ACORN Conference Program

All Workshops

Striking a balance - Philosophy, Principles and Outcomes of Organic vs. Market Development

Monday, November 27, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM   

Organic agriculture is grounded in the four principles of health, care, fairness and ecology and the Standards are intended to support these principles and achieve their outcomes and impacts that make organic stand out from other production systems.

In a world driven by consumer demand, are the organic principles being compromised to capture that demand? Are the Standards consistent with supporting and promoting organic principles as opposed to enabling businesses to capture the market?  

Four regional perspectives introduce an ongoing discussion throughout the conference about how we achieve the principles and expected outcomes of organic agriculture both locally and globally.  

The discussion will continue in the afternoon. Bring your thought provoking questions to foster conversation at 4:00 pm in the Nova Scotia Room.   

Nova Scotia Room

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Growing Your Farmers’ Market-based Business: A How-To

Monday, November 27, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

Market-business owner Jessie Palmer will offer guidance on how to derive a livelihood from your small business, seize and craft opportunities, and hustle your product.

Beginner
MacLeod Room

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Solving the Mystery - Part I: Canadian Organic Standards 101

Monday, November 27, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

Do you find Canadian Organic Standards a bit mysterious and complicated? This workshop will provide an overview of the nuts and bolts of the Canadian Organic Regime, how the Organic Products Regulations relates, and the work of the Standards Interpretation Committee. More importantly, we will teach you how to maneuver through the Standards with confidence. Important sections will be pulled out and discussed, such as Section 4 on the organic plan and resulting requirements of record keeping. Whether you are a seasoned organic operator or a new entrant, you'll leave with a better understanding of how all these components work together, and their impact on your practices! There will be time for Q & A at the end.

Beginner
Nova Scotia Room

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Canada’s Seed Regulations: What do Vegetable Seed Producers Need to Know?

Monday, November 27, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

This workshop will address various Canadian regulations that affect seed producers, including topics like germination rate and weed count, labelling, and the various gradings available in Canada. A must for those who are selling (or thinking about selling) seed, this workshop will demystify the regulations for small and medium-sized seed producers and companies.

Intermediate
MacDonald Room

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Cultivating Justice: Recognizing and Respecting the Contributions of Migrant Farmworkers

Monday, November 27, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

This workshop will focus on the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) and on the struggles faced by migrant farmworkers who participate in it. It will include a comprehensive look at conditions reported by participants, and also examine systemic inequities such as ineligibility for regular EI benefits and the absence of a pathway to permanent residency. The workshop will also address how the organic farming industry is excellently situated to raise its voice in solidarity with SAWP participants, and how it can benefit from a more just and inclusive system. 

All Levels
Ballroom C

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Fostering Farming Opportunities for New Canadians in the Maritimes

Monday, November 27, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM   

Many newcomers to Canada have farming backgrounds and a great interest in growing food for their communities. Many Maritime farms are experiencing a shortage in skilled labour and see opportunities in growing food for ethnic markets. How can we bridge this gap, foster better relationships, and grow more healthy food for our communities? This session will be a discussion of the barriers and opportunities to connect existing organic growers to Newcomers with farming backgrounds.

All Levels
Ballroom C

This workshop is supported in-kind by Common Roots Urban Farm and Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia

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Solving the Mystery - Part II: Permitted Substances & Certification Process

Monday, November 27, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM   

Prohibition is a prevalent theme in the organic system. The Permitted Substances List (PSL) can be intimidating, but a very important tool. Learn what questions to ask and how to comfortably navigate this resource. We'll conclude with the certification process. How do you choose a certifying body (CB)? What are some of the important questions to ask when you first establish a relationship with a CB? How do you prepare for inspection, and what should you expect? Let us help you get started on your organic journey!

Beginner
Nova Scotia Room

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Quality Assurance Practices for Vegetable Seed Crops

Monday, November 27, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM   

This session will provide an overview of the various tools and practices available to seed producers and seed companies to offer quality seeds. Germination rate is only one of many aspects of seed quality. This workshop will cover the topics of assessing vigour, record keeping, seed lot cleaning, and storage for increasing seed lifespan. Practices in the field and pre-processing will be addressed.

