ACORN Conference Program

All Workshops

COG Focus Group: Understanding the Transition to Organic

Monday, November 27, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM   

Canadian Organic Growers has spent the last few months working with researchers to identify the main risks involved in transitioning to organic production. Now it’s time to validate our findings – so we need to hear your story! If you are interested in transitioning to organic, started to transition but stopped, have completed transition successfully, have been organic from the start, or want to tell us how we can support transition then please join us at our producer focus group to discuss transition. Outcomes of this work will benefit organic and transitioning producers across the country.

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Seed Growers Meeting

Monday, November 27, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   

This meeting will be for commercial seed growers, and those who are on the brink of commercialization. This session will be a follow-up to a meeting held in April 2016 to discuss ways that seed sellers can better co-operate at Seedy Saturdays, communicate and share about their available seed, and use newly developed Atlantic Grown Seed marketing tools.

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Slow Tools - Appropriate Technology for the Small Farm

Tuesday, November 28, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   

In this special lunchtime session, several new tools will be presented that have been recently developed as a direct result of collaboration with the Slow Tools Group. Discussion will include their back story, how they came to be, and how they optimize efficiency for the small-scale or beginning farmer. There will be a projected presentation as well as several physical examples of innovative new tools present to see and touch.

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Organic Value Chain Roundtable – Evaluation of Opportunities and Risks for the Organic Sector

Tuesday, November 28, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   

The Organic Value Chain Roundtable (OVCRT) is a collaborative platform between the federal government and the organic industry. It brings stakeholders together to share information, increase Canadian organic capacity, support development of markets, and help guide research and innovation.

The OVCRT is currently undergoing an evaluation of the Canadian policy environment, markets and other external factors that could influence our sector in the next 5 years. The evaluation will be a pivotal document that will nurture reflexion on ongoing priorities for the roundtable.

Please join members of the OVCRT for an in-depth conversation about opportunities and risks that might impact the future competitiveness of Canada’s organic sector.

MacDonald Room

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Program at a Glance