ACORN Conference Program

All Workshops

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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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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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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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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