ACORN Conference Program

All Workshops

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.

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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.

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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.

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Root Cellar Design and Development - Part II

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

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