AAC Board of Directors

The AAC is made up of over 66 Ontario agricultural, agri-food and rural organizations. It is these member organizations that annually elect 16 directors to serve on the AAC board. They are joined by 2, non-voting, liaisons from the federal and provincial government.

As a corporate body, the AAC directors have one client: the Ontario agri-food industry. The AAC board of directors has a unique understanding of funding program requirements, farming and agribusiness. It’s who they are and what they do. A complete list of the AAC’s membership and sectoral structure can be found by clicking here.

Ed Scharringa

Ed Scharringa

Representing: General Farm Interest

Ed Scharringa was elected to the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) board in 2016. He is one of two General Farm Organizations representatives on the board.

Ed is a semi-retired farmer who has been farming and in business since his high-school days. Together he and his wife began a company called Dutch Mill Gardens in 1985. In 1997, they began a country market as part of their business. This became a landmark site until 2008 when they sold the operation and relocated to the Lynden area in order to expand their farming operation. The business is now owned and managed by Ed’s son, with Ed still acting as advisor and involved in sales.

Ed’s career in the farming industry now focuses on experimenting with new products and ideas within horticulture on the smaller farm he himself still owns. Ed has served on the Christian Farmer’s Federation of Ontario Executive Board for the past 8 years.