Here at ACORN we firmly believe that organic food is best grown close to home, and thanks to the hard work of nearly 170 organic producers and processors, we don’t have to make a choice between local or organic – we can get the benefit of both!
Search ACORN’s Organic Directory to see where you can find local organic food all across Atlantic Canada.
We know what you're thinking - sure, I'd love to support organic, but why does it cost more?
There are a number of reasons! For one, organic production costs are higher. More labour is required, but also more space - there is a limit to how many organic animals can be raised in a barn and natural fertility building and pest management strategies like green manures and crop rotation mean organic farmland is not always planted with a crop destined for market.
Organic farming is all about the long view. High quality farming isn’t easy and it’s not cheap. Organic farmers aren’t just removing the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, GMOs, etc, they’re replacing the role of those toxic items with labour, knowledge, time, and nature’s systems. When you pay for organic food, you’re paying to build soil and provide habitat and food sources for other species. You’re paying for high quality food RIGHT NOW without taking away the soil’s capacity to provide food IN THE FUTURE.
On top of that, organic demand currently exceeds supply. And the price of organic food reflects the value of many factors non-organic food doesn't take into account such as environmental protection, avoidance of health risks related to pesticides, greater rural employment opportunities, and more.
To learn more about organic check out our Organic FAQ Guide.