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  • Lacto-Fermenting, Dehydrating and Preserving for Eating Local Year-Round with Jen Greenberg

    ACORN Conference, Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Food Skills, Urban Farming & Gardening, Create

    Lacto-Fermenting, Dehydrating and Preserving for Eating Local Year-Round with Jen Greenberg

    Jen Greenberg presented this workshop at the 2011 ACORN organic conference and trade show in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  (54 mins)

  • Health Benefits of Eating in Season featuring Sandra Murphy

    ACORN Conference, Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Food Skills, Educate

    Health Benefits of Eating in Season featuring Sandra Murphy

    Sandra Murphy discusses the health benefits of following a seasonal diet at ACORN's 2011 organic conference and trade show in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

  • CSA Panel

    Community Supported Agriculture

    CSA Panel

    At ACORN's 2009 organic conference and trade show, CSA farmer panelists discuss the pros and cons of CSA-type farming operations.

  • Part 1: CSA: What are CSAs? featuring Charles Levkoe

    ACORN Conference, Community Supported Agriculture

    Part 1:  CSA: What are CSAs? featuring Charles Levkoe

    What are CSA's is one of a series of 6 videos from Charles Levkoe's presentation on the Community Supported Agriculture Movement at the Growing More Organic Conference, Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, March 2007. (7m:36s)

  • Part 2: CSA: Sun Root Farm CSA with Charles Levkoe

    ACORN Conference, Community Supported Agriculture, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Part 2:  CSA: Sun Root Farm CSA with Charles Levkoe

    Sun Root Farm - an example of Community Shared Agriculture in the Maritimes, and is part 2 of a series of 6 videos from Charles Levkoe's presentation on CSA's at the Growing More Organic Conference, Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, March 2007.

  • Part 3: CSA: Sun Root Farm Projects with Charles Levkoe

    ACORN Conference, Community Supported Agriculture, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Part 3:  CSA:  Sun Root Farm Projects with Charles Levkoe

    Sun Root Farm Projects is part 3 of a series of 6 videos from Charles Levkoe's presentation on CSA's at the Growing More Organic Conference, Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, March 2007. (6m:50s)

  • Part 4: CSA: Types of CSA's with Charles Levkoe

    ACORN Conference, Community Supported Agriculture

    Part 4:  CSA:  Types of CSA's with Charles Levkoe

    Types of CSA's - Community Shared Agriculture is one of a series of 6 videos from Charles Levkoe's presentation on CSA's at the Growing More Organic Conference, Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, March 2007. (7m:50s)

  • Part 5: CSA: The Challenge of CSA with Charles Levkoe

    ACORN Conference, Community Supported Agriculture, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Part 5:  CSA:  The Challenge of CSA with Charles Levkoe

    The Challenges of Community Shared Agriculture is one of a series of 6 videos from Charles Levkoe's presentation on CSA's at the Growing More Organic Conference, Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, March 2007. (4m:14s)

  • Part 6: CSA: An Alternative to the Traditional Marketing System with Charles Levkoe

    ACORN Conference, Community Supported Agriculture, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    Part 6:  CSA:  An Alternative to the Traditional Marketing System with Charles Levkoe

    An Alternative to the Traditional Marketing System is part 6 of a series of 6 videos from Charles Levkoe's presentation on CSA's at the Growing More Organic Conference, Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, March 2007. (5m:43s)

  • Welcome to CSA

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Educate

    Welcome to CSA

    If you're looking for a quick introduction to CSA, watch this visually appealing video from Just Food that covers some of the basics.

  • 7 Years of CSA Farming with Profits with Daniel Brisebois and Emily Board

    Community Supported Agriculture

    7 Years of CSA Farming with Profits with Daniel Brisebois and Emily Board
  • ACORN's CSA Guide for Atlantic Canada

    Community Supported Agriculture

    ACORN's CSA Guide for Atlantic Canada: What is a CSA?; Types of CSAs; Starting a CSA: Farm profiles; CSA literature; Sample Evaluation; Resources
  • CSA Farm Profile: Food Bank Farm

    Community Supported Agriculture

    CSA Farm Profile: Food Bank Farm
  • How to Market Your CSA with Patricia Bishop

    Community Supported Agriculture

    How to Market Your CSA with Patricia Bishop
  • Eating Locally All Year Long with Jen Greenberg

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Food Skills, Getting Started With Organic Farming, Educate

    Eating Locally all Year Long with Jen Greenberg.

  • 2013 CSA Trend Summary Report

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Educate

    Want to learn more and gain insights into the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model in Atlantic Canada? ACORN's summary of our extensive CSA Trend Report (a three-year trend report) gives you an idea of the trends and risks of the CSA model.

  • 2013 CSA Trend Full Report

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Educate

    Want to learn more and gain insights into the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model in Atlantic Canada? The ACORNCSA Trend Report, a three-year trend report, is a synthesis of surveys conducted to solicit CSA/farmshare member feedback in 2010, 2011 and 2012. 

