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

Vice President

Phillipe Gervais

NS, 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



  • 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