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  • 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)

  • Small-Scale Organic Processing Opportunities

    Certification, Infrastructure & Equipment, Value-Added

    Small-Scale Organic Processing Opportunities

    At the 2010 organic conference and trade show, organic inspector and farmer Brian Ives discusses his experiences inspecting processing plants across Atlantic Canada.  He sees opportunities for small-scale processing operations for organic value-added foods.

  • Farm Record-Keeping 2.0

    ACORN Conference, Business & Marketing, Infrastructure & Equipment

    Farm Record-Keeping 2.0

    In this seminar from the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton, David Wides, a farmer, discusses the importance of good record keeping and how AgSquared technology can assist with this. He outlines the various features of AgSquared and their integrated nature. It is suggested to refer to the accompanying slide show due to this presentation's highly visual nature.

  • Increasing Small Farm Capacity: Introduction to Small Scale Farm Machinery and Equipment with Rupert Jannasch

    Infrastructure & Equipment

    Increasing Small Farm Capacity: Introduction to Small Scale Farm Machinery and Equipment with Rupert Jannasch
  • Q&A Small Scale Farm Machinery/Equipment with Rupert Jannasch

    Infrastructure & Equipment

    Q&A: Small Scale Farm Machinery/Equipment with Rupert Jannasch
  • Transporting Organics: Considerations for Organic Integrity in Distribution

    Certification, Infrastructure & Equipment

    The likelihood that organic products travel with non-organic products is great, and organic integrity can be at risk. This resource outlines some of the key considerations you should take into account to maintain organic intergrity in distribution as either producer or distributor.

  • Directory of Organic Farm Supplies

    Infrastructure & Equipment

    See ACORN's complete Directory of Farm Supplies as your source for equipment (large and small), hand tools, and organic farm supplies in one easy document! Enjoy! (2011)

  • Equipping for Efficiency

    ACORN Conference, Infrastructure & Equipment

    Tim Livingstone (Strawberry Hill Farm) presents at the 2014 ACORN Conference.

    View Tim Livingstone's slideshow here.

  • Season Extension Using Low Cost and High Tech

    ACORN Conference, Infrastructure & Equipment

    Tim Livingstone (Strawberry Hill Farm) presents at the 2014 ACORN Conference. 

  • Seed Cleaning Equipment and Souces Relative to your Scale of Production

    ACORN Conference, Infrastructure & Equipment, Seed

    Presented by Kim Delaney at the 2015 ACORN Conference PEI

    View slideshow presentation here

  • How do Subsoilers Work in Various Soils?

    ACORN Conference, Infrastructure & Equipment

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

    View Slideshow presentation here

  • FarmHack: tools and Innovations for Small-Scale Farm Part 2

    ACORN Conference, Infrastructure & Equipment

    Presented by David Greenberg, Abundant Acres and William Pedersen, Windy Hill Farm at the 2015 ACORN Conference PEI

    Slideshow David Greenberg available here

    Slideshow William Pedersen available here

  • ACORN's Quarterly Organic Newsletter Issue 59 - Winter 2016

    ACORN Conference, Food Skills, Infrastructure & Equipment, Livestock

    Includes articles on the following:

    • Conference Highlights
    • Visit to Polyface Farm, SALLY BERNARD
    • Organic Materials Review Institute KELSEY McKEE
    • Farm Hack & Slow Tools, DAVID GREENBERG
    • Project & Provincial Updates
    • Organic in Newfoundland, RUPERT JANNASCH 
    • NB @ NEVF Conference , EMILIE McBRIDE  
    • Bulk Ordering Program, TARA SCOTT  
    • Seasonal Food Fix  
  • Farm Hack - A Glossary of Terms

    Business & Marketing, Infrastructure & Equipment

    ACORN hosted Dorn Cox Farm Hack co-founder.  These were the handouts from the event.

  • Animal Management with Sebastien Angers

    ACORN Conference, Infrastructure & Equipment, Livestock

    From the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton NB. Pastured pork requires a process of trial and error. Sanitation and hygiene is one of the biggest challenges and having a good barn set up and cleaning routine is paramount. Decisions of when to put your animals on pasture and take them off help with animal nutrition and pasture longevity and health.

  • Intensive Pasture Management

    ACORN Conference, Complementary Agriculture, Infrastructure & Equipment, Livestock

    Sébastien Angers at the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton.