  • ACORN's Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

    Community Supported Agriculture

    ACORN's Guide to CSAs profiles the basics of operating a CSA in Atlantic Canada, as well as overviews of many CSA's in the region. Note: this is a large file (13MB), so it's going to take some time to download. (2009)

  • CSA Software Panel Notes

    ACORN Conference, Community Supported Agriculture

    Read the notes from a panel at the 2013 ACORN Conference featuring various CSA software options: HarvestHand, Farmigo, and Small Farm Central.

  • CSA Toolkit

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Create

    The Ecology Action Centre created this CSA toolkit in 2011 and features food storage guide, nutritional information for commonly grown vegetables, local food and farming facts, and more.

  • CSA Profitability Analysis: Case study of three Nova Scotia farms

    Community Supported Agriculture

    In this report, consultant Gary Morton performs a full financial analysis of three Nova Scotia CSAs, offering best practices and plenty of advice.

  • 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?
       
  • 2014 CSA Shareholder Survey Summary Results

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Educate

    The results of ACORN's annual CSA Shareholder/Farmshare survey provide insight into who CSA members are and what are their preferences

  • ACORN's Quarterly Organic Newsletter Issue 55 - Winter 2015

    ACORN Conference, Certification, Community Supported Agriculture

    Includes articles on the following:

    • Message from ACORN Executive Director: Theresa Richards
    • Conference Highlights
    • Quebec's CSA Network by Theresa Richards & Tegan Renner
    • Small-Scale Organic Working Group by Shannon Jones
    • The Steps Before The Leap To Organic Certification by Colleen Prentice
    • Project Updates
    • Volunteer of the Season: Peter Myatt
    • Price Tracker
    • Seasonal Food Fix
  • 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
  • 2015 ACORN CSA Shareholder Survey Summary Results

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Educate

    The results of ACORN's annual CSA Shareholder/Farmshare survey provide insight into who CSA members are and what are their preferences

  • Scaling up your CSA

    ACORN Conference, Business & Marketing, Community Supported Agriculture

    This session from the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton consisted of presentations from two CSA farmers, Josh Oulton and Kent Coates, speaking on the challenges, rewards and considerations of scaling up your CSA farm business. Some particular issues to consider were: Marketing, Delivery, Communication. Construction, Presort and wash, Production

  • 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

  • Considering the Marketing Co-operative

    ACORN Conference, Business & Marketing, Community Supported Agriculture

    At ACORN's 2013 Conference, Amanda Hachey of the Cooperative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick, gives an overview of co-operative marketing options for organic farms, including multi-farm CSAs.

  • Farm networks work: A CSA success story

    Community Supported Agriculture

    This research brief from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems provides two examples of CSAs joining together to form networks to strengthen CSA farms in their region.

  • Local Harvest: A Multifarm CSA Handbook

    Community Supported Agriculture

    This SARE-funded book details the concept of a multi-farm CSA by sharing the development of Local Harvest CSA, an eight-farm cooperative CSA.

  • Guide to Legal Issues in CSA: The road to the membership agreement

    Community Supported Agriculture

    Although American, this resource gives valuable guidance on the development of CSA membership agreements and lots of samples to consider.

  • Storing fruits & vegetables from the home garden

    Community Supported Agriculture, Food Skills

    Tips on proper storage for vegetables and fruit at home

  • Tipi Produce Vegetable Storage Overview

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Food Skills, Create

    Tips on proper storage of vegetables and fruit at home from Tipi Produce Farm in Wisconsin

  • Food Preservation

    Community Supported Agriculture, Food Skills

    FairShare CSA Coalition features an array of food preservation links on their website.

  • CSA: More for your money in fresh vegetables

    Community Supported Agriculture

    While the data is outdated (1996), this research brief from the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems provides interesting price comparisons for CSAs, farmers' markets, health food stores, and grocery stores.

  • CSA Action Manual

    Community Supported Agriculture

    While this Soil Association resource has some UK content that isn't relevant, the vast majority offers helpful guidance on starting up a CSA from a community or organizational perspective.

  • Managing a CSA farm: Production, labour and land

    Community Supported Agriculture

    Key considerations for starting a CSA regarding produciton, labour and land from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. 

  • Managing a CSA farm 2: community, economics, marketing and training

    Community Supported Agriculture

    Key considerations for starting a CSA regarding members, finances and marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. 

  • Eight Tips From the Experts to Make Your Community Shared Agriculture Project a Success

    Community Supported Agriculture

    Some great insights from CSA producers themselves on starting up a CSA (originally published by COG).

  • CSA Example Crop Plans

    Community Supported Agriculture

    FairShare CSA Coalition's website features a number of crop planning resources and examples.

  • Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers

    Community Supported Agriculture

    This COG publication is an invaluable resource for CSA producers. Includes links to free templates.

  • Nutritional Information

    Community Supported Agriculture

    Farmers' Markets of Nova Scotia has created nutritional information fact sheets (including some recipes!) for beets, chard, kale, parsnip, rhubarb, rutabaga, and zucchini.

  • Roxbury Farm Cooking and Storage Tips

    Community Supported Agriculture

    CSA members need to know what to do with the produce you give them! Roxbury Farm details concise descriptions of lesser known vegetables and storage and culinary tips for nearly 40 types of vegetables.

