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  • Speaker Series 2010: Av Singh

    Certification, Complementary Agriculture, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Speaker Series 2010: Av Singh

    Av Singh gives three minutes of organic advice at the 2010 ACORN Conference Speaker Series.

  • ACORN Meet Your Farmer Bike Tours

    Getting Started With Organic Farming, Urban Farming & Gardening

    ACORN Meet Your Farmer Bike Tours

    In summer 2011, the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network organized the 1st Meet Your Farmer Bike tours in Maritime Canada. Check out this short video!

  • Season Extension Strategies (without a Greenhouse) Featuring David Greenberg

    Getting Started With Organic Farming, Horticulture, Infrastructure & Equipment, Season Extension

    Season Extension Strategies (without a Greenhouse) Featuring David Greenberg

    At Nova Scotia's 2011 organic conference and trade show, David Greenberg presented a workshop on season extension strategies that do not involve the infrastructure of a greenhouse.  (62 mins)

  • Root Cellars 101 with Tarrah Young and Amy Lounder

    Getting Started With Organic Farming, Horticulture, Season Extension, Urban Farming & Gardening

    Root Cellars 101 with Tarrah Young and Amy Lounder

    Farmers' Amy Lounder and Tarrah Young introduce the concepts of root cellaring at the 2011 ACORN organic conference and trade show in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (56 mins)

  • Opportunities for Local Organic with Norbert Kungl

    Business & Marketing, Certification, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Opportunities for Local Organic with Norbert Kungl

    NS Farmer Norbert Kungl discusses his opinion of how the changes in global agriculture are offering a tremendous opportunity for the local organic sector at the 2010 ACORN organic conference and trade show in Charlottetown, PEI. (2mins 3secs)

  • Record-Keeping for Streamlined Organic Certification

    Certification, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Record-Keeping for Streamlined Organic Certification
  • Part 1: Organic Farming: "Philosophies and Fundamentals of Organic" with Dr. Av Singh

    Business & Marketing, Certification, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Part 1:  Organic Farming:

    Philosophies and Fundamentals of Organic is Part 1 in a series of educational videos with Av Singth from Agrapoint talking on organic farming at the Growing More Organic Conference, Cornwall, PEI, 2007 (7m:46s)

  • Part 2: Organic Farming: "Learning About Organic" with Dr. Av Singh

    Business & Marketing, Certification, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Part 2:  Organic Farming:

    Learning About Organic Farming is part 2 in a series of educational videos with Av Singth from Agrapoint talking on organic farming at the Growing More Organic Conference, Cornwall, PEI, 2007. (2m:50s)

  • Part 3: Organic Farming: "Just Do It": with Dr. Av Singh

    Business & Marketing, Certification, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Part 3: Organic Farming:

    Just Do It is part 3 in a series of educational videos with Av Singth from Perennia talking about organic farming at the Growing More Organic Conference held in Cornwall, PEI, 2007. (4m:01s)

  • Part 4: Organic Farming: "Is Organic About Less or More?" with Dr. Av Singh

    Business & Marketing, Certification, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Part 4:  Organic Farming:

    Is Organic About Less or More is part 4 in a series of educational videos with Dr. Av Singth from Agrapoint talking on organic farming at the Growing More Organic Conference, Cornwall, PEI, 2007. (7:m36s)

  • Work Together To Do Better with Klaas and Mary Howell-Martens

    Business & Marketing, Certification, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Work Together To Do Better with Klaas and Mary Howell-Martens

    Work Together To Do Better is one in a series of inspirational videos with Klaas and Mary Howell-Martens talking on organic farming at the Growing More Organic Conference, Cornwall, PEI, 2007. (7m:58s)

  • Growing Locally with Klaas and Mary Howell-Martens

    Business & Marketing, Certification, Getting Started With Organic Farming, Grain & Field Crops

    Growing Locally with Klaas and Mary Howell-Martens

    Growing Locally is one in a series of inspirational videos with Klaas and Mary Howell-Martens talking on organic farming at the Growing More Organic Conference, Cornwall, PEI, 2007.

