ACORN Conference Program

All Workshops

What Works for Maritime Winter Green Production - Infrastructure

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

This session will be focused on winter production in a Maritime climate, where participants will share their own experiences, learn from others, and collectively arrive at solutions to some of the universal challenges that come with trying to grow crops in a cold climate. Come ready to talk about equipment, varieties, harvest, and post-harvest handling and storage, and share your honest experiences.

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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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Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast - Danny Bruce

Tuesday, November 27, 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM   

Looking for some company over breakfast? Join Danny Bruce, of Bruce Family Farm (NS) and others for a morning conversation. Bring your questions and ideas about farming. Livestock farmer with questions about waterers?  Veggie grower with pest and insect questions? The conversation is up to you! Space is limited so please arrive early to ensure you get a seat. Held at Private Dining Room in the Hotel Restaurant

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Innovative Farming: Newest Tech & Tools

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

Come to this session with the “top 5” tools and tech you cannot live without on your farm, and hear from others what gear makes their farm tick. Be ready to share ideas, learn from others in the room, and maybe even see some good video descriptions!

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Irrigation How –To: Knowing when and how to apply water

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

This session will focus on irrigation scheduling geared towards producers. It will discuss basic soil and crop irrigation principles and some common ways to both measure irrigation water needs and to apply water to the crop.This is a Farmer-to-Farmer session on irrigation scheduling geared towards producers. It will discuss basic soil and crop irrigation principles and some common ways to both measure irrigation water needs and to apply water to the crop.

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Certified Organic & Other Certifications as Part of Developing a Brand

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

In this facilitated session, share ideas with other farmers about how to use other certifications and branding to promote products, build public trust, and commit to the basic pillars of organic production.

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Farmer to Farmer Breakfast - Danny Bruce

Wednesday, November 28, 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM   

Looking for some company over breakfast? Join Danny Bruce, of Bruce Family Farm (NS) and others for morning conversation. Bring your questions and ideas about farming. Livestock farmer with questions about waterers?  Veggie grower with pest and insect questions? The conversation is up to you! Space is limited so please arrive early to ensure you get a seat. Held at the Private Dining Room in the Hotel Restaurant.

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Soil Biodiversity, Weed Ecology & High Density Grazing: the Honest Practicalities

Wednesday, November 28, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

Farmer-researcher, John Duynisveld will lead an open discussion sharing individual challenges while guiding questions and responses around promoting soil health and biodiversity. He will share personal experience about intensive grazing and help others examine practical approaches to incorporating livestock into their production systems.

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Adapting to Climate Change on Diversified Farms, Part 2

Wednesday, November 28, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

Building on the previous session, Alissa will lead a discussion on strategies for farms to adapt to the impacts of climate change and increasingly extreme weather. Come ready to discuss your experiences and share your ideas.

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Program at a Glance