on farms raising everything from livestock to vegetables to flowers and is farming in Hamilton this season.
Terry is a grain and oilseed farmer in Essex County. Along with his brothers Tom and Mike, he operates Pleasant Park Farms Inc – 1600 acres of conventional crops. He was a provincial Director for the Ontario Soybean Board from 2002-2003, member of Essex County Grain Grower Board from 2000-2007, and Chairman of Essex County Grain Growers in 2005. He graduated from St Clair College’s business administration 3 year program majoring in marketing in 1982.
Mac has been a farmer in southern Lambton County since 1974 and growing organic cash crops since 2004. Over the years he has had registered Shorthorn cattle, registered Southdown sheep, registered rare breed pigs (Large Black, Berkshire, Tamworth & Yorkshires), sold stock across Canada and participated in national sheep shows across most of the country. He is past president of the Ontario Southdown Club. He was involved in bringing the NFU back into Lambton County and served as the Vice President for the first 2 years, then President for 3 years, then Director until 3 years ago.
If you’d like to contact any of our board by phone, please contact the NFU-O provincial office at 1-888-832-9638.
Meet our Staff
While our team may be small, we’re mighty! Our crew maintains all the daily activities keeps the NFU-O up and running. But that’s not all, folks–we also take on a number of programs and special projects that help to advance the goals and objectives of the NFU-O. Our team certainly knows how to make hay when the sun shines.
Sarah has been farming in the Kawartha Lakes region since 2005 and is an active member of Local 345. She farms 100 acres with her family and raises pastured chicken and grass fed and finished beef. Sarah brings her background in marketing and fundraising multi-million dollar projects to the NFU-O, which has helped her grow the organization over the past seven years.
Membership Development and Special Projects Manager
Aric farms near Kingston, Ontario, and is an experienced community organizer. He was active in the NFU-O’s Food Down the Road Project, the New Farm Project, and the Save Our Prison Farms campaign. Aric works to develop new projects for the NFU-O, to facilitate training workshops, and to strengthen the NFU-O’s connections with allied organizations.
Looking for general contact information for the NFU-O? You can find it here.