ACORN Conference Program

All Workshops

Livestock & Grazing Management Part 1

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

With nearly 400 slides, Joel walks you through the farm, from forestry to water systems, to pigaerating. He’ll take you through haying, grazing management, pastured pigs, pastured poultry, portable infrastructure, irrigation, and pasture cropping. Heavily how-to with a liberal dose of why, this is as close to a farm visit as you can get from a conference classroom.

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Livestock & Grazing Management, Part 2

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

This session is a continuation from Part 1. With nearly 400 slides, Joel walks you through the farm, from forestry to water systems, to pigaerating. He’ll take you through haying, grazing management, pastured pigs, pastured poultry, portable infrastructure, irrigation, and pasture cropping. Heavily how-to with a liberal dose of why, this is as close to a farm visit as you can get from a conference classroom.

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The Farm Ecosystem

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

Believing that a farm is not truly sustainable until it supports two salaries from two different generations, Joel starts with the couple, then adds children, then adult children, and then non-family members. How to get along when you can't get away, how to add labour without employees, how memorandums of understanding and building fiefdoms all create complementary community.  

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Market Opportunities & Economic Viability

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

We've all heard the adage "the middle man makes all the profits."  If that's the case, then why not be one? Realizing that most farmers do not like people, Joel patiently explains how processing, marketing, and distribution add resilience and stability to production dollars. This session addresses the assets and liabilities of different marketing venues and relationships, protocols for sales, and where trendlines in food interface.

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Program at a Glance