All Levels
MacDonald Room

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Selling Tactics for the Farmers’ Market

Monday, November 27, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM   

From loyalty programs to "up-selling", we'll dig into the selling tips and tactics worth implementing at your market stand.

Intermediate
MacLeod Room

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  • TBA

COG Focus Group: Understanding the Transition to Organic

Monday, November 27, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM   

Canadian Organic Growers has spent the last few months working with researchers to identify the main risks involved in transitioning to organic production. Now it’s time to validate our findings – so we need to hear your story! If you are interested in transitioning to organic, started to transition but stopped, have completed transition successfully, have been organic from the start, or want to tell us how we can support transition then please join us at our producer focus group to discuss transition. Outcomes of this work will benefit organic and transitioning producers across the country.

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  • TBA

Seed Growers Meeting

Monday, November 27, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   

This meeting will be for commercial seed growers, and those who are on the brink of commercialization. This session will be a follow-up to a meeting held in April 2016 to discuss ways that seed sellers can better co-operate at Seedy Saturdays, communicate and share about their available seed, and use newly developed Atlantic Grown Seed marketing tools.

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  • TBA

Inputs for Organic Agriculture: Determining the Allowance of Inputs

Monday, November 27, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

Inputs used in agriculture, such as pesticides and fertilizers, are an integral part of most production systems. Specific regulations dictate which inputs are allowed or prohibited in certified organic production. Commercial growers and home gardeners alike will learn the basics about which types of inputs are allowed in certified organic crop and livestock production. Attendees will also learn how to use the OMRI Canada Products List© to determine which brand name products have been reviewed and approved for use in organic production and processing.

Beginner
Nova Scotia Room

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Pests and Diseases in Hive Management

Monday, November 27, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

Jerry will overview and share his perspective and approach to common pests and diseases to watch out for in caring for your bees as livestock with a focus on prevention, restoring and maintaining the overall health of of your hives.

Beginner
MacDonald Room

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Managing Staff on the Farm - Part I

Monday, November 27, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

Finding and keeping farm staff can be an ongoing challenge. What are the challenges that your farm faces in ensuring that all of the work gets done? Tim Livingstone will facilitate this discussion and will draw on the expertise of conference speakers and regional farmers to offer experiences and solutions to the increasing complexity of staffing in agriculture.

Advanced
Farmer-to-Farmer Discussion
Ballroom C

This workshop is generously supported by Farm Credit Canada

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Know Your Varieties: Effective On-farm Variety Trials

Monday, November 27, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

We will cover the importance of on-farm variety trialing in the organic production context. Designing effective and farmer-friendly variety trials that meet the needs of the small organic grower. This session will cover how to select the right crop(s) and (check) varieties to trial, as well as practical strategies for randomizing and replicating your variety trials, and observing and evaluating them in the field. Drawing on case studies of pepper and lettuce variety trials in Iowa, this session will illustrate the impact of good variety trailing for organic vegetable and vegetable seed producers.

All Levels
MacDonald Room

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Social Media Marketing Training - Part I

Monday, November 27, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

One year ago, the Truro Farmers' Market decided to invest in their social media marketing. What have they done and what has been the return on investment? Lessons for your market and your business.

Intermediate
MacLeod Room

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Social Media Marketing Training - Part II: Photographs

Monday, November 27, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   

Images rein supreme on social media but how do you create a photo worth a thousand marketing words?

Intermediate
MacLeod Room

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Seed Quality Assessments for Small-scale Seed Producers

Monday, November 27, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   

Seed quality assessments are a final step in assuring the quality of your commercial or shared seed crop. They are similar to variety trials but with a narrower purpose and scope - to help seed producers evaluate their own seed lots or company seed lots against similar but commercially grown varieties. This workshop will present farmers with an on-farm method and template - developed at the UBC Farm - to do this simply and effectively, minding producers' restricted schedule during the growing season. The presentation will explain the methods and use case scenarios to show the efficiency of the template.

