ACORN Conference Program

All Workshops

So You Have An Idea? Steps to Creating a Value-Added Product

Monday, November 26, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   

This workshop will focus on taking a great product idea to market. Peter will examine proven commercialization processes, explaining the steps in detail, using emerging products as examples.

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Grazing & Pasture Management - Morning Session

Monday, November 26, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM   

This day-long school opens with a morning session focused on creating a solid understanding of the basic principles of good grazing management systems. Please note this session is the only workshop being held at this time, concurrent with our Study Tours, off-site.

Full Day Grazing School Workshop Description:  The morning portion of this workshop will focus on creating a solid understanding of the basic principles of good grazing management systems.  Starting first from the plants perspective, we will look at the needs of perennial pasture plants and how to meet those needs by following the grazing guidelines.  From there we will do some group exercises and practice to learn how to measure the amount of feed in a pasture, calculate paddock sizes, stocking densities, stocking rates and understand what the ideal number of acres for a flock or herd is.  We will then look at some real on-farm examples to practice and learn more about perennial plant anatomy and physiology. 

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Regenerative, No-till Vegetables at Scale - L’agriculture sans labour, et travail minime du sol

Monday, November 26, 1:00PM - 2:00 PM   With Interpretation

Durant cette session nous verrons comment à la Grelinette nous avons développé un système sans labour au cours des années. Nous parlerons des avantages d’une agriculture au travail minime du sol ainsi que les outils utilisés pour soutenir un sol sain et des jardins propres.

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This session will give you an overview of how we developed a no-till system over the years. Come and learn the advantages of no-till farming and the tools we use to have healthy soil and clean beds.

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Finding the Sweet Spot on a Small Organic Farm Part 1

Monday, November 26, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   

Gillian Flies and Brent Preston describe their ten-year journey from beginner farmers to operators of a profitable and sustainable organic farm. Guided by a set of core principles, Gillian and Brent have built a farm business that provides for their family’s financial and emotional needs; a farm that makes money, enhances the local environment and builds community. Learn how they analyzed many variables - scale, crop mix, production methods, markets, location and personal preference - to find a model that works. This workshop will include detailed crop production, marketing, sales and financial information.

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The Creative Application of Grazing Science Part 1

Monday, November 26, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   

Starting from the plants’ perspective, we will look at the needs of perennial pasture plants and how to meet those needs by following the grazing guidelines. From there, we will do some group exercises and practice on measuring the amount of feed in a pasture, calculating paddock sizes, stocking densities, stocking rates, and understanding what the ideal number of acres for a flock or herd is.  We will then look at some real, on-farm examples to practice and learn more about perennial plant anatomy and physiology.

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The Chemistry of Cannabis & Adding Value to Organics

Monday, November 26, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   

Delta 9-THC and its up-and-coming cousin, CBD are currently the most popular molecules in the cannabis plant, despite the fact that the plant has hundreds of potentially beneficial chemicals. Join Av Singh, as he discusses some of the equally interesting compounds within the cannabis plant including other cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids. Av will present their medicinal benefits but also highlight some of the intended uses as ingredients in food and cosmetics.

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Finding the Sweet Spot on a Small Organic Farm Part 2

Monday, November 26, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   

This session is a continuation from Part 1. Gillian Flies and Brent Preston describe their ten-year journey from beginner farmers to operators of a profitable and sustainable organic farm. Guided by a set of core principles, Gillian and Brent have built a farm business that provides for their family’s financial and emotional needs; a farm that makes money, enhances the local environment and builds community. Learn how they analyzed many variables - scale, crop mix, production methods, markets, location and personal preference - to find a model that works. This workshop will include detailed crop production, marketing, sales and financial information.

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Variétés de légumes et calendrier de successions - Vegetable Varieties & Planting Schedules for ...

Monday, November 26, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   With Interpretation

Variétés de légumes et calendrier de successions - Vegetable Varieties & Planting Schedules for Maximum Performance

La planification du calendrier de production est essentielle lorsque l'on produit pour des marchés fermiers, des restaurants ou des paniers bio. Comment planifier pour avoir des récoltes successives? Quelles sont les variétés que nous utilisons à la Grelinette? Une présentation détaillée des dates et variétés.

