ACORN Conference Program

All Workshops

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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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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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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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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