ACORN Conference Program

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National Sector Development in Organic Agriculture

Wednesday, November 29, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM   

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The Permabed System

Wednesday, November 29, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

One of the ways to farm more ecologically and improve long-term profitability is to diversify production. However, this can be challenging when efficiency and income must be maintained in the short-term while transitioning to better management practices. In addition, diversity of production can require different tools, techniques, and knowledge which may strain the farm manager. Our Permabed System is a garden management solution that includes a garden layout, principles and techniques for transitioning towards Guild Crop Production and Agro-ecological Land Patterning.It is scalable from 300 sq. feet to 3000 acres and emphasizes soil building practices alongside practical field management.

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No-Till Vegetable Experiments/Research

Wednesday, November 29, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM   

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Beginner Beekeeping

Wednesday, November 29, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM   

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Combatting Fusarium Basal Rot of Bulb Onion and Allium species in Nova Scotia

Wednesday, November 29, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM   

Characterising regionally relevant strains of Fusarium oxysporum, isolating Trichoderma species from local soils, and determining their value as biological control agents using dual culture lab trials and greenhouse bioassays.

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Advanced Garlic Production

Wednesday, November 29, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

Garlic is an amazing crop! Each bulb is food, medicine, and seed. Why is garlic such a unique crop? How does garlic balance well into the garden or market garden for space/time/energy? What are the best techniques for successful organic production? This workshop explores garlic from seed to seed by following its production cycle over 12 months, including seed selection, bed preparation, pest and disease, harvest, curing, and more. Includes variety suggestions for different climates, market venues, and personal tastes!

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