ACORN Conference Program

All Workshops

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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Program at a Glance