Board

Ed Scharringa

President

president@christianfarmers.org

Ed has worked in vegetable and flower wholesale, farm market retail and the restaurant business, bringing both farming and marketing experience to the CFFO Board. Ed joined the CFFO Board of Directors in 2009, serving in various roles. He currently also serves on Presidents' Council and is vice-chair of the Agricultural Adaptation Council. Ed and his wife, Elaine, have six children, four of whom continue to work in the agri-food industry today.

Richard Blyleven

Vice-President & Secretary

Richard is a cash crop farmer from the Cayuga area, where he also produces organic eggs. Richard has served on numerous boards over the years, including the Ontario Wheat Producers Marketing Board and AgCare, and currently serves on the Farm & Food Care Ontario Board. In addition to his duties on the CFFO’s Board of Directors, Richard also serves as president of the Haldimand-Norfolk District Christian Farmers Association. Richard and his wife, Janet, have four grown children.

Frank Hoftyzer

Vice-President

Frank hails from Hastings, where he and Julia, his wife and business partner, got their start in dairy farming. They have also been involved in the goat industry, and they currently run a cash crop and custom farming business. Frank currently serves on the Board of the East Central District Christian Farmers Association and the Environmental Council of Farm & Food Care Ontario. He has also served as president of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association.

John Bos

Director

John resides in the Cambridge area, where he and his wife, Joy, are part of a multi-generational family farm. John, along with his brothers and nephews, run a multi-faceted operation, with dairy and pork as their main commodities. He has served on the provincial working group that developed OMAFRA’s New Horizons: Ontario’s Soil Health and Conservation Strategy (2018), and he currently sits on the Animal Care Council of Farm & Food Care, Ontario.

Simon de Boer

Director

Simon and his wife, Leinie, live near Tara, where he remains active in the daily life of his family dairy farm, now owned by his son and daughter-in-law. Simon devotes much of his time to community, both through his church and the local agricultural society. He is also involved in the Grey-Bruce chapter of ALUS, which helps farmers develop conservation projects on marginal land. Over his years of involvement in the CFFO, Simon has served many terms on both the Board of Directors and the Grey-Bruce District Christian Farmers Association.

Bethanee Jensen

Director & Treasurer

Bethanee owns and operates Shepherd’s Fold, a Dorset sheep farm near Brussels. Today, she and her husband, Pierre, are semi-retired. Bethanee has a passion for farmland preservation and serves on the board of the Ontario Farmland Trust. She served her first term on the CFFO Board of Directors in 2011 and has been involved in CFFO leadership ever since, including serving on the board of the Huron District Christian Farmers Association.

Bonita Mercer

Director

Bonita and her husband, Jerry, own and operate a cow/calf beef operation in Monetville. She is a founding member of the Northeastern Ontario District Christian Farmers Association board, established in 2015. Bonita also serves as vice-president of the Sudbury/West Nipissing Cattleman’s Association, having served as treasurer since 2014 and as director for West Nipissing since 2018. She remains active in several community organizations and also has a heart for volunteer hospice care.

Peter Peeters

Director

Peter owns and operates his family beef farm in Omemee. His cattle, Pinzguaers, are a novelty in the area with their distinctive markings and docile nature. Peter serves on Victoria Soil and Crop Improvement Association, Victoria Beef Producers, Peterborough ALUS, and Ontario Farmland Trust.