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2010 ACORN Conference Workshop Notes (Charlottetown, PEI)

ACORN's 10th anniversary conference Celebrating A Decade of Growth, took place at the Rodd Charlottetown in PEI, and included a full Berry Symposium.  Proceedings were taken for most workshops by volunteers, we hope you find them helpful!

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2013 CSA Trend Full Report

Want to learn more and gain insights into the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model in Atlantic Canada? The ACORNCSA Trend Report, a three-year trend report, is a synthesis of surveys conducted to solicit CSA/farmshare member feedback in 2010, 2011 and 2012. 

Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Educate

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2013 CSA Trend Summary Report

Want to learn more and gain insights into the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model in Atlantic Canada? ACORN's summary of our extensive CSA Trend Report (a three-year trend report) gives you an idea of the trends and risks of the CSA model.

Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Educate

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2013 Organic Greenhouse Conference Complete Notes

ACORN hosted a 2-day intensive Organic Greenhouse Conference in Moncton, NB in February, 2013.  This comprehensive resource includes the notes from every workshop presented at the conference, including:  Farm Case Studies; Nature Does the Trick (Introduction to Greenhouse Biocontrols); Best Practices for Organic, Low Tech Greenhouse Production; How We Use Biocontrols On Our Farm; On-Farm Transplant Production and Potting Mixes; Inputs for Disease and Pest Pressure; Nutrient Deficiencies in Greenhouse Soils; Salad Mix and Asian Greens; Greenhouse Tomatoes; Unusual/Gourmet Veggies.

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2014 ACORN Trade Show & Sponsorship Package

ACORN is excited to launch our trade show and sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 ACORN Conference and Trade Show, taking place in Halifax, NS from November 12-14. Over 500 farm delegates congregate for 3-days in a fun, intimate and engaging learning environment.  This is a must-see for any farm-related business wishing to access markets in Atlantic Canada's vibrant farming community!

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2014 At-A-Glance Conference Program

ACORN's 2014 Conference, Honouring Our Roots, Sowing Our Future took place November 12-14 in Halifax, Nova Scotia with over fifty workshops in 3 days, featuring Dr. Bob Bors, Chris Blanchard, Stacy Brenner and John Bliss, Jack Lazor, Harry Stoddart and so many more amazing speakers, including a keynote delivered by Dr. Vandana Shiva.  This program provides an at-a-glance view of the workshops and sessions that took place.

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2022 ACORN Conference, Drawing on the Strength of Community at Essex Farm with Kristin Kimball

2022 ACORN Conference, Drawing on the Strength of Community at Essex Farm with Kristin Kimball

Kristin Kimball is the author of the bestselling memoir The Dirty Life and its sequel, Good Husbandry. She and her husband Mark own and run Essex Farm in northeastern New York, where they produce a full diet, year-round, for 300 people. In this video, Kristin talks about how, in difficult times, we have an opportunity to harness the power of community to increase the resilience of our sustainable farms and local food systems.

ACORN Conference, Community Supported Agriculture

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2022 ACORN Conference, Storm-Cast soil amendment with Betsy Hartt

2022 ACORN Conference, Storm-Cast soil amendment with Betsy Hartt

Storm-Cast is a seaweed based soil amendment. Betsy tells us how it's made and how it's being used.

ACORN Conference, Soil & Compost

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2022 ACORN Conference: Atlantic grown seed

2022 ACORN Conference: Atlantic grown seed

Atlantic Grown Seed

Atlantic region growers are increasingly getting on board to grow, select, steward, and commercialize seed crops for self-sustainability, to access niche markets, keep our farming history alive, and to diversify farm income. Join Steph Hughes and Kaitlyn Duthie-Kannikkatt to find out more about local seeds!

Semences cultivées en Atlantique

Les producteurs de la région Atlantique s’embarquent pour cultiver, sélectionner, gérer et commercialiser les cultures de semences en matière d’autonomie, pour avoir accès aux marchés de niche, pour garder notre histoire agricole bien vivante, ainsi que pour diversifier les revenus agricoles. Joignez-vous à Steph Hughes et à Kaitlyn Duthie-Kannikkatt pour en savoir plus sur les semences locales !

