Leading Kings County farmer Eric A. Meek, 80, passed away on Jan. 5 at the Valley Regional Hospital after a brief illness. A life long resident of Canning, he grew up on the family farm in Canning. After graduating from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in 1954, he returned home to farm with his father. They formed a partnership under the name of L.B. Meek and Son.
Meek believed in the future of the agricultural industry and as such became active in its organization. In 1962, he was elected president of the Kings County Federation of Agriculture. Later he served on many committees and boards. In 1966, he became a founding member of the Nova Scotia Chicken Marketing Board. He was a strong voice of the province’s chicken farmers and served on the board for 24 years, 11 of them as chair.
A longtime advocate of producer-controlled marketing of farm products, Meek took on the chairmanship of the Canadian Broiler Council at a key time in the creation of a national system of production and marketing. In 1977, he spent much of his time traveling across Canada promoting the formation of a National Chicken Agency. His hard work paid off when the Canadian Chicken Marketing Agency (now Chicken Farmers of Canada) was formed in 1978. He was elected the first chair.
He continued to stay involved in the local chicken industry and was elected to the Co-op Atlantic Board in 1990 and served nine years, two of those as president.
Meek was involved with the Canning Volunteer Fire Department for over 40 years, part of the time as chief. He was on the Village Water Commission, served as Moderator of the Canning United Baptist Church, Director of the Valley Credit Union and the Annapolis Valley Funeral Home Co-op to name but a few. In 2004, he was recognized as one of the top 50 most influential people in the Canadian poultry industry by the Canadian Poultry Magazine. In 2005 he was inducted into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Meek was always keen to be involved in both his industry and his community. He believed that volunteering makes a genuine difference.