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  • 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.

  • Evaluation of Compost Teas for Disease Management of Wild Blueberries in Nova Scotia with Dr. Kathleen Glover

    Soil & Compost

    Evaluation of Compost Teas for Disease Management of Wild Blueberries in Nova Scotia with Dr. Kathleen Glover: Methods, Results
  • Composting for Field Crops with Roger Henry

    Soil & Compost

    Composting for Field Crops with Roger Henry
  • Keeping greenhouse soils fertile: Nutrients, compost and salt with Rupert Jannasch

    Soil & Compost

    Keeping greenhouse soils fertile: Nutrients, compost and salt with Rupert Jannasch: Soil Fertility; Composting
  • Organic Fertilization with Donald Ouellet

    Soil & Compost

    Organic Fertilization with Donald Ouellet
  • Microfungus Clonostachys Rosea Presentation with John C. Sutton

    Soil & Compost

    Microfungus Clonostachys Rosea Presentation with John C. Sutton
  • Forage Management for Pasture

    Soil & Compost

    Forage Management for Pasture; Grass species; Legume species; Weed species
  • The 'W5' of Grazing

    Soil & Compost

    The ‘W5' of Grazing with E. Ann Clark: Why control grazing?; What do you need to be a grazier?

  • Tomato and Cucurbit Grafting with Carly L. Rivard

    Soil & Compost

    Tomato and Cucurbit Grafting with Carly L. Rivard: Grafting Effects; Economics
  • Seaweed Extracts and Their Application in Crop Management Programs

    Soil & Compost

    Seaweed Extracts and Their Application in Crop Management Programs with J. Norrie
  • Site Preparation with Claude Berthélémé

    Pests, Disease & Weeds, Soil & Compost

    Site Preparation with Claude Berthélémé: Importance of planning ahead; Soil fertility and pH; Soil amendments; Weed control strategies; Improved drainage

  • Bringing Out the Best in Your Soil: Organic Soil and Fertility Management with Ellen Mallory

    Soil & Compost

    Bringing out the best in your soil: Organic Soil and Fertility Management with Ellen Mallory
  • 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
  • Soil Foodwebs for Berry Production

    Soil & Compost

    : Managing Your Soil with Compost and Compost Teas/Extracts
  • Water Management Irrigation for Frost Protection

    Soil & Compost

    Water Management Irrigation for frost protection; When to start irrigating?; Irrigation with tensiometers; Water Management for Harvesting; Winter Flooding
  • Weed Control and Organic Field Rotations with Roger Henry

    Soil & Compost

    Weed Control and Organic Field Rotations Roger Henry: Potatoes, Cereals, Soy Beans, Carrots; Weed Control
  • Plant Signals: Nutritional Deficiencies & Disease

    Soil & Compost

    Plant Signals: Nutritional Deficiencies & Disease with Av Singh: Nutrient Mobility; Immobile Nutrients; Addressing Disorders
  • Identifying Beneficial Insects & Integrating Biological Control Practices

    Soil & Compost

    Identifying Beneficial Insects & Integrating Biological Control Practices with Alana Respondek: Biological Control; Greenhouse Pests; Outdoor Pests; Naturally Occuring beneficials; Microbial Insecticides & Fungicides; Pollination & Bumble Bees
  • Compost Tea: Production & Application with Tim Livingstone

    Soil & Compost

    Compost Tea: Production & Application with Tim Livingstone: Compost; Brewer; Application
  • Soil Amendments: Where to Get & How to Apply (Notes)

    Soil & Compost

    Soil Amendments: Where to Get & How to Apply with Roxanne Beavers and Rupert Jannasch: Fertility; Manure; Compost; Rules of Amendment
  • Soil Amendments: Where to Get & How to Apply

    Soil & Compost

    Soil Amendments: Where to Get & How to Apply with Roxanne Beavers and Rupert Jannasch: Fertility; Manure; Compost; Rules of Amendment. Document includes some additional resources and questions that can be used to gauge understanding. Detailed notes are available as a separate resource on the Resource Directory.

  • Bringing Back the Soil for Improved Productivity.

    Soil & Compost

    Bringing Back the Soil for Improved Productivity with Claude Berthélémé.

  • Signals from the Soil - Sensory Guide to Soil Health (Notes)

    Soil & Compost

    Signals from the Soil: Sensory Guide to Soil Health with Av Singh: Composition of Soil; Soil Test
  • Signals from the Soil - Sensory Guide to Soil Health

    Soil & Compost

    Signals from the Soil: Sensory Guide to Soil Health with Av Singh: Composition of Soil; Soil Test
  • Under Cover: A Guide to Using Cover Crops in the Maritimes

    Soil & Compost

    Under Cover is a resource that reviews various cover crops that can be used in Atlantic Canada, including guidance on each, as well as farmer feedback. It also includes where to find seed and costs! (2008)

  • A web-based cover crop decision tool for growers in Eastern Canada

    Soil & Compost

    The cover crop decision tool is a resource published by Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (2014). Available in French upon request.

  • Organic Principles for Tillage

    ACORN Conference, Soil & Compost

    Roger Henry (Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada) presents at the 2014 ACORN Conference.