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Planning ahead of the season is essential when farming for farmers markets, CSA or restaurants. How do we plan for tight successions? Which varieties do well? We’ll explore creating a detailed plan of relevant dates and varieties.

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The Creative Application of Grazing Science Part 2

Monday, November 26, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   

This session is a continuation from Part 1. Starting from the plants’ perspective, we will look at the needs of perennial pasture plants and how to meet those needs by following the grazing guidelines. From there, we will do some group exercises and practice on measuring the amount of feed in a pasture, calculating paddock sizes, stocking densities, stocking rates, and understanding what the ideal number of acres for a flock or herd is.  We will then look at some real, on-farm examples to practice and learn more about perennial plant anatomy and physiology.   

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On-Farm Events: Strengthening Organics and Building Profits

Monday, November 26, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM   

Gillian Flies, co-owner of The New Farm, near Creemore, Ontario, has capitalized on an explosion in interest in on-farm events to create an important new revenue stream for her farm business. Gillian has built a commercial kitchen and event space on the farm, and now hosts over 2000 visitors per year. Learn how fundraisers, tours, corporate events and restaurant pop-ups can generate marketing buzz, build profits and educate the public about organic agriculture.

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Manipulation des récoltes et vente directe de légumes frais- Post-Harvest Crop Handling & Storage

Monday, November 26, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM   With Interpretation

Un exposé sur l'économie de nos choix pour vendre des légumes frais plutôt que des légumes d’entreposage. Comment manipuler les récoltes de façon efficace tout en gardant la fraîcheur des produits de la récolte à la vente.

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A talk about the economics of selling fresh vegetables compared to long term storage, followed by how to handle crops for maximum freshness and efficiency, from harvest to selling.

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The Transition Timeline (and Knowing the Rules)

Monday, November 26, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM   

This workshop intends to initiate farmers to the expectation of an Organic Certification. The following subject will be presented and offer support to farmer newly involve in Organics;

  • Overview of the Canada Organic Regime (COR) and an Introduction to Canada Organic Standard (COS)
  • CGSB 32.310 General Principles and Management Standards
  • CGSB 32.311 Permitted Substances Lists
  • Organic Principles
  • Prohibited Substances
  • Organic Plan and Records
  • Handling; Organic Integrity
  • Transition Requirements
  • Land; Crop
  • Livestock
  • Special Crops - Apiculture & Maple
  • Application Process to Certification

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The Grazier’s Tool Box Part 1

Monday, November 26, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM   

This afternoon we will look at pasture from the livestock perspective, learning techniques to meet their nutritional needs, maximize pasture dry matter intake, provide low stress handling, provide the correct supplemental feeds and minerals, and when shade or shelter should be planned into the grazing.  We will also spend time discussing techniques to monitor and assess the health of the pasture ecosystem, and the performance and well-being of the livestock.

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The Grazier’s Tool Box part 2

Monday, November 26, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM   

This session is a continuation from Part 1. In the afternoon we will look at pasture from the livestock perspective, learning techniques to meet their nutritional needs, maximize pasture dry matter intake, provide low-stress handling, provide the correct supplemental feeds and minerals, and when shade or shelter should be planned into the grazing.  We will also spend time discussing techniques to monitor and assess the health of the pasture ecosystem, and the performance and well-being of the livestock.

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What Works for Maritime Winter Green Production - Infrastructure

Monday, November 26, 4:30 PM - 5:30PM   

This session will be focused on winter production in a Maritime climate, where participants will share their own experiences, learn from others, and collectively arrive at solutions to some of the universal challenges that come with trying to grow crops in a cold climate. Come ready to talk about equipment, varieties, harvest, and post-harvest handling and storage, and share your honest experiences.

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But what do I do About the Weeds? ... and Other Burning Questions

Monday, November 26, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM   

Using her own experience as a farmer and inspector, Allison will guide this session, helping beginner farmers to get answers to some of their most burning questions from experienced farmers in the room.

