BC Young Farmers has a new executive director.
Ava Reeve, a farmer in Langley, succeeded Christine Koch on February 1. She will attend her first board meeting in her new role on February 20.
Reeve has developed significant experience with farm organizations as a vice-president with the Langley Sustainable Agriculture Foundation, agriculture program coordinator with the Langley Environmental Partners Society and a director of the Langley Community Farmers Market. She was also instrumental in spearheading the re-establishment of the Langley Farmers Institute.
An off-shoot of the BC Agriculture Council, the BC Young Farmers was established in 2008 for farmers aged 19 to 40 to connect and learn the skills needed to become successful farm operators. Its membership includes more than 250 registered farmers. The majority of members are located in the Fraser Valley, but last fall saw it host its first tour and social in northern BC. The event in Prince George saw young farmers visit local operations including Kawano Farms and Bar K Ranch.
The organization recently completed a strategic plan that will provide direction for future activities.
Koch remains involved in the BC agriculture sector through her roles with the province’s poultry, dairy, and pork organizations.