  • Gift of Organic Farming with Klaas and Mary Howell-Martens

    Business & Marketing, Food Skills, Getting Started With Organic Farming, Grain & Field Crops

    Gift of Organic Farming with Klaas and Mary Howell-Martens

    Gift of Organic Farming is one in a series of inspirational videos with Klaas and Mary Howell-Martens talking on organic farming at the Growing More Organic Conference, Cornwall, PEI, 2007.

  • Crop Rotation in Organic Farming with Klaas and Mary Howell-Martens

    Getting Started With Organic Farming, Grain & Field Crops, Soil & Compost

    Crop Rotation in Organic Farming with Klaas and Mary Howell-Martens

    Crop Rotation is one in a series of inspirational videos with Klaas and Mary Howell-Martens talking on organic farming at the Growing More Organic Conference, Cornwall, PEI, 2007.

  • Part 2: CSA: Sun Root Farm CSA with Charles Levkoe

    ACORN Conference, Community Supported Agriculture, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Part 2:  CSA: Sun Root Farm CSA with Charles Levkoe

    Sun Root Farm - an example of Community Shared Agriculture in the Maritimes, and is part 2 of a series of 6 videos from Charles Levkoe's presentation on CSA's at the Growing More Organic Conference, Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, March 2007.

  • Part 3: CSA: Sun Root Farm Projects with Charles Levkoe

    ACORN Conference, Community Supported Agriculture, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Part 3:  CSA:  Sun Root Farm Projects with Charles Levkoe

    Sun Root Farm Projects is part 3 of a series of 6 videos from Charles Levkoe's presentation on CSA's at the Growing More Organic Conference, Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, March 2007. (6m:50s)

  • Part 5: CSA: The Challenge of CSA with Charles Levkoe

    ACORN Conference, Community Supported Agriculture, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Part 5:  CSA:  The Challenge of CSA with Charles Levkoe

    The Challenges of Community Shared Agriculture is one of a series of 6 videos from Charles Levkoe's presentation on CSA's at the Growing More Organic Conference, Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, March 2007. (4m:14s)

  • Part 6: CSA: An Alternative to the Traditional Marketing System with Charles Levkoe

    ACORN Conference, Community Supported Agriculture, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Part 6:  CSA:  An Alternative to the Traditional Marketing System with Charles Levkoe

    An Alternative to the Traditional Marketing System is part 6 of a series of 6 videos from Charles Levkoe's presentation on CSA's at the Growing More Organic Conference, Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, March 2007. (5m:43s)

  • Organic Overview - Part 1

    Getting Started With Organic Farming

    What Is Organic Farming?; What Does It Take To Be An Organic Farmer?; Organic Certification and Standards; Transition to Organic Farming/Production; Scope of the Industry in Atlantic Canada;
  • Organic Gardening 101

    Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Starting an organic garden; Planting; Soil; Mulching; Resources
  • Martime Certified Organic Growers Organic Market Garden with Roger Henry - March 2002

    Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Organic Market Garden; Landbase; Buildings; Inputs and Fertility; Equipment; Challenges; Value-added Potential
  • Organic Growing Basics - Part 2

    Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Understanding the soil; Soil Management techniques; Compost and Manure Use on Organic Farms; Crop Rotations; Weed Control; Pest Control; Disease Control; Seed and Transplant Sources; Water Quality; Livestock Management; Product Handling; Record Keeping and Audit Trail
  • Maintaining Integrity in a Time of Rapid Growth

    Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Maintaining the Integrity of Organics in a Time of Rapid Growth with E. Ann Clark: Design; New Agriculture; New farmers
  • Why Organic Brochure

    Getting Started With Organic Farming

    ACORN's brochure on organic farming and local eating
  • Creating a Successful Farm Apprenticeship Program

    Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Creating a Successful Farm Apprenticeship Program: Recruitment; Accommodation, Education; Health & Safety
  • ACORN's Brochure on New Food Opportunities with Local Organics

    Getting Started With Organic Farming

    ACORN's brochure on new food opportunities with local organics
  • Eating Locally All Year Long with Jen Greenberg

    Community Supported Agriculture, Food Skills, Getting Started With Organic Farming, Educate

    Eating Locally all Year Long with Jen Greenberg.

