Whew, what a wonderful, simultaneously exhausting and recharging time at the ACORN Conference & Trade Show last week! With three full days of workshops this year, there were all the more opportunities to take in a range of organic educational experiences, meet new farming folks, and catch up with old friends. The ACORN staff wanted to share some of the highlights from the conference and to thank all those who made them possible – our generous sponsors, all our speakers, volunteers, and of course, all the attendees!
Feel free to add your own highlights in the comments section – we always love feedback! Looking forward to 2013 at Moncton’s Delta Beausejour – November 20th-22nd!!
As always, our trade show was a popular spot to browse, chat, and learn all Friday and Saturday. A BIG thank you to all our exhibitors – your participation lends so much to the entire conference!
Thanks to Thinkfarm for sponsoring Jean-Martin Fortier, whose workshops were a big hit – one session (More with Less, which we didn’t actually catch with the camera) even required more chairs be added to the room!
Our “Growing Farmers, Growing Food” theme was perhaps best manifested at the Grow A Farmer Meet & Greet, where new, aspiring and experienced organic growers had an opportunity to get to know one another – thanks to all for coming out to move this new farmer training program forward!
We were most lucky to have not just one or two, but three experts on GMOs in Canada speak at our Kick-Off event Thursday night at The Mack. Thanks to Lucy Sharratt (CBAN), Beth McMahon (COG), and Ann Clark (University of Guelph) for your insights!
There was much activity around the Silent Auction table Friday – thanks go to those who so generously donated items and to those who bid as well!
Friday night’s banquet would not have been complete without the great keynote address by Mark and Sally Bernard of Barnyard Organics. Thanks to them and NFU NB and PEI for sponsoring their participation in the conference!
CONGRATULATIONS to Beth McMahon, Executive Director of Canadian Organic Growers (and former Executive Director of ACORN), the 2012 recipient of ACORN’s Gerrit Loo Memorial Achievement Award! Every year, the award is given to an outstanding organic advocate who has contributed significantly to the organic industry in Atlantic Canada. We are thrilled to add Beth to the incredible list of recipients. Over the years, she has so greatly contributed to the development of ACORN, lending her creativity, dedication and passion to many successful efforts advancing organics in Atlantic Canada.
Last but not least, thanks to our farmers for producing such amazing local organic ingredients to inspire our chef!