ACORN Conference Program

All Workshops

Morning start Sarah Flack’s Grazing School

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

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 (FR)

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

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The Role of Grazing in Organic Farming

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

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. 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 in the afternoon 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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Finding the Sweet Spot on a Small Organic Farm

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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Varieties & Planting Schedules (FR)

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

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The Creative Application of Grazing Science

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

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. 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 in the afternoon 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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Finding the Sweet Spot on a Small Organic Farm

Monday, November 26, 2:00 PM - 3:00 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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Cannabis Chemistry and Its Potential as a Food Additive for Organic Value-added Products

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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Post-Harvest Crop Handling & Storage (FR)

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

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The Grazier’s Tool Box

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

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. 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 in the afternoon 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 Transition Timeline (and Knowing the Rules)

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

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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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What Works for Maritime Winter Green Production - Infrastructure

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

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The Grazier’s Tool Box part 2

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

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

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

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Certified Organic & Other Certifications as Part of Developing Your Brand

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

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So You Have An Idea? ... Steps to creating a value added product.

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

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