    Paying attention to your pastures and grazing times is most important for maximising yield. Pastures provide most energy at certain stages in growth. Pigs will ruin a pasture if not taken off or put on at the wrong stage of plant growth. The mix of species in a pasture can be adjusted according to every farm and climate. Pay attention to managing pastures for best longevity and results.

  • Season Extension with High Tunnels

    ACORN Conference, Infrastructure & Equipment, Season Extension

    In this session from the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton, Paul and Sandy Arnold discuss their management practices of high tunnels for early and late season production as well as over the winter. They started with one high tunnel, but seeing the pay-off quickly increased the number. High tunnels can allow for excellent production throughout the year; however, they require more management and infrastructure, and call on the grower to be an excellent marketer and record-keeper.

  • Season Extension with Storage, Cellaring and Low Tunnels

    ACORN Conference, Infrastructure & Equipment, Season Extension

    In this session from the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton, Paul and Sandy Arnold discussed their approach to season extension including storage, cellaring, and the use of low tunnels. They grow a variety of crops to store and sell over the winter months and have tailored their on-farm infrastructure to support these endeavors. Included in the presentation slideshow is detailed information of curing and storage requirement for the crops they find store, and sell well, over the winter.

  • Processing On-Farm and Off-Farm

    ACORN Conference, Infrastructure & Equipment, Livestock

    In this presentation from the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton, Guylaine Buecheli, who farms in Quebec, discusses her and her partner’s farm and how it has grown to meet consumer demands. The couple raise pigs, cattle, and do their own processing at a butcher they co-own. More recently they’ve begun to cure and dry their own deli styled meats. Guylaine talks about the challenges they’ve faced as they expanded their business.

  • 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.

  • Mechanical Weeding Techniques

    ACORN Conference, Infrastructure & Equipment, Pests, Disease & Weeds

    This presentation from the 2013 ACORN conference in Moncton featured three speakers: Josh Oulton (Tap Root Farms, NS), Michael Carr (Jemseg River Farm, NB), Kent Coates (Nature's Route Farm, NB).  Each guest speaker presented for 15 minutes on the methods they use on their farms to mechanically cultivate, as well as other methods of weed control and prevention that they use.  There was a brief discussion at the end about where each farmer gave his input about when to start using mechanical cultivation, and what it has done for them in terms of efficiency.

  • Greenhouse Vegetable Production in New Brunswick

    Bees & Pollination, Horticulture, Infrastructure & Equipment, Season Extension

    Notes from consulations with organic greenhouse vegetable producers (Rainbow Harvest Acres, Walker Produce Farm, Ferme Pouce Vert, Jemseg River Farm, Codiac Organic Ltd., Strawberry Hill Farm, Nature’s Route, and Diddley Squash Farm) throughout New Brunswick in 2016, with detailed information on best practices for producing tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers in greenhouses. Special focus on heating, pollination, pruning. varietial choices and disease issues.

  • Root Cellaring 101

    Food Skills, Infrastructure & Equipment, Season Extension

    At the 2016 Homesteading Symposium in Moncton, NB, Robin and Rebecca LeBlanc share their many methods of preserving their harvest. Together they explain how they store summer’s bounty and give insight to where certain crops should be stored.

  • 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.

  • Making the Most of Your Machinery

    ACORN Conference, Infrastructure & Equipment

    Daniel Haartman presents at the 2016 ACORN Conference.

    View the accompanying slideshow presentation here

  • Irrigation Strategies for a Changing Climate

    ACORN Conference, Infrastructure & Equipment

    David Greenberg presents at the 2016 ACORN Conference.

  • Auto Construction

    ACORN Conference, Infrastructure & Equipment

    Isaac Villeneuve and David Greenberg present at the 2016 ACORN Conference.

    View the accompanying slideshow presentation here

  • Building the Best Wash Station

    ACORN Conference, Infrastructure & Equipment

    Av Singh 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

  • 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.

  • Protecting Greenhouses Through Weather Challenges

    ACORN Conference, Infrastructure & Equipment

    Protecting Greenhouses Through Weather Challenges.This Podcast is a Q & A (Questions and Answers) taken from ACORN's 2015 Organic Conference in PEI. It is led by Tim Livingstone, Norm Eygenraam and Vincent Dieras.