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  • Organic Beef & Organic Pasture Fed Beef

    Livestock

    Organic Beef & Organic Pasture Fed Beef; Production Systems; Marketing

  • Animal Welfare Keys & Tips in Organic Livestock Production

    Livestock

    Assessing Animal Welfare; Identifying natural behaviours and the proper management practices as a response.

  • Organic Dairying

    Livestock

    Organic Dairying; Production Systems; Transition to Organic Production
  • Grass-fed beef with Ron Gargasz

    Livestock

    Grass-fed beef with Ron Gargasz: Ecological importance of farming production/consumption; What do you do to maintain pasture quality?
  • Maritime Heritage Livestock Breeders - Directory 2009

    Livestock

    2009 Maritime Heritage Livestock Breeders Directory
  • Poultry Production Methods

    Livestock

    Poultry Production Methods; Breed; Production; Housing; Pricing; Challenges; Resources
  • Pastured Poultry with Tarrah Young

    Livestock

    Poultry Production Methods; Breed; Ration and Metabolic Disorders; Housing; Challenges; Resources
  • Solutions to perennial problems: Animal Control Solutions with Peter Maxner

    Livestock

    Solutions to perennial problems: Animal Control Solutions with Peter Maxner
  • Pastured Pork with Tarah Young

    Livestock

    Pastured Pork with Tarah Young: Pig breeds; Feeding; Health; Pasture system; Slaughter; Marketing; Pricing
  • Incorporating Livestock into a Market Garden or Mixed Farm with Rupert Jannasch

    Livestock

    Incorporating Livestock into a Market Garden or Mixed Farm with Rupert Jannasch: Animal breeds; Rotation system
  • Pasture Renovation with Aaron Hiltz

    Livestock

    Pasture Renovation with Aaron Hiltz: Multi-species grazing; Rotation system
  • Getting Started With Draft Horse Farming with Stewart Fotheringham

    Livestock

    Getting Started With Draft Horse Farming with Stewart Fotheringham: Tractors vs. Horses; Cost; Pasture Management; Care
  • Innovative Weed Management Strategies for Organic Cereal Crops with Dr. Ellen Mallory

    Livestock

    Innovative Weed Management Strategies for Organic Cereal Crops with Dr. Ellen Mallory
  • 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.

  • Maritime Heritage Livestock Breeders Directory

    Livestock

    Find heritage breeds of livestock in the Maritimes by searching this complete directory prepared by Cheryl Williams of Shani's Farm in Nova Scotia.

  • Organic Meat Processing Fact Sheet

    Livestock

    This document outlines how Organic Meats are processed, including the permitted chemicals used for their preparation, how organic integrity is monitored, and some relevant legislation with regards to certified organic meat.

  • Fiche D'Information: Transformation De La Viande Biologique

    Français, Livestock

    Ce document décrit la façon dont les viandes biologiques sont traités, y compris les produits chimiques autorisés et utilisés pour leur préparation, comment l'intégrité biologique est surveillé, et la législation qui concerne la viande biologique certifiée.
     

  • Avantage des produits biologiques : production du bÅ“uf

    Business & Marketing, Certification, Français, Livestock

    Les producteurs qui veulent ajouter de la valeur à leurs cultures biologiques par la mise au pâturage du bétail trouveront dans ce guide des conseils et des ressources.

  • Organic Advantage: The Business Case for Organic Beef Production

    Business & Marketing, Certification, Livestock

    The beef guide provides guidance and resources for producers who want to add value to their organic crops through livestock grazing. (Disponible en français)

  • The Role of Homeopathy in Farm Animals

    ACORN Conference, Livestock

    Julie Anne Lee (College of Animal Homeopathic Medicine) presents at the 2014 ACORN Conference. 

    View Julie Anne Lee 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.

  • ACORN's Quartery Organic Newsletter Issue 52 - Spring 2014

    Business & Marketing, Community Supported Agriculture, Fruit & Berry, Livestock

    Includes articles on the following:

    • Exploring an NB Farmers’ Market Network by Tegan Renner
    • Organic Profile: Slipp Farms 1784 Ltd.
    • Bill C-18: The Agricultural Growth Act & Why It Matters by Keegan Smith
    • ACORN Member Survey Results by Melanie Jellett
    • CSA Trends in Atlantic Canada (Survey Results) by Laura Mather
    • Project & Provincial Updates
    • ACORN’s new Board
    • Seasonal Food Fix
    • Transition Q&A: Livestock in Orchards?
       
