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   

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

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

Deriving a livelihood from your small business, seizing ad crafting opportunities, hustling your product.

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Taking the Mystery out of Organic Standards

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

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Cultivating Justice: Recognizing and Respecting the Contributions of Migrant Farmworkers

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

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Building an Effective Network to Advance On-farm Research

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

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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 & tactics worth implementing at your market stand.

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New Canadian Farmers in the Maritimes

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

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Organic Certification Process

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

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Effective On-farm Research for Organic Field Crop Producers

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

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Managing Staff on the Farm - Part I

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

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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.

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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. 

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Managing Staff on the Farm - Part II

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

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Social Media Marketing Training - Part II

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?

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Program at a Glance