ACORN Conference, Seed, Belong, Educate

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2022 ACORN Conference: Climate Change Adaptation

2022 ACORN Conference: Climate Change Adaptation

Climate Change Adaptation

We’ve all heard that climate change will bring new weather patterns and increased farming challenges. In this session, Alex Cadel will detail specific changes expected for each of the Atlantic Provinces while Adam MacLean will highlight farm design principles that can help increase agroecosystem resilience and adaptability, with a focus on effective water cycling.  

Adaptation aux changements climatiques 

Nous avons tous entendu dire que les changements climatiques vont apporter de nouveaux phénomènes climatiques et de plus grands défis pour l’agriculture. Dans cette session, Alex Cadel va détailler les changements spécifiques prévus pour chacune des provinces Atlantiques, alors qu’Adam MacLean va souligner les principes de design des fermes qui peuvent aider à augmenter la résilience et l’adaptabilité de l’agroécosystème, en mettant l’accent sur un cycle de l’eau efficace.

ACORN Conference, Climate Change, Educate

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2022 ACORN Conference: Farm and food cooperatives

2022 ACORN Conference: Farm and food cooperatives

Farm and Food Cooperatives

Difficult tasks become easier when people work together. Join us for a discussion on synergies created within farm and food cooperatives! Reid Allaway will share experiences operating a workers’ co-operative and some of the many projects on the go at Tourne-Sol Farm Cooperative. Dawn-Marie Matheson will give an overview of Ulnooweg Education Centre’s Community Garden and Food Security initiative created to increase food security within Indigenous communities.

Coopératives agricoles et alimentaires

Les tâches difficiles deviennent plus faciles quand les gens travaillent ensemble. Joignez-nous pour une discussion sur les synergies créées au sein des coopératives agricoles et alimentaires, ainsi que les innovations qui en ont résultées ! Reid Allaway va partager quelques-uns des nombreux projets en marche à la Ferme coopérative Tourne-Sol, au Québec, et Dawn-Marie Matheson va faire un survol de l’initiative « Ulnooweg Education Centre’s Community Garden and Food Security » qui fut créée pour augmenter la sécurité alimentaire au sein des communautés autochtones.

ACORN Conference, Community Supported Agriculture, Farm Management, Educate

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2022 ACORN Conference: Food hubs, making connections

2022 ACORN Conference: Food hubs, making connections

Food Hubs: Making Connections

Food hubs bring together producers, pooling resources for greater production capacity and stability, and allowing access to larger markets. We’ll hear experiences from three food hubs, each unique to the community they serve: The Station Food Hub (NS), Western NL Food Hub, and PEI Growers Station. Join us to find out how these food hubs got started and what they’ve learned along the way!

Pôles agroalimentaires : Établir des liens

Les pôles agroalimentaires rassemblent les producteurs, mutualisant les ressources pour une meilleure capacité et stabilité de production, permettant aussi un accès à de plus grands marchés. Nous entendrons les expériences de trois pôles agroalimentaires, chacun unique à la communauté qu’il dessert : le « Station Food Hub » (N.-É.), le « Western NL Food Hub » et la « PEI Growers Station ». Joignez-nous pour apprendre comment ces pôles agroalimentaires furent mis sur pied et qu’est-ce qui fut appris le long de leurs parcours !

ACORN Conference, Infrastructure & Equipment, Value-Added, Belong, Create

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2022 ACORN Conference: Getting the Season Off on the Right Foot

2022 ACORN Conference: Getting the Season Off on the Right Foot

Getting the Season Off on the Right Foot: Making the Most of Your High Value Spaces

High tunnels and other covered growing spaces extend the growing season, increase potential crop diversity and, ultimately, increase income. These spaces also require specialized skills for fertility, pest and environmental management. Join Rosalie Gillis-Madden and Talia Plaskett, Perennia Horticulture Specialists, to learn about transplant production and early season steps for season long production in high tunnels. 