  • Organic sheep From Lambing to Shearing

    ACORN Conference, Livestock

    Lorna McMaster and Harry Stoddart present at the 2014 ACORN Conference.

  • Introduction to Rare Breeds & Heritage Livestock

    ACORN Conference, Livestock

    Elwood Quinn presents on rare breeds and heritage livestock at the 2014 ACORN Conference.

  • Pigs – What Works For Me

    ACORN Conference, Livestock

    Elwood Quinn & Pam Heath of rare breeds Canada present at the 2014 ACORN Conference.

  • Rare breeds for Grass-fed beef

    ACORN Conference, Livestock

    Harry Stoddart, with Elwood Quinn and Stacy Corkum present at the 2014 ACORN Conference.

    View Harry Stoddart's slideshow presentation here.

  • Poultry - Colourful Chickens, Odd Ducks and Flying Turkeys

    ACORN Conference, Livestock

    Harry Stoddart presents at the 2014 ACORN Conference.

    View Harry Stoddart's slideshow presentation here.

  • Rare Breeds: Moving from a Hobby to a Business

    ACORN Conference, Livestock

    Harry Stoddart of Stoddart Family Farm presents at the 2014 ACORN Conference.

    View Harry Stoddart's slideshow presentation here.

  • 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.   

  • Integrating Livestock into Organic Field Cropping Systems

    ACORN Conference, Livestock

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

    View presentation here

  • Homeopathic First Aid for Acute Trauma and the First Stage of Fevers

    ACORN Conference, Livestock

    Presented by Julie Anne Lee, DHC, of Adored Beast Aopothecary at the 2015 ACORN Conference

    View slideshow presentation here

  • Business of Livestock - Make your Livestock Make Money

    ACORN Conference, Livestock

    Presented by Tim Livingstone of Strawberry Hill Farm at the 2015 ACORN Conference

    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. 

  • 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  
  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Organic Dairy in the Maritimes: Opportunities and Options

    ACORN Conference, Livestock

    Alyson Chisholm has been farming in McKees Mills since 2009 when she and her partner bought the land and converted it into a working farm. The couple produce certified organic fruits and vegetables and raise dairy and meat goats. In this presentation, from the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton, Alyson talks about her experience raising goats for both meat and milk production. Alyson is followed by Roger Henry, a small producer from PEI, who discusses some of the barriers small milk producers face in the Maritimes. The presentation was followed by a short Q and A session.

  • Halal Meat 101

    ACORN Conference, Livestock

    Zaheera Denath presents at the 2016 ACORN Conference.

    View the accompanying slideshow presentation here.

  • Ethical Veal

    ACORN Conference, Livestock

    Emily Shapiro presents at the 2016 ACORN Conference.

  • Small Cows, Small Acreages, Big Profits

    ACORN Conference, Livestock

    Mike Lafortune presents at the 2016 ACORN Conference.

    View the accompanying slideshow presentation here.

  • Forage Mixtures & Species

    ACORN Conference, Livestock

    John Duynisveld presents at the 2016 ACORN Conference.

    View the accompanying slideshow presentation here.

  • ACORN Pastured Poultry Symposium

    Livestock

    Notes and presentations from the 2017 ACORN Pastured Poultry Symposium.

    Presentation I 

    Presentation II 

    Presentation III 

  • 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.

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

    Certification, Livestock

    Part Two of ACORN's 3-part Webinar Series on the Canadian Organic Standards. Organic Livestock with Anne Macey - co-author COG's Organic Livestock Handbook. This webinar provides an overview of the livestock production sections of the Standards, focusing on information regarding livestock origin, feed, health care, and living conditions.

  • Summer Podcast Series: Intro to Rare Breeds and Heritage Livestock

    ACORN Conference, Livestock

    This Podcast features a workshop led by Elwood Quinn at ACORN's 2014 Conference in Halifax, NS. Speaker and long-time farmer and educator, Elwood Quinn, introduced participants to the breadth of possibilities when it comes to raising, caring, and using rare breed and heritage livestock.