Executive Board

Front row, from left: Ed Scharringa, Clarence Nywening, Bethanee Jensen. Back row, from left: John Bos, Simon de Boer, Richard Blyleven, Frank Hoftyzer, John Kikkert

Presidents & Vice-Presidents

Clarence Nywening, President

Clarence is a broiler-breeder operator and cash cropper from the Thamesville area. This is his fourth term as president. Clarence has long been involved in leadership positions at the local and provincial level with a number of organizations, including Chatham-Kent-Essex Christian Farmers Association. Clarence serves as chair of Ontario’s President’s Council and the province’s 4R Steering Committee on nutrient management.

Richard Blyleven, Vice-President & Secretary

Richard is an egg and crop producer from Haldimand County. He has served on many boards in the past, including the Ontario Wheat Producers Marketing Board. He was chair of AgCare from 2006 to 2010. Richard represents the CFFO for OMAFRA’s Timing Matters initiative on nutrient management. He also serves on the Ontario Agricultural Commodity Council (OACC) and Farm & Food Care Ontario’s Environmental Council. Richard is president of the Haldimand-Norfolk Christian Farmers Association.

Ed Scharringa, Vice-President

Ed is a semi-retired grower of specialty crops. He is active in greenhouse and outdoor cut flower production for Canadian and U.S. markets and previously owned and operated a farm retail market and restaurant. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Farm & Food Care Ontario and the Agricultural Adaptation Council as a representative for general farm interests.

John Bos, Director & Treasurer

John resides in the Cambridge area and is part of a multi-generational family farm with dairy and pork as their main commodities. John brings a lot of experience as a member of other boards. He served on Ontario’s Soil Health Working Group, representing the CFFO in the development of OMAFRA’s New Horizons: Ontario’s Soil Health and Conservation Strategy. John also sits on the Animal Care Council of Farm & Food Care, Ontario.

Simon de Boer, Director

Simon is active in the daily life of his family dairy farm in Tara, now owned by his son and daughter-in-law. He has served several terms on the CFFO’s Executive Board, most recently from 2015-2016. Simon has also served on the Grey-Bruce District Christian Farmers Association board in various capacities for many years. He is chair of both the Arran-Tara Agricultural Society and ALUS Grey-Bruce. Simon has also served on his local Christian school board and church council, both located in Owen Sound.

Frank Hoftyzer, Director

Frank runs a cash crop and custom farming business near Hastings, along with his wife and business partner, Julia. Frank has been involved with many boards in the past, including the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association. He serves on the East Central District Christian Farmers Association board. This is his first term as an executive member on the CFFO Executive Board.

Bethanee Jensen, Director

Bethanee owns and operates Shepherd’s Fold, a Dorset sheep farm near Brussels. She previously served on the CFFO board from 2011 to 2017, as director and treasurer. Jensen also serves on the Ontario Farmland Trust board of directors and the Huron District Christian Farmers Association board.

John Kikkert, Director

John is a chicken and turkey producer from Smithville. He served as CFFO President from 2003 to 2009. He has also served on the boards of Chicken Farmers of Ontario, Turkey Farmers of Ontario, and the Ontario Farm Animal Council. John has also represented the CFFO as a member of the Agricultural Adaptation Council. John was chair of Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame (completed June 2018) and is currently serving as past president. He is also currently President of the Niagara District Christian Farmers Association, District 5 Committee Representative for Chicken Farmers of Ontario, and Chair of the Christian School Foundation since 2016.