Our Staff

Pat Learmonth  |  Director  |  Contact

Pat Learmonth is the Director of Farms at Work, a non-profit regional project working for healthy and active farms in central Ontario. Farms at Work has been supporting new farmers and promoting farmland protection for almost a decade. Pat served as the Environmental Farm Plan Representative and Workshop Leader for Peterborough County for seven years, and co-founded the East Central Farm Stewardship Collaborative. She is past Chair of the Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development Agricultural Advisory Committee and is co-chair of the Sustainable Peterborough Working Group on Food and Farming. Pat holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Trent University) and a degree in Law (University of Western Ontario). Pat and her husband own a farm near Peterborough


Susan Chan  |  Consultant | Contact

Susan is a frequent consultant with Farms at Work, with expertise in many aspects of agricultural education and a special passion for pollinators. She also teaches in the Sustainable Agriculture program at Fleming College and in the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program at Trent University. Susan holds a B.Sc (Agriculture) from McGill, an M.Sc in Environmental Biology (Pollination) from the University of Guelph, and a B.Ed. from the University of Western Ontario

Emma Alpe | Agricultural Program Coordinator | Contact

Emma is a Trent University graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental and Resource Studies who comes to us with a great background in agriculture.   She grew up in a small farming community as well as living part of her life on a chicken farm.  She has had the opportunity to be a part of the Blackstock Agricultural Society which has allowed her the ability to work with farmers and the public. 

Emma also has a background in non-profit from her work with Durham Farm Fresh.  She was the main contact for the organization during her time there and was the person on the ground visiting farmers, farmers markets as well as public events where she spoke about the importance of the local food movement.  Emma thrives on reaching people and expressing her passion for farming, supporting our farmers and making people understand why the local food movement is so important. 

Katie Jackson | Farm Stewardship Coordinator | Contact 

 Katie Jackson is working with the members of the East Central Farm Stewardship Collaborative to coordinate a 3-year grant from EcoAction. She is coordinating the   East Central Farm Stewardship Fund, which will provide funds to farmers for on-farm clean water projects.

 Katie is committed to growing good food for her family and her community on her family farm. She has explored diverse aspects of small-scale farming including   market gardening, raising pork, chicken, lamb and duck eggs, milking a goat and growing pea shoots. Katie shares her passion for farming through connections with   community groups and schools. Katie has a BA from the University of Toronto and work experience in both non-profit and corporate environments.