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.

Executive Director

  • Theresa Richards
    Sackville, NB

​2015 ACORN Board of Directors:

    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!

    Amy Smith, PEI Vice President

    Amy runs Heartbeet Organics with her partner Verena Varga: a one-acre (with two greenhouses) intensive mixed veggie operation serving Charlottetown, PEI!

    Charles Ryan, NS Treasurer

    Charles and his partner Jessy run Wysmykal Farm located on the Amherst Shore of NS, serving Amherst & Sackville, NB with a variety of mixed vegetables!

    Shannon Jones, NS Secretary

    Shannon and her partner Bryan own and operate Broadfork Farm in River Hebert, NS, where they grow mixed vegetables to serve the Moncton, Dieppe and nearby restaurant markets.

    Mike Lafortune, PEI

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

    Mike Beamish, PEI

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

    Levi Lawrence, NB Retailer

    Levi is the mastermind behind Real Food Connections: NB’s all-local grocery store!

    Maurice Girouard, NB

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

    Corinne Higdon-Ward, NL

    Corinne and her business partner Lisa run Roots Country Farm outside of St. John’s NL!


  • 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