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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)

  • Beyond Peak Oil: Lessons from Cuba's Agriculture Featuring Roberto Perez Rivero

    ACORN Conference, Complementary Agriculture, Food Skills, Urban Farming & Gardening

    Beyond Peak Oil:  Lessons from Cuba's Agriculture Featuring Roberto Perez Rivero

    At ACORN's 2011 organic conference and trade show in Nova Scotia, Cuban permaculturalist Roberto Perez Rivero presented his research and experiences with a permaculture-based Cuban society.  (60 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.

  • Edible Landscaping: How To Transform Your Yard Into A Food Forest

    Food Skills

    Edible Landscaping:  How To Transform Your Yard Into A Food Forest

    Urban gardener Jayme Melrose explains many ways to make your lawn and edible and beautiful food resource at the 2011 ACORN organic conference and trade show in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  (59 mins)

  • Gift of Organic Farming with Klaas and Mary Howell-Martens

    Business & Marketing, Food Skills, Getting Started With Organic Farming, Grain & Field Crops

    Gift of Organic Farming with Klaas and Mary Howell-Martens

    Gift of Organic Farming 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.

  • Biodiversity in Organic Farming sites

    Food Skills

    Biodiversity in Organic Farming sites

    A study from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom shows and provides scientific evidence that organic farming methods generally provide more biodiverse environments.

  • 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.

  • Keeping Chickens in the City with Louise Hanavan

    ACORN Conference, Food Skills, Urban Farming & Gardening

    Keeping Chickens in the City with Louise Hanavan: Chickens; Supplies; Pest control

  • Garden Centre List by ACORN (2009)

    Certification, Food Skills, Getting Started With Organic Farming

    ACORN Garden Centre List: Fertilizers; Soil Mixtures; Growth Promoters
  • Making Organic Society's Norm with Marjorie Willison

    Business & Marketing, Food Skills

    Making Organic Society's Norm with Marjorie Willison: Social Change; Communication; Strategy
  • Food Processing Guide

    Food Skills, Value-Added

    This Nova Scotia-created guide is intended to help you develop your food processing business.  Whether you’re new to the food industry and starting a new business, or are considering expanding your existing operation, you’ll find the tools you need here.

  • Easy Raw at Home

    ACORN Conference, Food Skills

    Chef Lauren Marshall hosted a raw-foods information session jam-packed into an hour of juicing, spiralizing and soaking and sprouting demos at the ACORN conference 2014

  • 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  
  • ACORN's Quarterly Organic Newsletter Issue 58 - Fall 2015

    ACORN Conference, Business & Marketing, Food Skills

    • Conference Speakers Q & A 
    • How to Save $$ at the ACORN Conference
    • New Business Feature: Shell-ex 
    • Dung Beetle & Agricultural Ecology
    • Project & Provincial Updates
    • Seasonal Food Fix
    • Conference Sponsors, Donors & Supporters 
  • Preparing Whole Foods

    ACORN Conference, Food Skills, Value-Added

    In this workshop from the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton, Diane Savoie used local, organic, whole foods to create delicious appetizers for the audience to enjoy. She illustrated the importance of cooking with little to no waste, by using food scraps for making stocks. Diane never uses recipes, but the following notes should give you an idea of the ingredients used, and how they are prepared.

  • Sourdough Bread-Making 101

    ACORN Conference, Food Skills, Grain & Field Crops

    In this workshop from the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton, Tegan Wong-Daugherty, co-founder of Buckwheat Flats Natural Foods (NB) provided a hands-on workshop on how to make sourdough bread. Sourdough bread is special in that it uses the local bacteria and yeasts present in your home as a levener, which makes for distinct flavors and characteristics in each loaf. She outlines the steps and ingredients necessary for successful sourdough from start to finish.

  • Convert Your Lawn into a Forest Garden

    Complementary Agriculture, Food Skills, Fruit & Berry, Urban Farming & Gardening

    ­Food forest gardening does not mean gardening in a forest, but like a forest. It is an imitation of a woodland ecosystem, focusing medicinal and edible plants that thrive together. Unlike dedicated gardens, they are low maintenance while still offering an abundance of food and medicine. At the 2016 Homesteading Symposium in Dieppe, Estelle Drisdelle shares her insight and years of experience on maintaining food forests and guilds.

  • Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Maritimes

    Complementary Agriculture, Food Skills, Urban Farming & Gardening

    At the 2016 Homesteading Symposium in Dieppe, Estelle Drisdelle shares her knowledge of harvesting and preserving local plants. Her presentation explores the variety of healing properties these maritime plants posses and how to reap the benefits.

  • Preserving the Harvest: Intro to Lacto-Fermentation

    Food Skills, Season Extension, Urban Farming & Gardening, Value-Added

    Having both grown up in the city, Bryan Dyck and Shannon Jones of BroadFork Farm came to realize that their vision of farming included a desire to homestead. Their favorite way to preserve their harvests is through lacto-fermentation. At the 2016 Homesteading Symposium in Dieppe, they presented 3 styles of lacto-fermented vegetables: kimchi, sauerkraut and pickle.

  • Root Cellaring 101

    Food Skills, Infrastructure & Equipment, Season Extension

    At the 2016 Homesteading Symposium in Moncton, NB, Robin and Rebecca LeBlanc share their many methods of preserving their harvest. Together they explain how they store summer’s bounty and give insight to where certain crops should be stored.

  • Living Off the Land: Producing All the Food We Consume

    Food Skills, Getting Started With Organic Farming, Infrastructure & Equipment, Season Extension, Urban Farming & Gardening

    Robin and Rebecca LeBlanc met in Moncton and later moved to Bathurst, where they have been homesteading since now joined with their 3 children. At the 2016 Homesteading Symposium in Moncton, they offered insight of their experiences living off the land including the making of their cob oven, maintaining the green house and poultry, and mushroom logs. The LeBlanc’s strive to balance both their careers as teachers and musicians, and as a result prefer to do large batches of their preserves and dairy in order to have quick access to their bounty year long. Every July they leave their homestead in the hands of a neighbor and are full time musicians for the month.

  • Organic Price Tracker

    Business & Marketing, Food Skills

    You can search for organic prices in the Maritimes using Canadian Organic Growers' online price tracking tool atwww.OrganicPriceTracker.ca. Thanks to ACORN member producers and volunteers for contributing prices! If you have prices to contribute, please contact tegan@acornorganic.org.

  • 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.

  • Study of Environmental Benefits Behind Organic Farming

    Food Skills

    The Organic Agriculture Center of Canada (OACC) reviews a scientific paper that examines the positive impact that organic farming could have on the environment in Canada and how it makes organic farming superior to its convential counterpart.

  • Myths and Truths about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)

    Food Skills


    An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops and foods.

  • How organic production method enhances the composition of milk

    Food Skills

    A research paper from Washington State University examines how organic production enhances the fatty-acid composition, and subsequently overall quality of milk.

  • Reduction of herbicidal chemicals in the body after switch to organic diets

    Food Skills

    From RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. An experiment was conducted were a group of people were put on a mostly organic diet, and within a relatively short time period, the levels of herbicides (namely, organophosphate metabollites) decrease significantly.

  • The Non-GMO Project

    Food Skills

    A North American initiative aiming at decreasing the widespread of GMO in agriculture.

  • A study of the sustainability of organic farming

    Food Skills

    A study conducted in 2011 examined and analyzed levels of energy across a large number of farms to determine and deduce long-term sustainability of carbon levels in organic farms.

  • 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!