Welcome to ACORN’s first blog!
What’s ACORN? It’s the organization that promotes organics in Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador). Our members include farmers, consumers, gardeners, researchers, students–anyone interested in organics.
ACORN’s mandate is pretty broad, so we enjoy the flexibility to do lots of interesting projects that might increase organic growing and eating in the region.
Just this week, we put on an organic cranberry workshop in Richibucto, NB. We brought in a couple organic growers from Quebec and a specialist, who did some classroom presentations and then field tours. I’d personally never seen a cranberry bog before, and somehow expected it to be, well, a bog. The fields I saw were dry, with the ability to flood.
In conventional cranberry production, you can grow more than 20,000 pounds per acre! The Quebec organic cranberry producers had achieved these same results, but the growers in New Brunswick were still struggling to get the yields up. Hopefully, after this workshop, the growers will have gleaned a few ideas to try out.
Want to know more? Visit our website at www.acornorganic.org