Entamer la saison sur le bon pied : Tirer le meilleur parti de vos espaces de grande valeur

Les grands tunnels et autres espaces de croissance sous couvert prolongent la saison de croissance, ce qui augmente le potentiel de diversité des cultures et, en bout de ligne, augmente les revenus. Ces espaces exigent également des compétences spécialisées dans la gestion de la fertilitié, des espèces nuisibles et de l’environnement. Joignez-vous à Rosalie Gillis-Madden et Talia Plaskett, de « Perennia Horticulture Specialists », 

ACORN Conference, Horticulture, Season Extension, Educate

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2022 ACORN Conference: No-till Market Farming with Jesse Frost

2022 ACORN Conference: No-till Market Farming with Jesse Frost

Organic No-till Market Farming

No-till farming has many advantages including less soil erosion, less labour and fuel inputs and a more robust soil food-web. But is organic no-till farming even possible? Join farmer, author, and podcast host, Jesse Frost, as he details what no-till is and how to adapt it to your climate, scale and available materials.

Agriculture maraichère biologique culturale simplifiée

L’agriculture sans labourgage a plusieurs avantages, y compris moins d’érosion du sol, moins de main-d’œuvre, moins d’intrants et un réseau trophique plus robuste dans les sols. Mais, l’agriculture biologique sans labourage est-elle même possible ? Joignez-vous à nous alors que le fermier, auteur et animateur de podcast Jesse Frost va détailler ce qu’est l’agriculture sans labour et comment l’adapter à votre climat, à votre échelle, à vos matériaux disponibles et plus encore.

ACORN Conference, Soil & Compost, Educate

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2022 ACORN Conference: Online selling for the direct marketer

2022 ACORN Conference: Online selling for the direct marketer

Online Selling for the Direct Marketer

Would you like to move your sales online, control your own brand and grow your business? Nicole Burkhard will explain different online selling options and highlight businesses that are successfully using direct marketing. 

Vente en ligne pour la vente en direct

Est-ce que vous aimeriez amener vos ventes en ligne, contrôler votre propre marque et élargir votre entreprise ? Nicole Burkhard va expliquer les différentes options de vente en direct et mettre en vedette les entreprises qui utilisent la vente en direct avec succès.

ACORN Conference, Farm Management, Educate

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7 Years of CSA Farming with Profits with Daniel Brisebois and Emily Board

7 Years of CSA Farming with Profits with Daniel Brisebois and Emily Board

Community Supported Agriculture

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A Guide To Successful Subsoiling

This guide focuses on the remediation of compaction through subsoiling. When properly done, subsoiling loosens the soil allowing roots to penetrate deeper into the profile, increasing the depth of water infiltration, and improving conditions conducive to biological activity. It is therefore the starting point for the alleviation of compacted soils. However, subsoiling is a complex and expensive operation which must be well planned and executed in order to achieve the desired results. Problems caused by improperly executed subsoiling may outweigh the benefits. In order for this operation to be successful it is important to understand both the optimal field conditions for subsoiling and the basic mechanics involved.

Soil & Compost

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A guide to using crop covers in the Maritimes by Janet Wallace and Jennifer Scott

A guide to using crop covers in the Maritimes by Janet Wallace and Jennifer Scott: Why use cover crops?, Uses of cover crops, How to use cover crops, Cover Crop Profiles, Farmer's Guide to Reducing Nutrient Loss using Catch Crops, Make the most of legumes to fix and keep nitrogen in your soil, Green manures in the garden rotation

Grain & Field Crops

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Achieving quality vegetable seed through pollination control

Presented by Will Bonsall at the 2015 ACORN Conference PEI

ACORN Conference, Bees & Pollination, Seed

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ACORN Meet Your Farmer Bike Tours

ACORN Meet Your Farmer Bike Tours

In summer 2011, the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network organized the 1st Meet Your Farmer Bike tours in Maritime Canada. Check out this short video!

Getting Started With Organic Farming, Urban Farming & Gardening

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ACORN's Brochure on New Food Opportunities with Local Organics

ACORN's brochure on new food opportunities with local organics

Getting Started With Organic Farming