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Alia and Lucas’ Post

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Happy summer! I have the privilege of working with ACORN as the Outreach and Events Coordinator this season. Raised in Richmond Hill, ONT, I have recently graduated with a honours degree in English literature at Mount Allison University and am hoping to pursue a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies. Recently, in Sackville, I have been active on campus with organizations such as CHMA 106.9 FM; as well as community groups such as the Sackville Community Garden, the Performer’s Company, and Sappyfest.

This summer, I’ll assist in planning events, such as upcoming ACORN Beginner Farmer Symposium on August 20th. This event will take place at the lovely Mount Allison campus and will feature a mixer at Cranewood, a Georgian-style stone house ideal for drinks and entertainment. In addition, I’ll help preparations for the 11th Annual ACORN conference and trade show in Charlottetown, PEI on November 22-24th. We’ve heard great feedback from the last conference in Halifax and hope that this one will be even better–just in time for fresh organic greens and veggies after harvest! I’ll also help with the promotion of events for the 3rd Annual Organic Week that runs from September 22-29th. As well, I’ll distribute and solicit responses for the ACORN Production Survey, for Nova Scotia and PEI. This survey is key in identifying areas of production available–an invaluable resource for new farmers.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at alia@acornorganic.org for any questions regarding registration for our events and help promoting your own event for Organic Week. Cheers!

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It is with a happy heart that I write this blog post, as it is my first official blurb at ACORN! My  name is Lucas Jarche and I’ll be the new NB Strategic Plan Coordinator for the rest of the summer! These last weeks have had me running around non-stop as not only have I had the good fortune to begin my stay at ACORN but I’ve also had my hands filled with the regular events that accompany high school graduation. Now that my public schooling is done, I couldn’t have asked for a better place for my first foray into the real world!

As the newest addition to ACORN’s team I’m very excited to begin working on a handful of diverse and engaging project over the course of the summer. I’ve already had the opportunity to talk to and interview several local farmers for our Local Organic Farm Profiles, and hope to be able to continue on with that project in the weeks to come! I’ll also be busy helping out with Organic Week coordination in New Brunswick and the Beginner Farmer Symposium this August! Along the way I’ll have the chance to help out on more internal-issues like my current project of revamping our member database. I’m thrilled to be part of the many facets of ACORN and hope to see you all around at some time or another.

You can contact me at lucas@acornorganic.org for more information on any of my ACORN-related projects!

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Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network. Vision ACORN aims to enhance the viability and growth of the Atlantic Canadian organic agricultural community through a unified regional network. Mission Statement ACORN is a non-profit organization that promotes organic agriculture by: Facilitating information exchange between and amongst organizations and individuals Coordinating non-formal education for producers through to consumers Networking with all interested parties both regionally and nationally Structure ACORN is a membership-based non-profit incorporated cooperative with an eleven member Board of Directors and an Executive Director.

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