ACORN Conference Program

All Workshops

Cultivating Justice: Recognizing and Respecting the Contributions of Migrant Farmworkers

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

This workshop will focus on the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) and on the struggles faced by migrant farmworkers who participate in it. It will include a comprehensive look at conditions reported by participants, and also examine systemic inequities such as ineligibility for regular EI benefits and the absence of a pathway to permanent residency. The workshop will also address how the organic farming industry is excellently situated to raise its voice in solidarity with SAWP participants, and how it can benefit from a more just and inclusive system. 

All Levels
Ballroom C

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Fostering Farming Opportunities for New Canadians in the Maritimes

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

Many newcomers to Canada have farming backgrounds and a great interest in growing food for their communities. Many Maritime farms are experiencing a shortage in skilled labour and see opportunities in growing food for ethnic markets. How can we bridge this gap, foster better relationships, and grow more healthy food for our communities? This session will be a discussion of the barriers and opportunities to connect existing organic growers to Newcomers with farming backgrounds.

All Levels
Ballroom C

This workshop is supported in-kind by Common Roots Urban Farm and Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia

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Managing Staff on the Farm - Part I

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

Finding and keeping farm staff can be an ongoing challenge. What are the challenges that your farm faces in ensuring that all of the work gets done? Tim Livingstone will facilitate this discussion and will draw on the expertise of conference speakers and regional farmers to offer experiences and solutions to the increasing complexity of staffing in agriculture.

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Farmer-to-Farmer Discussion
Ballroom C

This workshop is generously supported by Farm Credit Canada

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Managing Staff on the Farm - Part II

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

Farm managers need support and training to foster self-directed employees and to mentor a new generation of farmers to become ambassadors for agriculture. People trade their skills and experience for the success of your farm. Bring your best practices and the challenges you’ve faced in ensuring fairness and care for your farm staff.  

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Farmer-to-Farmer Discussion
Ballroom C

This workshop is generously supported by Farm Credit Canada

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