The ACORN Board of Directors

ACORN is a membership-based non-profit incorporated cooperative with a ten member Board of Directors and an Executive Director.

Janice Melanson

NB, Executive Director

Brian Boates

NS, President

Brian operates Boates Farm, an orchard and u-pick operation in Woodville, NS that also creates a wonderful apple cider vinegar!

Sylvestre Dion

NS, Vice President

Phillipe Gervais

NB, Treasurer

Mike Beamish


Mike Beamish runs Beamish Orchard a small organic apple orchard (500 trees) just outside of Charlottetown, PEI, where he also runs Deep Roots Distillery.

Maurice Girouard


Maurice runs Ferme Agricole Girouard where he grows grains, beans, and pulses in Ste-Marie-de-Kent, NB.

Mike Lafortune


Mike brings his ranching experiencing to PEI, where he touts the many benefits of Dexter cattle: raised organically on his farm, Dexter Cattle Company

Rosemond MacDougall


Rosemond is the Co-Founder of Heatherdale Wholesome Goods in Eastern Prince Edward Island. Heatherdale prepares certified organic kitchen-ready products from locally grown grains & seeds. These include cold-pressed canola oil, fresh-milled oats and roasted pumpkin seeds.

Dakota Varen


Dakota Varen is a small-scale vegetable farmer in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia working towards a locally, organically produced product being a feasible option for low and average income individuals.

David Walsh


Joey Pittoello


Joey Pittoello has an undergraduate degree specializing inphysics but his life since then has been anything but specialized. After graduating from university, Joey lived for three years in Shikoku,Japan teaching English at public schools on a tiny island of 600 people in Shikoku, Japan. There he acquired an interest in small scale farming practices, human relationships with food, and agricultural policy. He returned to Canada to learn Organic farming practices and has been a small scale organic farmer ever since. Joey joined Just Us! Coffee Roasters as a chocolatier to support his farming habit in 2010. He has since worked as a coffee roaster, Director of Coffee, Operations Manager and now General Manager of the worker co-op of which he is a member. His partner Sarah, and two children Mia and Lewyn live near Wolfville, Nova Scotia on their small organic farm.


  • Susan MacKinnon, PEI Dept. of Agriculture & Forestry
  • Av Singh, Perennia
  • Terri MacPherson, NS Dept. Agriculture
  • Claude Bertheleme, NB Dept. of Agriculture, Aquaculture & Fisheries
  • Rose Halliday, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Jean Lambert, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Shawn Ingraham, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Jane White, Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Natural Resources