Advanced
MacDonald Room

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Managing Staff on the Farm - Part II

Monday, November 27, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   

Farm managers need support and training to foster self-directed employees and to mentor a new generation of farmers to become ambassadors for agriculture. People trade their skills and experience for the success of your farm. Bring your best practices and the challenges you’ve faced in ensuring fairness and care for your farm staff.  

Advanced
Farmer-to-Farmer Discussion
Ballroom C

This workshop is generously supported by Farm Credit Canada

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Striking A Balance - Digging Deeper

Monday, November 27, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   

Following up from our morning plenary, our four regional perspectives continue the conference conversation. How can the organic sector achieve the principles and expected outcomes of organic agriculture both locally and globally? What are the questions that need to be asked? What are the challenges to be solved?

Intermediate
Nova Scotia Room

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Coalition for Organics in Nova Scotia Gathering

Monday, November 27, 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM   

The voice of organic in Nova Scotia, COINS, welcomes all NS producers. Gather in the NS Room and the group will decide on supper plans before attending the Kick-Off party. Share thoughts on the GE alfalfa resolution being put forth at the NS Federation of Agriculture AGM on Nov 30th. Get an organic regulation update and share your NS organic concerns, challenges, information, and updates.

Nova Scotia Room

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  • TBA

Regroupement Farm Apprentices and Worker Network (F.A.W.N.) / F.A.W.N. Gathering

Monday, November 27, 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM   With Interpretation

Interested in getting experience on someone else’s farm before you start your own? Want to meet other apprentices or workers? Join the Farm Apprentices and Worker Network (F.A.W.N.) to connect with other new farmers in the Maritimes and find out more about who FAWN is, what they do and how you can get involved.

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Intéressé d’acquérir de l'expérience sur la ferme de quelqu'un d'autre avant de commencer la vôtre? Vous voulez rencontrer d'autres apprentis ou travailleurs? Joignez-vous au Réseau des apprentis et des travailleurs agricoles (F.A.W.N.) pour établir des liens avec d'autres agriculteurs dans les Maritimes, en apprendre davantage sur le réseaux, sur ce qu'ils font et comment vous pouvez vous impliquer!

MacDonald Room

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  • TBA

Funding the Sector: Saving the Standards - Staking the Research - Supporting the Network

Tuesday, November 28, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM   

Check-offs and contributions, lobbyists, or fees - what are the financial realities, large and small, that the organic sector is facing both nationally and in the Atlantic region, and how should they be funded? From the $1M required to cover the cost of the Canadian Organic Standards revision, to increasing conference fees, this is your opportunity to hear about some current strategies and to offer your ideas and suggestions.

All Levels
Nova Scotia Room

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How to Have Custom Machinery Built for Your Farm

Tuesday, November 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

With a healthy use of technology, machinery can ease the transition to organic agriculture. Using a current case study of designing a compost spreader for Broadfork Farm of River Hebert, Nova Scotia, we'll outline all the steps from how to find design ideas, to prioritizing which features are most valuable, and how to make sure your ideas are communicated to ensure you're happy with the results. Workshop participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions related to their specific projects.

Intermediate - Advanced
Ballroom C

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Introduction to Permaculture and Farm Ecosystem Services - Part I

Tuesday, November 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

This two-part workshop will cover key concepts from Zach’s book The Permaculture Market Garden. This first part will start with a crash course in natural science, then build an understanding of ecosystem services, and proceed to techniques for mapping and designing your farm to fit within a property’s environmental reality.

Beginner
Nova Scotia Room

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Effective On-farm Research for Organic Field Crop Producers

Tuesday, November 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM   

This workshop will cover effective and practical "how to" for farmers doing (or wanting to do) good on-farm research. From pre-season planning to final harvest, this session will cover the importance of on-farm research in the organic context; how to design your research project to meet your specific needs; best practices for research design, methodologies, observation, and final evaluation. Drawing on case studies of alternative cover crop research in Iowa, this session will illustrate the impact of good on-farm research for organic field crop producers.