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The Business of Farming

Monday, November 26, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM   

Do you know what you don’t know when it comes to the business of your organic farming enterprise? I do. Ronda will share her observations from 30 years working directly with farmers on farms of all sizes and descriptions. She will talk about how the records you keep and the data you routinely collect on your farm can provide insight into how your business is actually performing.

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Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast - Danny Bruce

Tuesday, November 27, 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM   

Looking for some company over breakfast? Join Danny Bruce, of Bruce Family Farm (NS) and others for a morning conversation. Bring your questions and ideas about farming. Livestock farmer with questions about waterers?  Veggie grower with pest and insect questions? The conversation is up to you! Space is limited so please arrive early to ensure you get a seat. Held at Private Dining Room in the Hotel Restaurant

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Plenary Speech: Making Good Food Accessible

Tuesday, November 27, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM   

Gillian Flies is the co-owner of The New Farm, a profitable organic farm that sells vegetables to speciality retailers and many of the best restaurants in southern Ontario. But she realized early in her farming career that she wanted to be more than just a purveyor of salad to the 1%. What started as a small fundraiser in the barnyard in 2010 has grown into a multi-faceted program to make quality organic food accessible to all, a deep partnership with Community Food Centres Canada, and a fundraising effort that has now raised more than a million dollars. Learn how increasing accessibility can grow profits for small farms and strengthen the entire food system.

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Making Good Food Accesible: Community Panel

Tuesday, November 27, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

Representatives from The New Farm, Abegweit First Nation, and Hayes Urban Farm

Attendees will learn about distinct and effective approaches to making good food accessible in local or marginalized communities through education, self-determination, and community building. Hayes Urban Farm in New Brunswick will share their experiences and goals getting a teaching farm operational in an urban environment. Youth members of the Abegweit First Nation in Scotchfort will talk about their role in addressing food insecurity in their community.

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Innovative Farming: Newest Tech & Tools

Tuesday, November 27, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

Come to this session with the “top 5” tools and tech you cannot live without on your farm, and hear from others what gear makes their farm tick. Be ready to share ideas, learn from others in the room, and maybe even see some good video descriptions!

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Cover Crops for Resilient Organic Farms, from the Soil Up

Tuesday, November 27, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

Klaas and Mary-Howell bring a unique combination of the theoretical and practical to every session they lead. In this workshop, the Martens' will talk about strategies for cover cropping in organic rotations. They will explain how they target cover crops for effective weed control and pest management; what different species accomplish; how cover crops can also be used as forage crops, and some of the benefits cover crops provide in longer rotations.

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Livestock & Grazing Management Part 1

Tuesday, November 27, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

With nearly 400 slides, Joel walks you through the farm, from forestry to water systems, to pigaerating. He’ll take you through haying, grazing management, pastured pigs, pastured poultry, portable infrastructure, irrigation, and pasture cropping. Heavily how-to with a liberal dose of why, this is as close to a farm visit as you can get from a conference classroom.

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Weed Management & Economic Thresholds

Tuesday, November 27, 11:30 AM - 12:30 AM   

Using on-farm examples, Klaas and Mary-Howell will share their own experience and current research on effective weed management strategies. They will talk about specific tools and equipment modifications, the importance of understanding weed biology and economic thresholds especially as it pertains to soil health. They will also focus on designing effective crop rotations, the use of cover crops and allelopathic crops, high quality seed and adapted varieties.

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Scaling Up for Wholesale

Tuesday, November 27, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM   

Brent Preston has abandoned the direct-to-consumer marketing model favoured by most small farms and built a profitable farm business by selling exclusively to wholesalers. Join Brent for a detailed description of the steps necessary to serve the

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Livestock & Grazing Management, Part 2

Tuesday, November 27, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM   

This session is a continuation from Part 1. With nearly 400 slides, Joel walks you through the farm, from forestry to water systems, to pigaerating. He’ll take you through haying, grazing management, pastured pigs, pastured poultry, portable infrastructure, irrigation, and pasture cropping. Heavily how-to with a liberal dose of why, this is as close to a farm visit as you can get from a conference classroom.

