Who We Are

As a not-for-profit business, we are directed by a volunteer board of diverse and interesting individuals.

The project began as a grass-roots effort, and is now incorporated.  Start-up funding was raised with successful grants and donations from a diverse group of interested supporters including Trillium, OMAFRA and the EODP, the counties, several municipalities, as well as other groups and individuals, including, most recently, The Greenbelt Fund and the CEDP.  Our board of directors includes members of environmental groups, buyers and producers of local foods, the leader of a health organization, financial services experts and an elected official.  The food hub is well positioned to service the tri-county area from our physical location in the Gallipeau Centre on County Road 43 in Smiths Falls, Ontario.

Although the principle of a local food hub is not new, there has been a rise in this type of hub in recent years throughout North America and we are in communication with many other similar and related projects both in our area and far away.  Generally, this recent type of food hub seeks to improve small farm sustainability, to reduce food miles, to provide food security and to seek value-chain instead of simple supply-chain based solutions to the challenges of increasing access to local foods.  And although no two seem to be exactly the same, just as no two rivers follow the same path, the spirit of collaborating to support local farmers seems to be the common goal.  That goal is one that we are also proud to embrace.  Thank you for your support in this effort.

SJR_20150721_5005392_31832-11x15Peter McKenna (chair) – Peter has been working in the health and social services field for 30 years.    For the past 15 years he has been the Executive Director of Rideau Community Health Services (RCHS). Prior to joining RCHS Peter spent four years with the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre in the heart of Ottawa.  Peter also spent 10 years as a middle manager at Brockville General Hospital.  As a volunteer Peter served as a Director and Chair of Rideau Valley District Health Council, Board member on the eastern region of the Canadian Red Cross, the Ontario Association of Community Health Centres, and was a founding board member of the Tri-County Addictions Service, Child and Youth Wellness Centre (children’s mental health), and the Settlers Non-Profit Housing Corporation.  Peter and his wife Donna operated a beef farm in Jasper, ON for 15 years before leaving the farm in 2008 to move to Rideau Lakes Township.

Bill Dobson (Vice-Chair) – Bill was born and raised on a farm in Cobden. In 1966 he got his first job as a teacher at Rideau Regional Centre and at 23-years old he bought his current farm in Montague township where he raised his five children and has certified organic, grass-fed beef.  Bill was first elected as Deputy Reeve of Montague Township in 2008 and as Reeve in 2011, as well he has served as Warden For Lanark County for 2012-2013 and was elected back to the position in 2016.  He has volunteered at the Montague Forget-Me-Not seniors club and coached in minor sports.

Dave Smith (Treasurer) holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics (Queens University) and an MBA in Finance (McMaster University) with a fellowship for academic excellence, as well as Grade X Pianoforte from the University of Toronto (irrelevant). He was a real estate financial analyst with Public Works Canada during the Private Public co-investment period in the 70’s and a senior financial analyst to the VP of finance at Bell Northern Research during the period of transition from analogue to digital voice technology. Continuing in the finance discipline he became Controller of the Information Technology Division of Northern Electric. Fascinated by the emerging digital world, the game changing role of optical transmission and subsequent internet overlay to telecommunications and its immense potential to change local and global economies and social fabric he transitioned from and a purely financial perspective of technology to managing technology and progressed to the role of Director of Networks at Nortel Networks. Dave received many awards, including an offer of full scholarship to the MBA program (Public Works Canada) and the Presidents Award for Employee of the Year (Northern Telecom)

In 2006 he he decided to leave the corporate world and start his own organic livestock farm, Ashton Glen Farms, a small locally focused, locally serving quality food business. He also served as treasurer and then president of the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (5 years)  as well as a member of the Beckwith Economic Development.

Robert Argue (Secretary) – Bob Argue is the (volunteer) Executive Director of ecoPerth, a community-based demonstration of greenhouse gas reduction measures in Lanark County. EcoPerth has been working for seventeen years to engage residents, business, and municipalities in dozens of action projects, such as renewable energy programs and promotion and support of local food systems. Bob is also President of REIC Perth, an environmental consulting company he founded in 1977, with extensive experience in renewable energy technologies, green communities, waste management and recycling, energy conservation in housing, and climate change issues. He has written several books and manuals on renewable energy and low-energy housing.

