The ACORN office is bustling with activity: the winter is our busy season! Organizing meetings and webinars, planning for conferences and programs, and meeting with organic farmers – there’s always something happening. We are pleased to introduce you to two new staff who will be helping us expand the services we offer to organic farmers across Atlantic Canada.
First, we welcome Tara Scott, ACORN’s new Transition Coordinator. In a position funded by the National Research Council’s IRAP program, Tara will be working with Roxanne and Theresa assisting growers beginning the organic transition process.
Tara says “I grew up in New Brunswick, studied at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and worked in agriculture in Ontario and the USA, first as a producer and then later with an organic certification body – Ecocert Canada.
Most recently I have worked with FarmStart and The Organic Council of Ontario, both agricultural non-profits based out of Guelph, ON. The forest and the ocean called me home and I am excited at the opportunities to be a part of agriculture in Atlantic Canada.
My role for this position will include promoting the organic transition program as well as developing resources for the program including workshops, webinars and website related fact sheets. I’ll also be meeting with producers and responding to inquiries regarding organic certification and transition.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-866-32-ACORN (2-2676). I look forward to hearing from you.”
ACORN, in collaboration with USC Canada, is also pleased to welcome our new Atlantic Canada Seed Program Coordinator!
Stephanie Hughes comes to ACORN with ten years’ experience in project coordination and communications with Nova Scotia’s environmental and food movements. A former SOIL apprentice and a certified Permaculture designer, Stephanie is thrilled to be turning her attention to seed security and working with the fine folks at ACORN!