Intermediate
MacLeod Room

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Keep Your Flowers Blooming With Succession Planning and Season Extension

Tuesday, November 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

Plan your season with ongoing blooms and you won't find yourself wishing you had more. Know which ones are cut and come again, cut and done, and choose flowers that will be the "work horses" of your farm. Extending your season with gorgeous early blooms until past the frost date will keep your customers happy, your florists screaming with joy, and your arms always filled with flowers!

Intermediate 
MacDonald Room

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Whole Farm Mapping and Holistic Planning - Part II

Tuesday, November 28, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM   

This is the second in a two-part workshop that will cover key concepts from Zach’s book The Permaculture Market Garden. We continue in this session with holistic planning to balance your business and we delve into routine improvement of your soil through brown brain investment.

Intermediate
Nova Scotia Room

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Considerations for Starting Greenhouse Vegetable Production

Tuesday, November 28, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM   

Feeling adventurous? Feeling like it’s time to consider a greenhouse for your business?  With a little planning, keeping things simple, and paying close attention to experts in their fields, you can start making plans for your first greenhouse vegetable production and more with a few useful tips. This workshop will provide insight on what Mark and Fran have learned during their greenhouse site: preparation, building, orientation, and other critical elements, as well as market considerations.

Beginner - Intermediate
Ballroom C

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Cover Cropping Options for Weed Control, Soil Building, and Protection

Tuesday, November 28, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM   

Through his work with Vernon Rodd at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Harrington Research Farm in PEI the last 5 years, Roger has experimented with many single and multi-species cover crop combinations. He will share his on-farm observations and discoveries related to the uniqueness of the PEI climate and welcome conversation from audience members to share their successes and challenges with specific cover crops and combinations throughout the region.

Intermediate
MacLeod Room

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Quality Blooms Start the Moment You Harvest

Tuesday, November 28, 11:30 AM - 12:30 AM   

After months of planning and selecting your varieties, don't get caught feeling lost with questions in the field. When should I cut? Would pinching benefit? Would cutting the "mothers" benefit? What temperature should I set my cooler? How long will they last? Get all these questions and more answered by knowing proper harvest stages and post-harvest care.

Intermediate
MacDonald Room

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Organic Value Chain Roundtable – Evaluation of Opportunities and Risks for the Organic Sector

Tuesday, November 28, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   

The Organic Value Chain Roundtable (OVCRT) is a collaborative platform between the federal government and the organic industry. It brings stakeholders together to share information, increase Canadian organic capacity, support development of markets, and help guide research and innovation.

The OVCRT is currently undergoing an evaluation of the Canadian policy environment, markets and other external factors that could influence our sector in the next 5 years. The evaluation will be a pivotal document that will nurture reflexion on ongoing priorities for the roundtable.

Please join members of the OVCRT for an in-depth conversation about opportunities and risks that might impact the future competitiveness of Canada’s organic sector.

MacDonald Room

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Slow Tools - Appropriate Technology for the Small Farm

Tuesday, November 28, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   

In this special lunchtime session, several new tools will be presented that have been recently developed as a direct result of collaboration with the Slow Tools Group. Discussion will include their back story, how they came to be, and how they optimize efficiency for the small-scale or beginning farmer. There will be a projected presentation as well as several physical examples of innovative new tools present to see and touch.

MacDonald Room

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Grain Cleaning and Drying / NEEOGrain Update

Tuesday, November 28, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

In the spirit of virtual/regional collaboration, Ellen Mallory will provide updates for the new NEEOGRAIN Network including the interregional listserve, potential training opportunities and new ideas for collaboration moving forward. NEEOGRAIN Farmers will also provide short presentations on their systems for cleaning, drying, storing, and ventilating organic grains to maintain high quality grains and seed. Content in whole or part presented remotely.

Intermediate
MacLeod Room

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Perennial Edibles for a Food Forest Garden

Tuesday, November 28, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

This workshop will cover perennial edibles available in the Maritimes including nuts, berries, roots, and herbs. Estelle will draw on her homesteading experience to deliver information on propagation requirements, harvesting needs, and edible and medicinal uses. Estelle will also cover the design principles needed to grow an ecologically diverse and resilient perennial landscape. By focusing on the seven layers of a forest you can grow an edible landscape that works with nature and reduces maintenance and input needs.