  • Health Benefits of Eating in Season with Sandra Murphy

    Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Health Benefits of Eating in Season with Sandra Murphy
  • The Start Up: How Regional Farms Financed Their Beginning (Notes)

    Business & Marketing, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    The Start Up: How Regional Farms Financed Their Beginning (Budgets and Actuals): Operator Experience; Infrastructure; Business Plan; Capital; Day-to-Day Operations
  • Directory of Organic Inputs

    Getting Started With Organic Farming

    (2017) ACORN’s Directory of Organic Inputs has been updated with information for crop nutrition, soil amendments and production aids compiled by ACORN’s Organic Transition Service.  

  • Garden Centre List by ACORN (2009)

    Certification, Food Skills, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    ACORN Garden Centre List: Fertilizers; Soil Mixtures; Growth Promoters
  • First Steps to Certified Organic Livestock

    Getting Started With Organic Farming, Livestock

    Prepared by Roxanne Beavers P. Ag., Janet Wallace and Elizabeth Dacombe, the First Steps to Certified Organic Livestock Production is a great resource for those looking to get into organic livestock production.

  • Ten things to think about when getting started in market farming

    ACORN Conference, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Chris Blanchard (Rock Spring Farm) presents at the 2014 ACORN Conference.

    View Chris Blanchard's slideshow here.

  • Considering Alternatives to the Romantic Notion of Land Ownership

    ACORN Conference, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Stacy Brenner and John Bliss (Broadturn Farm) present at the 2014 ACORN Conference. 

  • 2014-15 Atlantic Organic Production Survey Report

    Business & Marketing, Certification, Fruit & Berry, Getting Started With Organic Farming, Grain & Field Crops, Horticulture, Livestock

    The 2014-15 production year found the Atlantic Organic Sector meeting steady demands for growth, or in some cases, confronting more than demand for growth than can be met with existing production. Learn more about the state of the Atlantic Organic Sector in this report, including current and planned production, education and training needs, and market information.   

  • Working with perennials: Food, Fuel, and Medicine

    ACORN Conference, Getting Started With Organic Farming, Urban Farming & Gardening

    Presented by Estelle Drisdelle at the 2015 ACORN Conference PEI

    View slideshow presentation here

  • Organic Opportunities Conference (NL) Notes

    Certification, Getting Started With Organic Farming, Grain & Field Crops, Horticulture, Livestock, Season Extension, Seed, Soil & Compost

    The Newfoundland Organic Opportunities Conference took place January 13-14, 2016 in St. John's Newfoundland. The event was jointly hosted by ACORN and the Newfoundland Federation of Agriculture, and attended by over 50 people, including stakeholders in government, academia, and the non profit centre. Conference participant Dan Rubin, of Pouch Cove, kindly took notes and shared them with ACORN for distribution. 

  • 2015 COG Canadian Organic Standards and PSL Revisions

    Certification, Getting Started With Organic Farming, Horticulture, Livestock

    New and Noteable Revisions to the Canadian Organic Standards for Crop and Livestock Production.

    The COS and PSL were revised and updated in 2015.  Thanks to COG for creating and sharing this document.

    Excerpted from The Canadian Organic Grower Magazine

     *This summary is not an official part of the Canada Organic Regime; users of this document bear ultimate responsibility for their own decisions on their operations. 

