Seedy Saturdays and Seedy Sundays are a tradition in Atlantic Canada! What a great opportunity to share seed, buy seed for the upcoming gardening season, and meet local seed savers and seed company reps. Please consult this listing for information on events in your community! This listing is updated whenever new information is sent our way. So if you see something missing, please email us at seed_at_acornorganic.org. For a full listing of cross Canada seedy events, check out Seeds of Diversity's event listing.
The Events and Administration Assistant will work with ACORN staff to gain skills and knowledge to support the organic agricultural industry in a non-profit capacity in Atlantic Canada.
Do you grow or process specialty agriculture products (e.g. hemp, herbs, spices, natural health products)? Do you collect wild products from the forest? If so, then this program may be of interest to you! Good Agriculture Collection Practices (GACPs) is a set of tools to help you “prove” that you grow, collect, process and / or sell any number of plants and plant products safely and PROVE that you did so, using a nationally recognized program. Developed specifically for small scale producers, this system was built using HACCP (Hazard Analysis, Critical Control Points) and is recognized by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
Customers and consumers are increasingly demanding proof that the products they purchase have been grown, collected and handled safely, sustainably and ethically. Commercial customers now almost always require proof of a ‘sustainable supply chain’. Proof of a credible quality control system throughout the process is vital. The CNHSC (Canadian Herb Spice and Natural Health Products Coalition) GACP program can help you:
-Distinguish your product(s) from those ‘cheaper’ products.
-Identify where improvements can save you dollars and time, while reducing risk.
-Keep small problems small.
-Prove that you do the above without burying yourself in paperwork.
For those considering starting a new venture, this program can help you identify and avoid some of the early stage pitfalls that could kill your business before it gets started! For additional information, please contact Ron Smith at 506 440-2199 or Pigotsmith@gmail.com.
Want your own BEES? Beginner beekeeper course offered in Charlo, NB, over 3 Saturdays (Feb. 24, March 3 and field day TBA.)
The course is taught by Master Beekeeper Karen Thurlow who has over 30 years experience in all aspects of beekeeping.
For more info, contact Marie at 506-686-1706 or learn more on Facebook.
Are you interested in looking at what brings people to farmers markets' and what draws them to specific booths? Join this ThinkFARM sponsored event to learn about building a market business without relying on the market itself to find new customers. Learn the dos and don'ts to establishing the three key ingredients in direct selling: fantastic products, great personality, and setting up displays.
Michelle Wolf will be the guest speaker, bringing her 20 years experience as CEO of a farm market business, trainer to other entrepreneurs, workshop facilitator, and farmers' market expert.
Registration deadline February 28. Be sure to contact Marie.firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.