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  • Sean Dunbar: Organic Opportunities in Brewing

    Business & Marketing, Grain & Field Crops

    Sean Dunbar: Organic Opportunities in Brewing

    Sean Dunbar, owner/operator of Northampton Brewing Company which makes Picaroons' Traditional Ales discusses their organic brews and their desire to use local organic hops and grain in their future brews (which they are now doing as of 2012!).

  • 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.

  • Field Tour: Organic Cereal Fertility Experiments

    Grain & Field Crops, Soil & Compost

    Field Tour:  Organic Cereal Fertility Experiments

    On Monday (July 28th, 2008), ACORN co-hosted a tour of the Maritime Organic Grains Network's field crop trials in NB. The site was near Sussex, at Tom Lask's farm.

    With 235 experimental plots set up across Canada to test different cereals' response to a variety of fertility treatments, the tour was extremely well attended (about 30 people) with an inquisitive crowd who were eager to see which of the tested treatments yielded positive results.

  • Barnyard Organics: Farm Profile

    Grain & Field Crops

    Barnyard Organics:  Farm Profile

    Mark Bernard of Barnyard Organics explains his organic approach for his farm located in Freetown, PEI (2008).  (1m:29s)

  • A guide to using crop covers in the Maritimes by Janet Wallace and Jennifer Scott

    Grain & Field Crops

    A guide to using crop covers in the Maritimes by Janet Wallace and Jennifer Scott: Why use cover crops?, Uses of cover crops, How to use cover crops, Cover Crop Profiles, Farmer's Guide to Reducing Nutrient Loss using Catch Crops, Make the most of legumes to fix and keep nitrogen in your soil, Green manures in the garden rotation
  • Market Garden Crop Rotations Presentation Notes

    Grain & Field Crops

    Market Garden Crop Rotations; Why Rotate?; Use of Labour, Equipment and Knowledge; General Patterns/Observations; Allelopathy
  • Market Garden Crop Rotations Presentation

    Grain & Field Crops

    Market Garden Crop Rotations Facilitated by Ann Slater, Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (Cash Crop, Weed Control)
  • Transitioning to Organic Field Crop Production with Claude Bertheleme -March 2008

    ACORN Conference, Certification, Grain & Field Crops

    Transitioning to Organic Field Crop Production with Claude Berth
  • How to Sell Grains at the Farmers' Market with George Wright

    Grain & Field Crops

    How to Sell Grains at the Farmers' Market with George Wright: grain, farmers' market, direct market,
  • Maritime Organic Grains Network Newsletter - Issue One Summer 2007

    Grain & Field Crops

    Organic grain and oilseed producers; Marketing Grain 101
  • Maritime Organic Grains Network Newsletter - Issue Two January 2008

    Grain & Field Crops

    Optimizing grain quality; Farm profile
  • Maritime Organic Grains Network Newsletter - Issue Three Spring 2008

    Grain & Field Crops

    Organic Grain and Oilseed Forum; Choosing Pedigreed Seed; Pelletized Poultry Manure for Spring Wheat Production; Cropping System Management tips
  • Maritime Organic Grains Network Newsletter - Issue Four Winter 2009

    Grain & Field Crops

    Challenges from the European Wireworm; Study of Organic Seed Treatments
  • Maritime Organic Grains Network Newsletter - Issue Five Spring 2009

    Grain & Field Crops

    Are You A Price Setter or a Price Taker?; 2008 Organic Crop Production Survey for the Maritimes; How to Minimize FHB Risk; The Importance of Seed Testing; Clover Fertility Trial - OACC Research; Wheat Fertility Trial
  • Maritime Organic Grains Network Newsletter - Issue Six Winter 2009

    Grain & Field Crops

    2010 Organic Grain Market Outlook
  • Rotations For Sustainability with Andy Hammermeister, Roger Henry and Ted Zettel

    Grain & Field Crops, Soil & Compost

    Rotations For Sustainability; Managing Soil Life; Green Manure; Soil Building; Pest Management; Business Management; Crop Selecti; Seeding Rate
  • Maritime Organic Grains Network (MOGN) Newsletter Volume 2; Issue 1 Summer 2014

    Grain & Field Crops

    This newsletter includes articles about the revival of the MOGN, with guest articles about:  Global Organic Grain Market by Tom Manley; Small-scale variety trials in Albert County, NB (quinoa, hulless oats and hulless barley) by Janet Wallace; The Potential for Malt Barley in the Maritimes by Aaron Mills; A Realistic View of Cash Grain Production On the Organic Farm by Jack Lazor; as well as an update from Speerville Flour Mill; and an article about Participatory Plant Breeding by ACORN's Regional Seed Program Coordinator, Steph Hughes.

  • Avantage des produits biologiques : production de grains

    Business & Marketing, Certification, Français, Grain & Field Crops

    Le guide fournit des informations détaillées sur la superficie des terres agricoles canadiennes consacrée à la production biologique de céréales et d’oléagineux, les prix du marché, les couts d’exploitation, les marges et les rendements. Il donne également une liste des ressources qui peuvent aider les agriculteurs à faire le saut vers la production biologique.

