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  • Directory of Organic Inputs: Livestock Edition (out-dated)

    Livestock, Pests, Disease & Weeds

    ACORN is very pleased to make available the Directory of Organic Inputs: Livestock edition. Consult this directory to find out more about what inputs are allowable in organic livestock production (2012).

  • Crop Rotations Examples for the Maritimes

    Pests, Disease & Weeds

    Cash Crop, Weed Control
  • Controlling Pests, Disease and Weeds

    Pests, Disease & Weeds

    Innovative Weed Management Strategies for Organic Cereal Crops with Dr. Ellen Mallory; Love, Money and your Small Farm Dream: Strategies for getting started with Jamie Coughlin and Roxanne Beavers; Composting for Field Crops with Roger Henry; Solutions to perennial problems: Animal Control Solutions with Peter Maxner; Weed Control and Organic Field Rotations Roger Henry; Increasing Small Farm Capacity: Introduction to Small Scale Farm Machinery/Equipment with Rupert Jannasch; Grass-fed beef with Ron Gargasz; Bringing out the best in your soil: Organic Soil and Fertility Management with Ellen Mallory; Audit trail workshop with Roxanne Beavers and Rowena Hopkins
  • Site Preparation with Claude Berthélémé

    Pests, Disease & Weeds, Soil & Compost

    Site Preparation with Claude Berthélémé: Importance of planning ahead; Soil fertility and pH; Soil amendments; Weed control strategies; Improved drainage

  • Using Pollinators For Crop Protectants

    Bees & Pollination, Fruit & Berry, Pests, Disease & Weeds

    Many farmers worldwide rely on using pesticides and fungicides to protect their crops, which can be harmful and unsustainable. Professor Peter G Kevan, Dr Les Shipp and Professor Vernon G Thomas are exploring the potential of using pollinators as biovectors as a viable alternative.

    Key words:  bee vectoring; pollination; grey mould; blight on strawberries and raspberries; fungus that causes mummy berry can obliterate blueberry crops; and greenhouse tomatoes and sweet peppers can be affected by tarnished plant bug (TPB), western flower thrips, whiteflies and green peach aphids.

  • Wireworm Management in Grain Production

    ACORN Conference, Pests, Disease & Weeds

    Presented by Dr. Christine Noroha, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

    Access slideshow here

  • Understanding and Controlling Weeds

    ACORN Conference, Complementary Agriculture, Pests, Disease & Weeds

    In this presentation from the 2013 ACORN conference in Moncton, Dr. Andrew Hammermeister explains how weed management is best approached with many "small hammers". Weeding early allows your plants to fulfill their potential. There are numerous cultural and physical practices you can implement depending on the weed type. Remember to approach weeds from the perspective that they are filling an ecosystem function.

  • Managing Pests and Disease in Organic Vegetables

    ACORN Conference, Pests, Disease & Weeds

    In this presentation from the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton, Tim Livingstone talks about some of the common pest and disease problems they have encountered on their farm over the years, and how to deal with them organically.  

  • Mechanical Weeding Techniques

    ACORN Conference, Infrastructure & Equipment, Pests, Disease & Weeds

    This presentation from the 2013 ACORN conference in Moncton featured three speakers: Josh Oulton (Tap Root Farms, NS), Michael Carr (Jemseg River Farm, NB), Kent Coates (Nature's Route Farm, NB).  Each guest speaker presented for 15 minutes on the methods they use on their farms to mechanically cultivate, as well as other methods of weed control and prevention that they use.  There was a brief discussion at the end about where each farmer gave his input about when to start using mechanical cultivation, and what it has done for them in terms of efficiency.

  • Managing the Spotted Wing Drosophlia

    ACORN Conference, Fruit & Berry, Pests, Disease & Weeds

    This workshop from the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton discusses on-going research on the Spotted Wing Drosophila – a fairly recent invasive pest in the Atlantic Region. Early detection and identification, damage mitigation and prevention, and organic treatment options are the main points of discussion.

  • Building the Organic Orchard from the Ground Up

    ACORN Conference, Fruit & Berry, Pests, Disease & Weeds

    In this session from the 2013 ACORN Conference in Moncton, Julia Reekie provides an overview of her experimental Honey Crisp apple orchard planted at Kentville in 2006, detailing research projects exploring effective pest, disease, and weed management strategies for organic production.

  • Organic Control Options for Vegetable Diseases

    ACORN Conference, Pests, Disease & Weeds

    Michael Tesfaendrias presents at the 2016 ACORN Conference.

    View the accompanying slideshow presentation here.

  • Weed Adaption to Climate Change

    ACORN Conference, Climate Change, Pests, Disease & Weeds

    Eric Gallant presents at the 2016 ACORN Conference.

  • Directory of Organic Inputs (2016 - outdated)

    Certification, Pests, Disease & Weeds

  • OMRI Canada Organic Regime Product Review

    Certification, Getting Started With Organic Farming, Pests, Disease & Weeds, Soil & Compost

    OMRI is now offering product review aligned with Canada Organic Regime (COR) standards, in addition to the existing Review Program under U.S. National Organic Program (NOP) standards. Allowed products are listed in the OMRI Canada Products List©, which is always available for free download. The first step toward listing a product on either the OMRI Products List or the OMRI Canada Products List is to order an OMRI Application Kit. The Kit includes all necessary application materials in order to apply for any type of OMRI review.

    How It Works
    Suppliers of products that fall within OMRI's scope are eligible to apply for listing on the OMRI Canada Products List.

    Products that OMRI has reviewed and determined are allowed in organic production according to Canadian standards will be included on a public OMRI Canada Products List©. These products will have the option of using either the new OMRI Canada seal or the USA / Canada seal.

    OMRI has recruited a team of knowledgeable experts with experience evaluating inputs to COR standards, to make final product listing decisions. OMRI is pleased to welcome Rochelle Eisen, Garry Lean, and Kelly Monaghan as the first OMRI Canada Review Panel members. Read more and review their bios here.

  • Special Summer 2012 Issue of the Canadian Organic Grower

    Certification, Fruit & Berry, Getting Started With Organic Farming, Pests, Disease & Weeds

    These articles first appeared in the special Summer 2012 research edition of The Canadian Organic Grower, produced in collaboration between OACC and COG. This special issue is brought to you with the support of the Organic Science Cluster. The Organic Science Cluster projects described in this article are funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and industry partners.

    Canada's Organic Science Cluster (OSC) is part of the Canadian Agri-Science Cluster Initiative of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Growing Forward Policy Framework. Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The OSC is led by the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada and the lead industry applicant, the Organic Federation of Canada.

  • 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