Amanda lives with her partner, Ryan, along the beautiful Naskwaak River in Taymouth. Having grown up in Alberta, studied, worked and traveled around the globe, she chose to make New Brunswick her permanent home in 2012. In 2017, she moved from Fredericton to Taymouth, to pursue her passion for growing food and building a life of rural self-sufficiency.
A graduate of St. Thomas University, Amanda completed her Master’s in Natural Resources and Peace from the University for Peace in Costa Rica. Having worked in international development, she quickly learned that she could make the most meaningful global impact by shaping policies here in Canada. Nearly three years working for the National Farmers Union in NB has given Amanda the opportunity to travel to all corners of this province, to hear first-hand from some of the province’s hardest-working folks and to get a good sense of our local, provincial, and regional food systems. She believes in a resilient food system that ensures everyone eats, that our farmers make a fair living, and that the available and relatively affordable agricultural land in NB is fully utilized.
As a New Brunswicker by choice, Amanda sees many opportunities for this beautiful province and is excited to bring forth positive change.