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Soil Health and Fertility Management in an Organic System

Tuesday, November 27, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

Many transitioning organic farmers worry about maintaining soil fertility without chemical fertilizers. Klaas and Mary-Howell will explain how in an organic system, soil biological activity is the main source of soil health, and therefore of fertility.  Using real-farm examples, they will show how soil health is dependent on cover crops and crop rotation that improve soil tilth, increase soil organic matter, increase soil microbial diversity and activity, and protect the soil from erosion. They will discuss amendments, nutrient budgeting  and timing in a multi-year crop rotation. This session will include basic guidance on interpreting soil tests results and current research on soil health management.  

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Effective & Efficient Labour Models

Tuesday, November 27, 2:30PM - 3:30 PM   

Brent Preston has utilized a number of labour models on his farm near Creemore, Ontario - volunteer, part-time, unpaid interns, paid local staff and offshore workers. He now farms with a crew of seven full-time employees from Mexico. This workshop will explore the ethical, legal and financial questions surrounding small farm labour models, and how farmers can provide fair, safe and meaningful employment while maintaining profits.

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Ecological Design for On Farm Water Security

Tuesday, November 27, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

This presentation will begin by discussing the unique hydrologic cycle on PEI, including some natural drawbacks and benefits. Topics also discussed will include using surface water and groundwater on the farm, proper well construction and maintenance, erosion control/surface water management, and some new engineering methods to treat drainage effluent and sprayer rinsate.

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Irrigation How –To: Knowing when and how to apply water

Tuesday, November 27, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

This session will focus on irrigation scheduling geared towards producers. It will discuss basic soil and crop irrigation principles and some common ways to both measure irrigation water needs and to apply water to the crop.This is a Farmer-to-Farmer session on irrigation scheduling geared towards producers. It will discuss basic soil and crop irrigation principles and some common ways to both measure irrigation water needs and to apply water to the crop.

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The Farm Ecosystem

Tuesday, November 27, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

Believing that a farm is not truly sustainable until it supports two salaries from two different generations, Joel starts with the couple, then adds children, then adult children, and then non-family members. How to get along when you can't get away, how to add labour without employees, how memorandums of understanding and building fiefdoms all create complementary community.  

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Certified Organic & Other Certifications as Part of Developing a Brand

Tuesday, November 27, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   

In this facilitated session, share ideas with other farmers about how to use other certifications and branding to promote products, build public trust, and commit to the basic pillars of organic production.

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Post-Harvest Quality Management; A Buyer Perspective

Tuesday, November 27, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   

Mary-Howell and Klaas will share their experience as organic grain buyers, discussing the concerns that buyers have when purchasing direct from farmers. They will cover important differences between the feed-grade and food-grade markets, emerging market opportunities, grain quality, advances in grain cleaning, shipping, and mycotoxins.

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New Organic Products in the Canadian Market: Trends, marketing claims and innovations.

Tuesday, November 27, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   

This presentation will examine the latest consumer research to reveal the most recent trends and new organic products being introduced into the Canadian marketplace and their attributes. Further analysis will look at how this translates into opportunities for organic producers.

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Market Opportunities & Economic Viability

Tuesday, November 27, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   

We've all heard the adage "the middle man makes all the profits."  If that's the case, then why not be one? Realizing that most farmers do not like people, Joel patiently explains how processing, marketing, and distribution add resilience and stability to production dollars. This session addresses the assets and liabilities of different marketing venues and relationships, protocols for sales, and where trendlines in food interface.

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Expanding Organics in the Region - What’s the Plan?

Wednesday, November 28, 2:30 PM - 3:30PM   

ACORN members and stakeholders started 2018 by discussing the vision for and future of Organics in Atlantic Canada. This session is your chance to learn what has been identified as priorities, reflect on the initial insights captured, refine the priorities, and introduce new questions that need to be considered before finalising a regional plan. This session will include lively and active conversation - come ready to listen and contribute.

