ACORN is a membership-based non-profit incorporated cooperative with a ten member Board of Directors and an Executive Director.
Kent is passionate about growing great tasting food. He wants to grow vegetables that make people want to eat them and believe that this will change the way people eat. He feels that eating healthy food will improve our health and eventually change the way we grow food through public demand and awareness. Kent gave up a professional engineering career in 2006 to grow food full time and have grown a sustainable business ever since. With his awesome staff in 2018 we grew 12 acres of organic veggies and feed people in Sackville, Dieppe and Moncton all year! Organic just makes sense to me.
Joey Pittoello has an undergraduate degree specializing in physics but his life since then has been anything but specialized. After graduating from university, Joey lived for three years in Shikoku,Japan teaching English at public schools on a tiny island of 600 people in Shikoku, Japan. There he acquired an interest in small scale farming practices, human relationships with food, and agricultural policy. He returned to Canada to learn Organic farming practices and has been a small scale organic farmer ever since. Joey joined Just Us! Coffee Roasters as a chocolatier to support his farming habit in 2010. He has since worked as a coffee roaster, Director of Coffee, Operations Manager and now General Manager of the worker co-op of which he is a member. His partner Sarah, and two children Mia and Lewyn live near Wolfville, Nova Scotia on their small organic farm.
Mark is the owner and operator of NL Organics Ltd. and the Newfoundland Gourmet Mushroom Company. As a Senior Associate Consultant with Goss Gilroy he also provides both organic agricultural expertise and business guidance. Operating a 9-acre diversified veggie and mushroom farm in Portugal Cove Newfoundland and Labrador takes up most of his time when he’s not playing music or active in politics. He’s served the greater farming and food security community as a board member of Food First NL, ACORN NL, Common Ground Co-op, FEAST, and as NL’s Director to the Organic Federation of Canada. Trained as an IOIA Organic Crop and Processing inspector Mark brings over 38 years of small farm life, culture, and business to the project from Ontario, the UK, USA, and rocky old NL.
Cammie Harbottle is the owner and operator of Waldegrave Farm, a certified organic market garden in Tatamagouche, NS. After completing a year long ecological farming prorgam, Cammie worked on a leading organic farm in BC for 5 years before establishing Waldegrave Farm in 2009. Cammie is a founding member and current board member, of the Tatamagouche Community Land Trust (TCLT), a 100acre land trust located in Tatamagouche. The TCLT is based on the philosophy that land is a common good and should remain affordable and accessible in perpetuity. Waldegrave Farm has a long-term, renewable lease on 5 acres of the TCLT where it strives to produce good, clean, fair, and high-quality food for local communities. Cammie has also served as a board member of Slow Food Northumberland Shore for the past 4 years and The National Farmers Union for 5 years (2009-2014).
Guy is an orchardist living in Memramcook, NB. He is passionate about vibrant community development in Atlantic Canada, and sees the organic food sector as offering opportunities to various aspects of rural economies, including sustainable land-use, innovative employment and healthy eating.
He has been working as a Project Manager with Verger Belliveau Orchard since 2012 where he also manages an organic apple bloc. In 2017 he started establishing his own orchards along with his wife Joanna and son Isaac, Ferme Jolivent Farm, which will specialize in organic pears and other tree fruit. Guy has previously been on the boards of the Fundy Biosphere Reserve, EOS Eco-Energy and La Bikery Co-Operative.
Born in France but grew up in the Greater Toronto Area, Eva graduated as an Agriculture Technician from the University of Guelph. Eva is a pioneer in small scale agriculture in New Brunswick with her business, Alva Farm. She has been farming organically in New Brunswick since 2009 with her partner Alain and their three children Rose, Claire and Jakob. She is proud of growing tons of organic food while using less than 100 liters of gasoline per season. Eva is also co-founder of Organic Corner/Coin Bio, a cooperative of organic farmers in southeastern NB. She has been in various positions on the board of NFU-NB and La Via Campesia, as well as on the board of Slow Food Cocagne Acadie.
After having worked for ACORN as a project coordinator for five years, Theresa was the executive director of ACORN from 2012 until 2017, when she left to pursue farming as a career. She is now a mother, small-scale garlic farmer, and consultant living on Prince Edward Island.
Judy Loo is an organic market gardener at Springwillow Farms Cooperative, Ltd. in Springfield, PEI, who is committed to conservation-minded stewardship of land and resources, and social justice. Springwillow as certified organic in the mid-1990s by Judy’s father, Gerrit Loo and was subsequently farmed organically by her brother Raymond until 2013. As a teen-ager, Judy left the farm to study forestry and subsequently worked and studied in New Brunswick, Oklahoma, British Columbia and Rome, Italy, before returning to the farm in 2017 after a 40-year hiatus. She worked as a tree seed coordinator, tree breeder, research scientist studying conservation of tree genetic resources, professor teaching conservation genetics and international development scientist implementing projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America on conservation and use of tree genetic resources that are valuable to local people. Throughout her career, Judy stayed connected to organic agriculture by joining CSAs, growing her own veggies in backyard gardens and through advocacy.