  • Organic Advantage: The Business Case for Organic Grain Production

    Business & Marketing, Certification, Grain & Field Crops

    This guide provides details of the Canadian acreage devoted to organic cereal grains and oilseed production, prices, operating expenses, margins and yields, and points producers towards resources that can help them transition from conventional to organic. (Disponible en français)

  • Participatory On-Farm Research in the Maritimes

    ACORN Conference, Grain & Field Crops

    Andrew Hammermeister (OACC), Mark Bernard (Barnyard Organics) and Niki Clark & Ian Curry (Nikian Farms) present at the 2014 ACORN Conference. View Nikian Farms' slideshow presentation here.

  • Crop Scouting for Organic Agriculture

    ACORN Conference, Grain & Field Crops

     Rachel Cheverie (Perennia, NS) and Matt Dykerman (Red Soil Organics, PEI) present at the 2014 ACORN Conference.

    View Rachel Cheverie's slideshow presentation here.

  • Organic Field Crop Supplier List - Eastern Canada

    Grain & Field Crops, Livestock, Soil & Compost

    We are working on this list on an ongoing basis. If you have edits or additions to suggest to this list, please be in touch with us! Contact Steph at seed@acornorganic.org.

  • Maritime Organic Grains Network (MOGN) Newsletter Volume 2; Issue 2 Winter 2015

    Grain & Field Crops

    This newsletter includes contributions from:

     - Jason Freeman writing about Saskatchewan's wildly successful Farmer Direct Co-op, a fair-trade organic field crop and livestock marketing co-operative

     - Dr. Martin Entz about his Maritime visit to organic participatory plant breeding sites in PEI and NB

     - Farmer Alan Stewart and his initiative to start a Nova Scotia-based Organic Malting Facility

     - Dr. Heather Darby and her latest findings about growing organic flax in northern climates

  • Malting Barley

    ACORN Conference, Grain & Field Crops

    Dr. Aaron Mills, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada presents at the 2014 ACORN Conference.

  • Maritime Organic Grains Network (MOGN) Newsletter Volume 2; Issue 3 Summer 2015

    Grain & Field Crops

    This newsletter includes contributions from:

    -ANDY HAMMERMEISTER on  The Anatomy of Cereal Seed (reprint);

    -JOANNA MACKENZIE on Challenges from the European Wireworm (reprint);

    -JACK VAN ROESTEL on Considerations in Growing Cereals,

    and MARK BERNARD with an article entitled Get a Good Start (reprint).

  • 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.   

  • An Innovative Organic Sweet Corn System for the Maritimes

    ACORN Conference, Grain & Field Crops

    Presented by Josee Owen at the 2015 ACORN Conference

    View the slideshow presentation here

  • Field Layout Considerations for Vegetable Seed Production

    ACORN Conference, Grain & Field Crops

    Presented by Kim Delaney, Hawthorn Organic Farm at the 2015 ACORN Conference

    View slideshow presentation here

  • Crop Rotation for Soil Health (Field Crops)

    ACORN Conference, Grain & Field Crops, Soil & Compost

    Presented by Jeff Moyer, Executive Director Rodale Institute at the 2015 ACORN Conference PEI

    View slideshow presentation here

  • Green Manures for Nitrogen in Vegetable Production

    ACORN Conference, Grain & Field Crops

    Presented by Denis LeFrance, CETAB+ at the 2015 ACORN Conference PEI

  • Permanent Raised Beds

    ACORN Conference, Grain & Field Crops, Soil & Compost, Urban Farming & Gardening

    Presented by Denis LaFrance CETAB+ at the 2015 ACORN Conference PEI

  • Crop Rotations for Soil Health

    ACORN Conference, Grain & Field Crops, Soil & Compost

    Presented by Jeff Moyer, Executive Director of Rodale Insitute

  • Transitioning to No-Till Vegetables

    ACORN Conference, Grain & Field Crops

    Presented by Jeff Moyer, Executive Director Rodale Institute

  • Cover Crops in Potato Production

    ACORN Conference, Grain & Field Crops

    Presented by Ruth Knight, Organic Consultant Inc. at the 2015 ACORN Conference

    Access Slideshow here

  • Grain Marketing Models

    ACORN Conference, Grain & Field Crops

    Presented by Jean-Guy Vaillancourt, Homestead Organics at the 2015 ACORN Conference PEI

    Access Slideshow here

  • Growing and Processing Grain on a Home-Scale

    ACORN Conference, Grain & Field Crops

    Presented by Will Bonsall at the 2015 ACORN Conference PEI

    View Will Bonsall's slideshow here

  • Backyard Vegetables for Winter Storage

    ACORN Conference, Grain & Field Crops, Season Extension

    Presented by Gail Kern of Summer Garden B & B at the 2015 ACORN Conference PEI

    View slideshow 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. 

