An ACORN Event

Holistic Farm Life Workshop: New Brunswick

Date(s) February 19th and 20th, 2017

Riverside Resort & Conference Centre
35 Mactaquac Road, French Village Fredericton, NB E3E 1L2

Holistic Farm Life Workshop: New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK's Holistic Farm Life Planning is a two-day intensive for farm families who are ready to embrace the opportunity to explore and begin to make a solid plan for the future of their farm. This experience will allow the participants to walk through a process that will provide them with an initial framework that will help to identify priorities and align these with their goals–both farm-related and personal. Ultimately, it will challenge farm families and farm business owners to create a vision of the life they want together on their farm, today and into the future.  The workshop will be delivered by Debbie Lawrence, a business, life and career coach and communications consultant.

Holistic Farm Life Planning will consist of "planning" with a view toward the whole person, the whole farm family/unit (where applicable) and the whole farm. It will offer a way for farmers to identify their farm and family /personal values and goals; and to make sure the way they run their farm business is aligned with those goals. Participants will be given a workbook for the components of Holistic Strategic Planing for the Farm.  Following this comprehensive workshop, they will use the workbook framework provided along with the planning and decision making tools and techniques presented to complete a holistic strategic plan rooted in key areas including farm operations, production planning, financial sustainability, strengthening interpersonal relationships, succession planning, and individual health and wellness.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 13th by noon

Cost for ACORN Members: $100

Cost for Non-Members: $150

+ ONLY an additional $50 for multiple people from the same farm - we STRONGLY encourage you to bring multiple members of your farm operation, from partners to employees and family!

Lunches for both days are included in the fee.

If you can't make this date and time, the same workshop will be offered in Charlottetown, PEI, on February 23rd and 24th - find out more here.

ACORN's Cancellation Policy - All notice of cancellations must be received in writing one week in advance and 75% of registration fees will be refunded, with the remaining 25% to support ACORN's administrative management. Cancellations received after this date will not be refunded. Substitutions received in writing from the registered participant will be accepted. Cancellations and substitutions should be forwarded to

What participants are saying:

"This workshop helped us actually set SMART goals in relation to our vision and ideas."

"There is a huge difference between day one of the workshop and day two:  from a big vision down to realistic goals based on what we can achieve"

"This type of planning can be overwhelming, but this workshop brought structure and allowed me time to think through important questions.  It also showed me the importance of knowing my personal needs before I start building a business, it's all intertwined!"

"Every farmer should do this type of planning every year."

 - Feedback from participants in Nova Scotia's Holistic Farm Life Planning workshop in February, 2016


Accomodation: ACORN is pleased to be able to offer a special room rate at the Riverside Resort of $89 +HST / night, which includes one complimentary hot breakfast (additional breakfasts available for only $5+HST per person).

Accommodations must be booked individually by contacting the hotel directly at 506-363-5111 or toll-free 1-800-561-5111. Ensure you mention you are with ACORN to get the special rate.

Please note that this special rate expires February 13rd, so book today!


TENTATIVE AGENDA (subject to change)

Sunday, February 19th


9:00 AM  - Holistic Farm Model

10:30 AM  - BREAK

11:00 AM  - Communication

12:15-1:00 PM  - LUNCH (provided)

1:00 PM - Intentional Dialogue

2:00 PM - Personal Holistic Farm Analysis

3:30 PM - BREAK

3:45 PM  - Holistic Farm Mission

4:15 PM - Reflections & Directions

4:30 PM - SUPPER BREAK (on your own)

7:00 PM - Activity:  Creating the Farm Mission Statement

Monday, February 20th

9:00 AM - Holistic Farm Action Plan

10:30 AM - SMART Goal Setting

11:30 AM - Contextualizing Holistic Action Plan

12:15 PM - LUNCH (provided)

1:00 PM  - Activity:  Vision Mapping

2:00 PM -  BREAK

2:15 PM  - Creating & Sharing Our Holistic Farm Model Story

4:00 PM - Wrap-up & Reflections & Evaluations


Holistic Farm Life Planning will be delivered by Debbie Lawrence, founder of Abundant Living.  Debbie Lawrence is a life, business & career coach. She is the author of “Standing In Your Light: Women and Entrepreneurship” and is the former Director of the Professional Ethics Review Committee for the International Association of Coaches. Debbie is a columnist for several publications including the Nova Scotia Business Journal. For three decades she has gained valuable experience as a coach, teacher, consultant and facilitator. A former college principal, Debbie has worked with IBM Canada, Gulf Canada, various marketing agencies and was Vice President of KeyCorp Inc. before choosing to fully dedicate herself to her coaching practice. She is also the recipient of the NS Champion Ambassador Award for Workplace Education.