Organic farming is knowledge-intensive. Learn as much as you can before making the transition to organic.
ACORN can help!
Become an ACORN member. Join our community to receive event discounts, receive member-only enews, access ACORN’s Supplier Discount Program and, if you’re certified organic, we’ll highlight your profile in our online organic directory.
Visit ACORN Resources to research the types of organic operations and products offered in Atlantic Canada and where people are buying them, search the organic library, and learn where to find local seed, supplies and services.
Attend an ACORN webinar, conference or farm tour. Upcoming Events.
- Connect with a Provincial Organic Association
Research Online Resources
Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada offers many useful resources including research results, producer bulletins, and the Organic Science Canada Magazine.
Canadian Organic Growers website offers a variety of resources including a guide to the Canadian Organic Standards and a range of Practical Skills Handbooks.
Canada Organic Trade Association offers market and production data.
Organic Materials Review Institute (Canada) maintains lists of products that are acceptable to use under organic standards. Companies apply to OMRI to have their products reviewed.
Farm Resilience Mentorship (FaRM) program from Farmers for Climate Solutions is a free learning hub offering online resources, access to experienced farmer mentors, and a network of farmers on: cover cropping, grazing management, and nitrogen management.
- Listen to Podcasts
Contact Provincial Extension Services
Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Land
Dan Clavin, Organic and Perennial Crop Development Officer
New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries
Claude Bertheleme, Environment Services and Crop Specialists (Unit)
Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture
Jane White, Crop Development Officer
Perennia offers government-supported no fee services to eligible Nova Scotia producers who own a provincially-registered farm operation and are producing for commercial sale. Perennia Field Services Staff
Contact a Certifying Body (CB)
Speak with a CB representative to discuss your needs. Several certification bodies offer training materials:
- Atlantic Certified Organic (the Atlantic chapter of TransCanada Certified Organic)
- Centre for Systems Integration
- Organic Crop Improvement Association
- Attend a (Virtual) Conference Outside Atlantic Canada
Sign up for an Online University Course
Dalhousie University offers a Certificate of Specialization in Organic Agriculture (online).
World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is a network that helps place volunteers on organic farms. There are farms registered in nearly 100 countries, including Canada.