All Levels
Nova Scotia Room

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Root Cellar Design and Development - Part I

Tuesday, November 28, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

Root cellars help us extend the garden season by putting away ‘living foods’ during the cold months. After over a decade of commercial root cellaring we exam the best design tips to make a great cellar for any situation. Rife with photos and plans from different cellars, this two-part workshop dives into how to design a cellar from scratch: siting, construction details, and layout. This workshop examines all stages of cellar development from start to finish from the perspective of designing for smooth cellar construction and best cellar outcome.

Beginner
Ballroom C

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New Genetic Engineering Techniques: New and Different? Or Same and Risky?

Tuesday, November 28, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

The biotechnology industry is excited about new genome editing techniques that promise to produce new genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) seeds, pesticides and animals faster, and more efficiently - a promise of targeted precision and new designs. But are these technologies actually more reliable and predictable? Will they resolve the global controversies over GM foods? What products are being developed and what are the risks? The pressure is on for organics to accept the products of new genetic engineering technologies – but where will these technologies take us?

All Levels
MacDonald Room

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How to talk intelligently about GMOs

Tuesday, November 28, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   

Everyone’s talking about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). But is anyone making sense? Your customers are asking you about GM foods, what can you tell them? Your neighbours insist they know what’s happening, are they right? The biotechnology industry wants us all to feel like only scientists can discuss this technology – that’s fake news! This interactive session will provide some information, updates, and analytical tools for critical thinking on GMOs so you can sort the wheat from the chaff.

All Levels
MacDonald Room

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Farm to Enterprise: Developing Partnerships and Adding Value to Level Up

Tuesday, November 28, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   

From the farmer, to the miller, to the baker, Oechsner Farms is an organic grain farm that works as part of a fully integrated grain enterprise. The workshop will cover why and how they developed (and maintain) these partnerships, and what it means for the farm and wider community. The session will also touch on their work with local micro-breweries and distilleries which further diversifies farm income and partnerships, and adds value to their organic grain.

Workshop content will be presented remotely. 

Advanced
MacLeod Room

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A Regenerative Agro-Ecological System

Tuesday, November 28, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   

André Leu’s farm is what he refers to as a “regenerative agro-ecological system”. This system is designed to minimize inputs and labour and maximize productivity, nutrient recycling, and biodiversity. Leu believes that we can reverse climate change through this type of organic farming if we achieve a sufficient increase in the amount of carbon stored in soils. Not only does a regenerative agro-ecological system encourage soil carbon accumulation, but it is also increases farm resilience and adaptability to climate change by increasing the ability to capture and store water, as well as resist heavy rains and droughts. In this workshop, Leu will introduce this idea of a regenerative agro-ecological system and share tips and techniques from his own organic farm.

All Levels
Nova Scotia Room

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Root Cellar Design and Development - Part II

Tuesday, November 28, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   

The second part of this workshop continues with an overview of the stages of root cellar construction and development. Make sure to bring your questions and specific considerations for your farm.

Intermediate
Ballroom C

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National Sector Development in Organic Agriculture

Wednesday, November 29, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM   With Interpretation

Adam will discuss national organic sector development efforts in Canada. The presentation will provide a brief overview of key initiatives and activities impacting the organic sector in Canada including: the work of the Organic Value Chain Roundtable, Organic Trade Arrangements, Programs and Policies, Data Development, and Sector Analysis.  

All Levels
Nova Scotia Room

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Adam Cull discutera des efforts de développement du secteur biologique au Canada. La présentation donnera un bref aperçu des principales initiatives et activités ayant une incidence sur le secteur biologique au Canada, notamment le travail de la Table ronde sur la chaîne de valeur des produits biologiques, les accords commerciaux biologiques, les programmes et les politiques, le développement des données et l'analyse sectorielle.