  • Oilseed Production

    ACORN Conference, Grain & Field Crops

    Loic Dewavrin owns and operates a 1500-acre farm in Quebec, approximately 35 minutes from Montreal. Loic’s primary product is oil from his sunflower field crop, producing over 12,000 litres of oil per year. In this presentation Loic discusses the basics of oil production, differentiates between cold and hot pressed oils, and reviews his trials of various oil seeds. Over the years he has chosen to work primarily with sunflower seed for his oil products. The farm distributes throughout the Quebec region through grocery stores, reselling to other farms and through a cooperative (for more info on the co-op see the notes for Agro-bio: Experiences in a Grain Cooperative). This presentation does not go into the marketing of oilseed; rather it focuses on production and weighs pros and cons of various seeds types.

  • No-Till Organic Soybeans

    ACORN Conference, Complementary Agriculture, Grain & Field Crops, Soil & Compost

    Sébastien Angers from the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton.

    Growing organic no-till soybeans requires a well thought out rotation and planning that involves corn, soy and green manures. The technique of being able to incorporate residues and weed control without tilling requires much tinkering and accurate use of tools, but the improved soil structure and mineralisation provide many benefits to the crops.

  • Experiences in a Grain Co-operative

    ACORN Conference, Business & Marketing, Grain & Field Crops, Infrastructure & Equipment

    In this presentation from the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton, Loic Dewavrin discusses how he helped found a grain cooperative in Quebec, touching on the benefits and challenges of small producers banding together. The talk covers the creation of the co-op, the reasons for starting, the current projects they are undertaking, and their hopes for growth and future work.

  • Sourdough Bread-Making 101

    ACORN Conference, Food Skills, Grain & Field Crops

    In this workshop from the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton, Tegan Wong-Daugherty, co-founder of Buckwheat Flats Natural Foods (NB) provided a hands-on workshop on how to make sourdough bread. Sourdough bread is special in that it uses the local bacteria and yeasts present in your home as a levener, which makes for distinct flavors and characteristics in each loaf. She outlines the steps and ingredients necessary for successful sourdough from start to finish.

  • 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.

  • Considerations for Seed Security and Biodiversity Conservation in Newfoundland

    Grain & Field Crops, Horticulture, Seed, Urban Farming & Gardening

    This report was completed by Research Assistant Shelby Jamieson in 2016. A joint project of ACORN and Carleton University, this report provides a scan of current seed security work, an overview of some potential partnership opportunities, and seed challenges and issues in Newfoundland. This report will be the basis of further consultation in the region, and helps lay the foundation for a program that will help address some identified issues.

  • Weed Control In Organic Grains

    ACORN Conference, Grain & Field Crops

    Eric Gallandt presents at the 2016 ACORN Conference.

  • Growing the Grain Network

    ACORN Conference, Grain & Field Crops

    Ellen Mallory and Heather Darby present at the 2016 ACORN Conference.

  • Dry Bean Research

    ACORN Conference, Grain & Field Crops

    Heather Darby presents at the 2016 ACORN Conference.

  • Nitrogen Fertility for Small Grains

    ACORN Conference, Grain & Field Crops

    Ellen Mallory presents at the 2016 ACORN Conference.

  • 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

  • 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'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

  • OACC's Organic Science Cluster (2009-2013)

    Fruit & Berry, Grain & Field Crops, Horticulture, Livestock, Pests, Disease & Weeds

    Canada’s Organic Science Cluster (OSC) ran from 2009-2013, and was a collaborative effort led jointly by the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC) at Dalhousie University's Agricultural Campus and the Organic Federation of Canada (OFC). The Organic Science Cluster is part of theCanadian Agri-Science Clusters Initiative of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Growing ForwardPolicy Framework and is supported by contributions from industry partners.

    The goals of the Organic Science Cluster are to facilitate a national strategic approach to organic science in Canada, link scientists across the country and disseminate the knowledge generated to organic stakeholders.

    The Organic Science Cluster identified 10 sub-projects, including 30 research activities that were conducted by over 50 researchers plus 30 collaborators in approximately 45 research institutions. Activities of the Organic Science Cluster included work in fruit horticulture, agronomy, cereal crop breeding, soil fertility management, vegetable production, greenhouse production, dairy production systems, parasite control in ruminants, environmental sustainability, and food processing.

    This research came at a time when there was renewed emphasis on innovation, efficiency (energy, labour, economics), and capturing value-added markets. Most of this research directed toward organic agriculture can also be applied to conventional production systems, drawing interest to this cluster from producers across Canada.

  • Part One of ACORN’s 3-part Webinar Series on the Canadian Organic Standards

    Certification, Grain & Field Crops, Pests, Disease & Weeds

    Part One of ACORN's 3-part Webinar Series on the Canadian Organic Standards. Organic Crop Production with Rochelle Eisen B.Sc.(agr), P.Ag - Resilient Solutions Consulting. This one-hour webinar outlines the difference between the Organic Products Regulation and the Canadian Organic Standards as well as overview transition requirements and explain the connection between the Canadian Organic Standard and the Permitted Substances List. Learn more about the crop production sections of the Standards in regards to land requirements, environmental factors, seed and planting stock, soil fertility and pest and disease management.

  • Growing Sunflowers

    Bees & Pollination, Grain & Field Crops, Seed

    How to cultivate and process sunflowers and other oilseeds