  • Organic Vegetable Growing from the Ground Up

    ACORN Conference, Getting Started With Organic Farming, Urban Farming & Gardening

    In this talk from the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton, Alyson Chisolm gives a speedy overview of the many important factors to consider when growing organic vegetables. Topics covered range from choosing a proper site for your garden, to specifics on pest and disease control. Alison does a great job of packing all of this critical information into one short hour.

  • Farm Budgets Made Simple

    ACORN Conference, Business & Marketing, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    In this talk from the 2013 ACORN Conference, Richard Wiswall breaks down the most important aspects of calculating farm budgets.  He uses the example of keeping 50 laying hens to demonstrate that a venture may not be as profitable as one would assume. He emphasizes the importance of calculating your own labour costs.

  • The Efficient Farm Office

    ACORN Conference, Business & Marketing, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    In this workshop from the 2013 ACORN Conference, Richard Wiswall demonstrates how he keeps his farm office organized and running smoothly. He also emphasizes the importance of keeping a paper trail for all your expenses and income to prevent losses.

  • Living Off the Land: Producing All the Food We Consume

    Food Skills, Getting Started With Organic Farming, Infrastructure & Equipment, Season Extension, Urban Farming & Gardening

    Robin and Rebecca LeBlanc met in Moncton and later moved to Bathurst, where they have been homesteading since now joined with their 3 children. At the 2016 Homesteading Symposium in Moncton, they offered insight of their experiences living off the land including the making of their cob oven, maintaining the green house and poultry, and mushroom logs. The LeBlanc’s strive to balance both their careers as teachers and musicians, and as a result prefer to do large batches of their preserves and dairy in order to have quick access to their bounty year long. Every July they leave their homestead in the hands of a neighbor and are full time musicians for the month.

  • Extending the Harvest: Growing More Vegetables in a Short Season

    Getting Started With Organic Farming, Grain & Field Crops, Horticulture, Season Extension, Urban Farming & Gardening

    At the 2016 Homesteading Symposium in Moncton, Alyson Chisholm of Windy Hill Farm explained what options there are for extending your garden’s season and maintaining a continuous harvest.

  • Investing in Organic Agriculture

    Business & Marketing, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Investing in Organic Agriculture: A path to clean, inclusive, economic growth

    A presentation by AshleySt Hilaire, Canadian Organic Growers; Marie-Eve Levert, Canada Organic Trade Association; and Genevieve Grossenbacher, USC Canada.

  • 2016 Atlantic Organic Production Summary

    Business & Marketing, Certification, Community Supported Agriculture, Fruit & Berry, Getting Started With Organic Farming, Grain & Field Crops, Horticulture, Infrastructure & Equipment, Livestock

  • State of Organics: Federal-Provincial-Territorial Performance Report 2017

    Business & Marketing, Certification, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    On Monday July 17, the Canada Organic Trade Association released the first annual State of Organics: Federal-Provincial-Territorial Performance Report. This report analyzes and tracks the existing organic regulations, policies and programming within the federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments. As the first report of its kind, the FPT report is a benchmark, demonstrating the current state of affairs and aims to foster greater government support of the organic sector in Canada.

  • The Start Up: How Regional Farms Financed Their Beginning (Slides from Broadfork Farm)

    Business & Marketing, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    The Start Up: How Regional Farms Financed Their Beginning (Budgets and Actuals): Operator Experience; Infrastructure; Business Plan; Capital; Day-to-Day Operations
  • OMRI Canada Organic Regime Product Review

    Certification, Getting Started With Organic Farming, Pests, Disease & Weeds, Soil & Compost

    OMRI is now offering product review aligned with Canada Organic Regime (COR) standards, in addition to the existing Review Program under U.S. National Organic Program (NOP) standards. Allowed products are listed in the OMRI Canada Products List©, which is always available for free download. The first step toward listing a product on either the OMRI Products List or the OMRI Canada Products List is to order an OMRI Application Kit. The Kit includes all necessary application materials in order to apply for any type of OMRI review.