Tous les niveaux
Nova Scotia Room

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Votre ferme est un outil de développement rural / Your Farm is a Rural Development Tool

Wednesday, November 29, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   With Interpretation

L'atelier portera sur des exemples concrets que les paysannes de la Ferme Terre Partagée de Rogersville entreprends dans leur communauté pour alimenter la révolution agroécologique mondiale. De jardin collectif à Festival folk fraises en passant par une université rurale et des soupers communautaires, il y en aura pour tout les goûts.

Tous les niveaux
Nova Scotia Room

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The workshop will focus on concrete examples that the farmers at la Ferme Terre Partagée de Rogersville are undertaking in their communities to fuel the global agro-ecological revolution. From a collective garden to Folk Strawberry Festival, to a rural university and community dinners, there will be something for everyone.

All Levels
Nova Scotia Room

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Hop Talk

Wednesday, November 29, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

Hops are hot! But sometimes not. When planting a perennial crop, it is worth thoroughly thinking out site selection and other key factors to avoid running into trouble. Come discuss small-scale hops production with Perennia Specialist Rosalie Gillis-Madden. Learn about the basics of site selection, trellis design, and hops production with some key market and cost of production tips. Bring your questions!

Intermediate
MacLeod Room

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The Butcher’s Dilemma - Part I

Wednesday, November 29, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

This workshop will focus on the past and current state of affairs in the meat retail industry. Andrew will talk about how and why certain parts of the industry are being attacked and give answers for how to sell meat through the most efficient style of butcher shop. He will also discuss how the farmers and butchers of today need to focus on our country's education system to help explain the impacts that our everyday food choices have on the environment and the economy.

Intermediate
MacDonald Room

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The Permabed System

Wednesday, November 29, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

One of the ways to farm more ecologically and improve long-term profitability is to diversify production. However, this can be challenging when efficiency and income must be maintained in the short-term while transitioning to better management practices. In addition, diversity of production can require different tools, techniques, and knowledge which may strain the farm manager. Our Permabed System is a garden management solution that includes a garden layout, principles and V for transitioning towards Guild Crop Production and Agro-ecological Land Patterning.It is scalable from 300 sq. feet to 3000 acres and emphasizes soil building practices alongside practical field management.

Intermediate
Ballroom C

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Comment se faire inviter dans la cuisine de ses clients? / How Do You Get Invited to Their Kitchen?

Wednesday, November 29, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM   With Interpretation

Cet atelier offrira des alternatives au marketing traditionnel. Rébeka présentera des initiatives mise en place à la Ferme Terre Partagée de Rogersville qui deviennent des outil de marketing non-délibéré. Échanges de légumes contre des conserves, Incubation paysanne et ravigornage de champs sont quelques exemples d'idées folles devenues histoires à raconter.

Tous les niveaux
Nova Scotia Room

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​This workshop will offer alternatives to traditional marketing. Rébeka will present initiatives at la Ferme Terre Partagée de Rogersville that are becoming non-deliberate marketing tools. Exchanges of vegetables for canned foods, the Peasant (farmer) Incubation project, and field gleaning are some examples of crazy ideas becoming stories to share.

All Levels
Nova Scotia Room

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The Butcher’s Dilemma - Part II

Wednesday, November 29, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM   

Part II delves into the future of the meat industry and how Atlantic Canadian producers can continue to be part of the national conversation. With Amazon buying Whole Foods, and Google and Walmart teaming up, the transition has begun from our current style of shopping in urban areas to having food delivered to homes on the cheap. Places like Memphis Meats are focused on stem cell research for deathless meat, hoping to gain the ethical upper hand on the farming community. Bring your ideas and thoughts for solutions!

Intermediate
MacDonald Room

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No-Till Vegetable Experiments/Research

Wednesday, November 29, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM   

No-till and minimal till vegetables – What are people trying? Come share your own and hear other farmers’ experiences in no-till vegetable (or any crop for that matter) production. After hearing from no-till researcher Carolyn Marshall and Broadfork Farm’s trials and experiments, this session will be an open farmer-to-farmer conversation about what has worked (or not worked) for others. Come to share your experiences, ask questions, and think up new innovative ideas!