Jane Graham –  Jane is a Certified Financial Planner wSJR_20150721_5005392_31875-11x15orking in the financial services industry for 30 years.  Jane lives on a 13 acre, 200 year old farm on the Rideau Canal just outside Merrickville and served 7 years on Village of Merrickville- Wolford Council as well as currently volunteering on the Economic Development committee of council.  A dedicated foodie, Jane also grows her own organic veggies, keeps laying hens and is a member of MAD  (Merrickville and District) Gardeners.  She makes a weekly soup for Montague Township staff from October to March with the funds raised going to food initiatives (in 2014 the recipient was TRFH).  Jane graduated with a BA from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS.

 

SJR_20150714_5005392_31508-Chenoa Marshall – A resident of Tay Valley Township in Lanark, Chenoa Marshall is a small-scale, non-certified organic, market gardener.  She grows a range of standard, unusual and heirloom vegetables and maintains a mixed flock of livestock with her husband and two small children.  She has been selling her produce along with her husband at the Perth Farmers’ Market as well as contributing to a Weekly Food Box.

Shannon Miller – Shannon Miller farms with her husband and family on their 4th generation mixed farm at Lombardy.   In addition to field crops, they operate a strawberry patch and roadside vegetable stand.  Over the past decade, Shannon has seen the emergent trend toward local food, and is eager to contribute further toward its growth through her involvement in the Board of the Two Rivers Food Hub.

Cheryl Nash – Cheryl grew up on a mixed fruit farm in Niagara. Her working life began as Energy Conservation coordinator for Stratford, followed by years spent developing recycling and composting programs throughout North America, the UK, the Caribbean and Thailand. Through ecoPerth’s Lanark Local Flavour program, Cheryl has focused on increasing and improving the production and availability of locally grown food. Projects include hosting numerous Meet-and-Greet events to bring farmers and food buyers together, annual production of the LLF farm sales brochure, establishing community gardens throughout Lanark County and hosting a variety of agricultural skills development workshops. Cheryl is a co-founder of the Lanark Slow Food Convivium, founding member of the Eastern Ontario Local Food and Farming Collaborative and the recipient of the 2014 Lanark County Award of Excellence.

Meghan Pettipas – Meghan is co-owner of Dandelion Foods – a full service organic grocer and supplements store, which opened in Almonte, Ontario in January 2014. As a worker co-operative, Dandelion Foods offers meaningful local employment to its four members.  Meghan, her husband, her two young boys live in a post-and-beam strawbale home on a six wooded acres outside Mississippi Mills. Meghan graduated with a bachelor of business administration (BBA) from Acadia University in Wolfville, NS and a diploma in public relations from Algonquin College. She worked for over 3 years as Manager of Marketing Communications for OCRI (now Invest Ottawa) and 5 years as Manager Communications for Brookfield Renewable Power. In her “free” time, she likes to cook, garden and chase her boys.

 

Our Staff are the face of the Two Rivers Food Hub.  They have a range of skills to help serve you better.

Bruce Enloe – Bruce was born in Texas to a family of food lovers and restaurateurs, after an exceeding short career in music, he took up the family business of cooking in Texas and eventually California, where he worked for seven years as the sous chef to Executive Chef Eric Tucker at the world famous Millennium Restaurant and was co-author of their second cookbook, The Artful Vegan (Ten speed Press, 2003). After travelling to France and Italy to work on organic farms, Bruce settled in Kemptville, SJR_20150714_5005392_31494-Ontario in 2006 and opened the Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill with his wife, Ottawa native Nicole LeBlanc. The Branch specializes in organic and local foods and serves a signature traditional Central Texas style 100% hardwood smoked beef brisket. Since moving to the area, Bruce was on the first advisory committee for Savour Ottawa, helped found The Kemptville Kinsmen Farmers’ Market and Sustainable North Grenville and has been an outspoken advocate for local foods.

 

Kim Brake – Kim is our facility manager.  She takes care of the day to day running of the Food Hub and ensures that everything is clean, organized and helps the clients.  She is also responsible for the sorting, packing and distribution of orders through Fitzroy Beef, and our summer and winter Local Food Baskets.