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Farmer to Farmer Breakfast - Danny Bruce

Wednesday, November 28, 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM   

Looking for some company over breakfast? Join Danny Bruce, of Bruce Family Farm (NS) and others for morning conversation. Bring your questions and ideas about farming. Livestock farmer with questions about waterers?  Veggie grower with pest and insect questions? The conversation is up to you! Space is limited so please arrive early to ensure you get a seat. Held at the Private Dining Room in the Hotel Restaurant.

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Agriculture in a Changing Climate: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Wednesday, November 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

Atlantic Canada’s climate is changing, getting appreciably warmer throughout the year. This is leading to longer growing seasons and more available heat, impacting crop choices. Using climate change indicators and global climate models, Adam and Stephanie will present climate projections for the next 100 years. In addition, they’ll lead discussions around an overview of the UPEI Climate Lab’s recent assessment of vulnerabilities of the agricultural sector. Impacts include changes in yield, access to markets, water stress, nutritional composition of crops, and outbreaks of pests and diseases. Appropriate short-term and medium-term adaptation approaches to address some of the risks will be discussed.

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Seed to Seed; Closing the Gap in Sustainable Farming

Wednesday, November 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

Saving seeds is an essential practice for maintaining a sustainable 'closed circuit' farm operation. Local food is only as local as the seed supply. Seeds are just as vital as healthy soil, clean water and market access. Regionally adapted and locally grown seeds are paramount to a secure food system. This presentation explores the benefits and challenges of incorporating seed saving into a small organic farm operation.

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The Role of soil biodiversity in agriculture production

Wednesday, November 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

Do you know what’s living in your soil? Soils are home to an extraordinary number of organisms and healthy soils depend on soil biodiversity. This session will give an overview of soil biology and its role in productive and sustainable agriculture. We will discuss the impact of management decisions on soil biodiversity, with a focus on soil food webs and mycorrhizal fungi.

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Overview of the Canadian Organic Industry: What the Latest Data is Telling Us

Wednesday, November 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

The presentation will provide an overview of the latest organic data on production and trade and highlight projects and initiatives throughout the country.

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Simplify Your Records and Multiply Your Business Knowledge

Wednesday, November 28, 11:15 AM - 12:15 AM   

Now that you know what you don’t know, let’s talk about your records. Ronda will talk about the kind of records you need to keep to get the information you need to make decisions that will improve profitability on your farm.

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Climate Change - What Does It Mean For Maritime Farms

Wednesday, November 28, 11:15 AM - 12:15 AM   

What would happen if agriculture held the keys to turning back the clock on our changing climate? Are farmers well positioned and prepared to reduce GHG emissions and sequester carbon? Prince Edward Island has been encouraging Island farmers/landowners to provide ecosystem services for the “public good” through a program called Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS). Farmers/landowners are incentivized for stewardship practices, many of which relate to reducing the impacts of climate change.  Participants will learn about the challenging balance of regulations vs. incentive and how, going forward, the ALUS program could be a useful tool for farmers wanting to adapt to climate change friendly practices that reduce GHG emissions and sequester carbon.

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Growing Your Farm by Saving Your Seeds; Basic Breeding for Success

Wednesday, November 28, 11:15 AM - 12:15 AM   

This workshop will focus on how the simple act of saving your seeds can increase yields, enhance product offerings and add value to any small farm operation. Through selection and basic breeding techniques, participants will also learn to help their crops adapt to changes in climate, pest pressures and disease. As the demand for local food increases, the need for locally adapted seed is more prevalent now than ever before. Learn to incorporate the ancient art of seed saving into your daily routine and help your small farm grow to meet this need head-on.

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Expanding Organics in the Region - What’s the Plan? ::: Accroître l’industrie biologique dans la ...

Wednesday, November 28, 1:30PM - 2:30 PM   

Expanding Organics in the Region - What’s the Plan? ::: Accroître l’industrie biologique dans la région- Le plan? 