Intermediate
Ballroom C

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Farm Hack Hop Dryer

Wednesday, November 29, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM   

In this short presentation, Charles Ryan describes his experience in building a small scale hop drier from plans made by Chris Callahan, of the University of Vermont. This may be useful to any small scale growers wishing to have a controlled environment for drying herbs, flowers, garlic, onions, etc.

Beginner
Ballroom C

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Peaches in Nova Scotia - Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, November 29, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM   

Interest is growing in peach production in the Maritimes.  With pockets of unique microclimates for growing this tasty fruit, Nova Scotia has the largest number of peach producers in all four Atlantic provinces. Kevin will share with attendees the challenges and opportunities that he and his wife Jennifer have encountered in their 15+ years of farming a U-pick Peach Orchard in Kingsport, NS.  

Intermediate
MacLeod Room

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Combating Fusarium Basal Rot of Bulb Onion and Allium species in Nova Scotia

Wednesday, November 29, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM   

Characterising regionally relevant strains of Fusarium oxysporum, isolating Trichoderma species from local soils, and determining their value as biological control agents using dual culture lab trials and greenhouse bioassays.

Intermediate
Ballroom C

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CSA 101 - Ask our local CSA experts! / Panier Bio 101 - Demandez à nos experts locaux!

Wednesday, November 29, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM   With Interpretation

Pensez de commencer avec des panier bio ou apprendre plus sur ce modèle de commercialisation vos produits agricoles? Voici l'occasion de demander des questions à des agriculteurs experts dans notre région.

Tous les niveaux
Fermier-à-Fermier
Nova Scotia Room

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Starting a CSA or new to this model of marketing your agricultural products? Here's your chance to ask questions from experienced CSA farmers in our region.

All Levels
Farmer-to-Farmer
Nova Scotia Room

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  • TBA

Responsible Beekeeping

Wednesday, November 29, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM   

Join expert beekeeper Jerry Draheim as he outlines considerations for raising bees responsibly.  Covering the basics of beekeeping including life cycle, hive site selection, monitoring colony temperament, equipment requirements and resources to guide you to healthy and productive hives.   

All Levels
MacDonald Room

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Possibilities in Organic Peach Production

Wednesday, November 29, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

Tender fruit production can be challenging for any producer regardless of certification status.  Join veteran fruit producer Brian Boates and others for a roundtable discussion on what might be possible for organic peach production in the Maritimes.   

Intermediate - Advanced
MacLeod Room

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Garlic Production

Wednesday, November 29, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

Garlic is an amazing crop! Each bulb is food, medicine, and seed. Why is garlic such a unique crop? How does garlic balance well into the garden or market garden for space/time/energy? What are the best techniques for successful organic production? This workshop explores garlic from seed to seed by following its production cycle over 12 months, including seed selection, bed preparation, pest and disease, harvest, curing, and more. Includes variety suggestions for different climates, market venues, and personal tastes!

Advanced
Ballroom C

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Dig Deeper - Growing CSAs in Atlantic Canada / Les panier bio en croissance

Wednesday, November 29, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   With Interpretation

Join members of The Atlantic Farmshare Network for a farmer-to-farmer discussion on advancing the CSA movement in the region. Connect with other CSA farmers to discuss specific concerns about your CSA (customer retention, customers' favourite varieties, post-harvest handling, etc.) and explore collaborative solutions to promoting CSAs more broadly.  

Intermediate - Advanced
Farmer-to-Farmer
Nova Scotia Room

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Joignez les membres du Réseau atlantique de paniers bio pour une discussion entre agriculteurs sur l'avancement du mouvement ASC dans la région. Discutez entre agriculteurs ASC de préoccupations particulières concernant votre ASC (fidélisation de la clientèle, variétés favorites des clients, manutention après récolte, etc.) et explorez des solutions collaboratives pour promouvoir les ASC en plus.

Intermédiaire - Avancé
Fermier-à-Fermier
Nova Scotia Room

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