New Brunswick Young Farmers

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Established in the spring of 2008, NBYFF fosters opportunities for member networking, communication and learning in a rapidly evolving agriculture industry.

Today, the organization aims to support a prosperous and robust agriculture industry in New Brunswick by facilitating communication among young farmers in the province, and across Canada. NBYFF works closely with other provincial young farmer groups as well as the Canadian Young Farmers’ Forum, which serves as an umbrella organization.



NBYFF welcomes young farmers 18 to 40 years of age as members.

Throughout each year, young farmer members gather for annual general meetings, professional and business development meetings, as well as agricultural tours and workshops. At these events, members acquire new contacts, skills and ideas that they can use to enhance the management of their farm businesses.


President – Gabby Schenkels

I’m Gabrielle Schenkels, I grew up on a 2nd generation dairy and blueberry farm just outside of Miramichi, NB. I’m a 2023 grad from the Ag Business program at Dal AC, and Northshore Coordinator for the NB Soil and Crop Improvement Association. I’m excited to connect with other young people in agriculture, and excited to bring together perspectives from different commodities! 

Director at Large – Jerry Bos

Jerry farms in Salisbury with his wife, Kaitlin their two boys Leighton and Lachlan and his parents John and Janice.

The farm is primarily Dairy, milking around 100 cows on 2 robotic milkers, raising heifers and also feeding anywhere between 100 and 200 beef cattle as well. 

Director at Large – Carolyn Wilson

I was born and raised on a small beef and crop farm in West Branch NB. Although I currently teach high school full-time, I spend evenings and summers working with my husband at our business, The Brookside Butcher. I also serve as a director on the Canadian Young Farmers Forum.

Director Region 1 – Keenan Kavanaugh

My name is Keenan Kavanaugh, I’m a 6th generation potato farmer from Grand Falls N.B. I’m a recent graduate from Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus with my Plant Science Degree. I’m also a new member of the New Brunswick Institute of Agrologist.

Director Region 3 – Ryan Wesselius

Ryan is a dairy farmer from Petitcodiac, NB.

Director Region 4 & Secretary – Emily Parker

I grew up on a small horse farm in the small community of Doaktown along the Miramichi River. Despite not coming from a farming community, I’ve always had a strong interest in agriculture. After one year of studies at St. Thomas University I decided to go a different route and got a job on a dairy farm which led me to Dalhousie Agricultural College.

Director Region 6 – Andrew Sytsma

I’m Andrew Sytsma and I grew up on a dairy farm near Centreville, NB. I graduated from Dal AC in 2019 with a plant and animal science degree. I’m currently the Carleton county agrologist with New Brunswick Soil & Crop Improvement Association and farm as well.

Director Region 2 – Vacant
Director Region 5 – Vacant



To build the value proposition of the organization through programs and support for its members and build towards an elevated level of importance for young farmers on a regional level.


To increase engagement and membership while creating a community for young farmers to connect and share experiences.


To collaborate with other provinces and organizations to educate Atlantic Canadians on where their food comes from and promote the young farmers as the future of farming.


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