  • Managing Nutrients and Soil Health in Organic Field Crop Systems

    ACORN Conference, Soil & Compost

    Dr. Derek Lynch and Rosalie Madden (Dalhousie University) present at the 2014 ACORN Conference. 

  • 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.

  • Fertility Experiments (Bio-Char, Vermi-Compost & Rock Dust)

    ACORN Conference, Soil & Compost

    Alex Denicola, Motheroak Permaculture; Peter Maxner; Gilberte Doelle, Wild Rose Farm; present at the 2014 ACORN Conference.

  • Soil Test 101

    ACORN Conference, Soil & Compost

    Dr Av Singh discusses soil testing at the 2014 ACORN Conference.

  • Biodynamic Basics and Composting

    ACORN Conference, Soil & Compost

    Rosemary Taylor and Kathryn Aunger of Earth Haven Farm present at the 2014 ACORN Conference.

  • ACORN's Quarterly Organic Newsletter Issue 56 - Spring 2015

    Certification, Community Supported Agriculture, Soil & Compost

    Includes articles on the following:

    • Update on Biodegradable Mulches
    • Provincial Organic Survey Results
    • Project & Provincial Updates
    • Upholding Our Organic Standards
    • CSA Shareholder & Farm Survey Results
    • Seasonal Food Fix
  • Soil Matter Organic from the Ground Up

    ACORN Conference, Soil & Compost

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

  • Soil Regeneration for Healthy Farms and Resiliency

    ACORN Conference, Soil & Compost

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

    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

  • 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

  • Managing Novel Green manures and Nutrient Sources in Organic Field Crop Systems

    ACORN Conference, Horticulture, Soil & Compost

    Dr. Derek Lynch, P.Ag (Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture) at the 2015 ACORN Conference PEI

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Building the Best Soil: Creating Healthy Soils Through Soil Tests, Mulching and Cover Crops

    ACORN Conference, Soil & Compost

    Paul and Sandy Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm (NY) discuss the importance of mulching with straw to control weeds and improve soil fertility at the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton. They outline their methods, the fertilizers and cover crops they use.

  • Growing Mixes and Compost: What to Know

    ACORN Conference, Soil & Compost

    In this presentation from the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton, Rob English of the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries outlines the important things to consider for different soil mixes, including the pros and cons of various materials that can be added to soil mixes. He also explains the results from trials conducted at Jolly Farmer in 2013 with various soil mixes and fertilizers. He also outlines the important elements needed to create a good compost and how to test if your compost is doing well.

  • The Origin of Soil

    ACORN Conference, Soil & Compost

    In this session from the 2013 ACORN conference in Moncton, Dr. Andrew Hammermeister discusses how soil is formed and the environmental factors that affect its quality. He also discusses soil health and touches on the basic chemistry behind soil.

  • Brix Testing and Growing Quality Vegetables

    ACORN Conference, Horticulture, Soil & Compost

    At the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton, Dan Kitteridge explained how to improve nutrient content in the food farmers produce, and to simultaneously improve the health of the plants and the soil on the farm by regulating pests and diseases before the onset of problems. In this third segment of his three-part talk, Dan focused primarily on practical tools that can be used on the farm to monitor soil and plant health, and how to use them.

  • Nutrient Dense Crops

    ACORN Conference, Horticulture, Soil & Compost

    In this presentation from the 2013 ACORN conference in Moncton, Dan Kitteridge discusses nutrients and their importance for human health and how these nutrients must be considered when building healthy soil. He approaches farming from an approach that works from producing the healthiest crops back to how he prepares his soil.

  • Albrecht Method

    ACORN Conference, Soil & Compost

    In this presentation from the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton, Eltjo van Cingel introduces the Albrecht method as well as its origins and variety of benefits. He also discusses a variety of nutrients and experiments he has conducted involving the Albrecht method.

  • Fertility & Rotations

    ACORN Conference, Soil & Compost

    Robert St-Arnaud presents at the 2016 ACORN Conference.

    View the accompanying slideshow presentation here.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • A Guide To Successful Subsoiling

    Soil & Compost

    This guide focuses on the remediation of compaction through subsoiling. When properly done, subsoiling loosens the soil allowing roots to penetrate deeper into the profile, increasing the depth of water infiltration, and improving conditions conducive to biological activity. It is therefore the starting point for the alleviation of compacted soils. However, subsoiling is a complex and expensive operation which must be well planned and executed in order to achieve the desired results. Problems caused by improperly executed subsoiling may outweigh the benefits. In order for this operation to be successful it is important to understand both the optimal field conditions for subsoiling and the basic mechanics involved.

  • Summer Podcast Series: Soil Test 101

    ACORN Conference, Soil & Compost

    This podcast from ACORN's 2014 Conference in Halifax, NS and features speaker Dr. Av Singh.

    To be good farmers we need to be conscientious of soil biology, chemistry, and physics. Once you know you soil type and suitability you still need to understand and plan for fertility if you are to be productive on the land. The best way to understand what nutrients are available for your plants is to test your soil in a lab.