ACORN members and stakeholders started 2018 by discussing the vision for and future of Organics in Atlantic Canada. This session is your chance to learn what has been identified as priorities, reflect on the initial insights captured, refine the priorities, and introduce new questions that need to be considered before finalising a regional plan. This session will include lively and active conversation - come ready to listen and Contribute.

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Les membres et partenaires de ACORN ont commencé l’année 2018 en abordant la vision et le futur de l’industrie biologique au Canada Atlantique. Cette session a pour but de vous présenter les priorités identifiées et les idées initiales recueillies. Ensemble, nous pourrons préciser les priorités et amener de nouvelles questions qui doivent être considérées avant que le plan régional soit finalisé. La session sera dynamique avec des échanges, venez prêt à écouter et à contribuer à la conversation.

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The Top 10 Flowers You NEED to Grow

Wednesday, November 28, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM   

Ten (or more, I love them all) of the best flowers to grow for cutting for use in the farmers market, florist, and wedding sales. The best varieties, how to grow them, and what to do post-harvest. Whipping up a bouquet recipe and how to make bouquets fast! Janis will include examples of annual, perennial, bulb, and woody choices.

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Adapting to Climate Change on Diversified Farms Part 1

Wednesday, November 28, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM   

Farmers are on the front lines of dealing with the impacts of changing climatic trends and extreme weather. This session will explore results from a regional survey conducted last year which highlights how vegetable and berry growers across the Northeastern US and Eastern Canada are adapting to the impacts of increasingly extreme weather. Join us to look at how site characteristics influence the strategies that farmers are using to manage for drought and heavy precipitation. The workshop will close with discussions about the most innovative and promising ideas from growers across the region. Stick around for Part 2, a farmer-to-farmer session to dive deeper, share your own experiences, and learn from your peers.

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Mob Grazing for Soil Health

Wednesday, November 28, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM   

John Duynisveld will be discussing what mob grazing is, and how it can affect animal production, plant growth, and soil fertility.  The talk will include material from published research trials in other parts of the world as well as on-going work at AAFC Nappan and experience using mob-grazing on my own farm.

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Adapting to Climate Change on Diversified Farms, Part 2

Wednesday, November 28, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

Building on the previous session, Alissa will lead a discussion on strategies for farms to adapt to the impacts of climate change and increasingly extreme weather. Come ready to discuss your experiences and share your ideas.

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Soil Biodiversity, Weed Ecology & High Density Grazing: the Honest Practicalities

Wednesday, November 28, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

Farmer-researcher, John Duynisveld will lead an open discussion sharing individual challenges while guiding questions and responses around promoting soil health and biodiversity. He will share personal experience about intensive grazing and help others examine practical approaches to incorporating livestock into their production systems.

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How to sell your beautiful blooms

Wednesday, November 28, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

This workshop will explore different sales avenues for cut flowers, innovative locations, and how to build excitement that turns into sales. Direct to customers, florist, wholesale, and/or being a farmer florist, which is best for you?

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Safe Food For Canadians Act

Wednesday, November 28, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM   

This plenary will begin with an overview of the intent of the new Safe Food for Canadians Act, and will explore the current regulations under the Act.  Find out how you may be impacted and what you may be required to do. There will be a brief, facilitated question and answer period following the presentation.

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What we can learn from weeds for the development of ecological weed management

Wednesday, November 28, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM   

Weeds can tell you a lot about your environment, soil and farming practices. Many of our farming practices create niches for which troublesome agricultural weeds are perfectly adapted. Ecological weed management seeks to minimize weed problems through an understanding of biological and ecological processes taking place in our agroecosystems. The first step to any integrated weed management program is accurate identification. Once identified, an integrated weed management program can be developed which addresses the current weed issues as well as the ecological conditions promoting it. Utilizing “many little hammers”, ecological and integrated weed management programs rely on multiple and diverse tactics such as critical periods, crop rotations and cover crops to manage weeds in the short- and long-term. Through well-organized planning steps, preventative measures, in-season control efforts and continuous adaptation, weeds can be managed in an ecological way that prevents current weed issues from becoming major weed problems.

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