  • Small Farm Central

    Community Supported Agriculture

    Small Farm Central offers CSA member assembler and other technical support to CSAs.

  • HarvestHand

    Community Supported Agriculture

    Harvest Hand offers CSA management software and works to create new media solutions that strengthen regional food systems.

  • Farmigo

    Community Supported Agriculture

    Farmigo offers CSA management software

  • Michael Kilpatrick's CSA School

    Community Supported Agriculture

    Three sessions of CSA "school" by Michael Kilpatrick of Kilpatrick Family Farm in New York, plus plenty of other links for more CSA resources. 

  • From Farm to Table: Bring the farm closer to the plate with community-supported agriculture

    Community Supported Agriculture, Food Skills

    This Fix.com blog written by Halifax-based Andrea Moore provides a good overview of why CSAs are a great choice and what to expect when signing up for one. While geared to a US audience, there is valuable content and great graphics to boot!

  • Be a Great CSA Member

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Belong

    CSA is a two-way street. What can you do to be a great CSA member?

  • Is This The Year You'll Join a CSA?

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Belong

    In this blog post, Robin Schirmer of The Local Beet suggests the best ways to find a CSA and asks potential CSA members to think about what makes a good CSA member.

  • Pros and Cons of Joining a CSA

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Belong

    Food writer Kathy Erway shares some of the pros and cons to consider before joining a CSA.

  • On Being a Good CSA Member

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Belong

     If you decide that a CSA is for you, be the best CSA customer you can be! Check out these tips on how to do just that.

  • CSA The Right Way

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Belong

    Eager to sign up for a share in a CSA? Here's what you need to know to make the most out of a CSA membership.

  • Handy Reference for Canning Vegetables

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Create

    A one-page canning guide that provides all the information you need to start canning vegetables!

  • Handy Reference for Canning Fruits

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Create

    Preserving the sweet taste of summer fruits is made easy with this handy one-page guide on canning.

  • The Year in Food Blog

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Create

    This  blog written by Kimberly Hasselbrink features straightforward and seasonal recipes alongside beautiful photos.

  • Handy Reference for Freezing Fruits

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Create

    Freezing fruit is the easiest way to save the great flavors of local fruit to enjoy later in the year. Use this helpful guide to freeze all of your favourite seasonal fruits.

  • Storing Fruits and Vegetables for Better Taste

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Create

    Find everything you'd like to know about storing specific fruits and vegetables.

  • Canning Booklet

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Create

    An excellent online resource, packed with tips and tricks for first-time and experienced home canners.

  • Storing Fruits & Vegetables From the Home Garden

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Create

    When stored properly, fresh fruits and vegetables from your CSA box can last well after the harvest. This comprehensive examines fruits and vegetables individually to offer the best storing techniques.

  • Food Safety

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Create

    When food is not stored or handled properly, dangerous bacteria can develop. To learn more about  proper handling techniques, refer to this guide published by the Mapleton Teaching Kitchen.

  • Basic Food Skills

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Create

    A great introduction or refresher on fundamental kitchen skills, covering everything from recipe cooking terms to measuring ingredients.

  • Food Preservation

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Create

    FaireShare CSA's website features an organized and comprehensive guide to food preservation, offering tips on canning, dehydrating, freezing, and fermenting that will help you extend the season of your seasonal fruits and vegetables.

  • What is CSA?

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Educate

    New to CSA? Check out Just Food's introduction, which explores the benefits of CSA, its history, and frequently asked questions.

  • Adventures in Local Food

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Educate

    This is a blog from the Food Action Committee of the Ecology Action Centre, based in Halifax, NS. On this blog, you'll find information on CSAs, seasonal eating, preserving, root cellars, and much more.

  • CSA: More for your money in fresh vegetables

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Educate

    This University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems research brief demonstrates the significant financial savings a CSA program can offer.

  • Cooking and Storage Tips

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Create

    Check out Roxbury Farm's Cooking and Storage Tips, which features an extensive list of vegetables and fruits accompanied by a number of helpful tips.

  • Nutritional Information

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Create

    Fresh vegetables are nature's goodness. Farmers' Markets of Nova Scotia has compiled a handy list of  vegetables along with their nutritional information, cooking methods, and recipes.

  • From Farm to Table: Bring the Farm Closer to the Plate With Community-Supported Agriculture

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Educate

    Community supported agriculture is a great way to bring the farm closer to your kitchen table. Halifax-based biologist and writer, Andrea Moore, explains the risks and rewards of CSA as well as tips for finding the right fit.

  • How CSA Changed My Life

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Educate

    Bruce Bradley, a former processed food marketer with General Mills, shares how buying a CSA share with a local organic farm helped him disconnect from unhealthy eating decisions and changed the way he approaches meal-planning.

  • How to Get The Most out of Your CSA

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Create

    Kate McDonough, author of The City Cook, shares some of her tips on cooking from a CSA box.

  • This Week My CSA Box Has Greens, More Greens, Parsley and a Quart of Strawberries

    Community Supported Agriculture, Farmshare, Create

    It takes a lot of planning to use a weekly share to its greatest potential. Here's a peek at the process for keeping up with a CSA box.