ACORN Conference Program

All Workshops

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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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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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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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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Program at a Glance