    How It Works
    Suppliers of products that fall within OMRI's scope are eligible to apply for listing on the OMRI Canada Products List.

    Products that OMRI has reviewed and determined are allowed in organic production according to Canadian standards will be included on a public OMRI Canada Products List©. These products will have the option of using either the new OMRI Canada seal or the USA / Canada seal.

    OMRI has recruited a team of knowledgeable experts with experience evaluating inputs to COR standards, to make final product listing decisions. OMRI is pleased to welcome Rochelle Eisen, Garry Lean, and Kelly Monaghan as the first OMRI Canada Review Panel members. Read more and review their bios here.

  • AgPal Program and Service Finder

    Business & Marketing, Certification, Getting Started With Organic Farming, Infrastructure & Equipment, Livestock

    AgPal is a web-based discovery tool to help producers and others in the agriculture and agri-business sector find the federal, provincial and territorial programs and services that specifically apply to them.

  • Special Summer 2012 Issue of the Canadian Organic Grower

    Certification, Fruit & Berry, Getting Started With Organic Farming, Pests, Disease & Weeds

    These articles first appeared in the special Summer 2012 research edition of The Canadian Organic Grower, produced in collaboration between OACC and COG. This special issue is brought to you with the support of the Organic Science Cluster. The Organic Science Cluster projects described in this article are funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and industry partners.

    Canada's Organic Science Cluster (OSC) is part of the Canadian Agri-Science Cluster Initiative of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Growing Forward Policy Framework. Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The OSC is led by the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada and the lead industry applicant, the Organic Federation of Canada.

  • OACC's Resources for Atlantic Canada

    Certification, Getting Started With Organic Farming, Grain & Field Crops, Horticulture, Livestock, Soil & Compost

    The OACC offers research srticles on soils, horticulture, field crops, livestock and other.  Also, web-based courses on Composting, Organic Field Crop Production, Organic Livestock Production, Principles of Organic Horticulture and the Transition to Organic Agriculture.

  • OACC Extension Bulletins

    Getting Started With Organic Farming, Seed, Soil & Compost

    Extension bulletins cover a wide range of topics, many from projects in the Maritimes

  • OACC's News Articles from Canadian Farm Newspapers

    Getting Started With Organic Farming, Grain & Field Crops, Livestock, Pests, Disease & Weeds

    Articles covering a wide variety of topics, including many relevant or about the Atlantic region

  • Farmlink Matchmaker Tool

    Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Seeking farmland, partners or on-farm experience? Have farmland, jobs or mentorship to offer? Farmlink provides farmers, landowners and farm seekers a place to connect.

  • L'État du secteur des produits biologique : Rapport fédéral-provincial-territorial sur le rendement 2017

    Business & Marketing, Certification, Français, Getting Started With Organic Farming

  • Summer Podcast Series: Holistic Health On The Farm

    ACORN Conference, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Taken from ACORN's 2014 Conference in Halifax, NS.

    As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Roberto Gueli has some great ideas of how to change your health on the farm with little effort. Through avoiding crutches (eg. sugar and coffee), eating wild edible plants, decompressing, and conscious digestion, we can be healthier farmers. These things are all important in order to avoid working too hard and perhaps avoiding injury or burn out.

  • Summer Podcast Series: 10 Things to Know Before Getting Started in Market Gardening

    ACORN Conference, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Workshop from ACORN's 2014 Conference in Halifax, NS. Featuring speaker Chris Blanchard on Market Gardening.

    Chris is owner and operator of Rock Spring Farm. Before he stopped farming full time, he grew twenty acres of vegetables, herbs, and greenhouse crops, marketed through a 200-member year-round CSA, food stores, and farmers markets.

  • Summer Podcast Series: Top 10 Certification Mistakes Organic Producers Make

    ACORN Conference, Certification, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    This workshop on Certification Mistakes was led by ACORN's own Organic Transition Coordinator, Tara Scott, during ACORN's 2014 Conference in Halifax, NS.