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Our Mission

Since 2000, ACORN has been the key organization for information on organic agriculture, eating organics, and connecting all the parts together. From seed to farmer to consumer, ACORN works to bring the whole picture together–making food choices healthier and more environmentally responsible.

ACORN's Impact Policy is informed by the Principles of Organic Agriculture. These principles reflect the contribution that organic agriculture endeavors to make, and can guide the advancement of all agriculture*.

Principle of Health - Organic agriculture should sustain and enhance the health of soil, plant, animal, human and planet as one and indivisible.

Principle of Ecology - Organic agriculture should be based on living ecological systems and cycles, work with them, emulate them and help sustain them.

Principle of Fairness - Organic agriculture should build on relationships that ensure fairness with regard to the common environment and life opportunities.

Principle of Care - Organic agriculture should be managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations and the environment.

* IFOAM Organics International

ACORN exists to enhance the viability and growth of the Atlantic Canadian organic community through a unified regional network.

This will be achieved by ensuring sufficient resources are allocated to the following pillars:

  • Educating and Empowering

    Farmers and producers, about:

    • production skills and methods
    • business and marketing
    • organic certification
    • seed sovereignty and diversity

     

    Consumers, about:

    • understanding organic standards and practices
    • organic products (what, why, and where to buy)
  • Fostering the Organic Network

    For collaboration within:

    • the agricultural community
    • the organic value-chain
  • Support and Action

    For progress on:

    • organic food and agriculture policies
    • organic agricultural programs and action
    • environmental health and sustainability
    • food sovereignty in Atlantic Canada