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ACORN HAPS: Field Days, Farm Tours and Conference Notes.

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We are so pleased with all the recent happenings here at the ACORN office! Between events in the field and on our members’ farms we felt we should share some details here on the ACORN blog.Blueberries

Field Days –

Stephanie Compton, our Fruit and Berry Network Coordinator has organized a Fruit and Berry Network Field Day at PEI Berries Ltd. If you are interested in learning more about compost tea, bio controls, and more, then be sure to attend on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. For more details, click here!

There will be more field days to come on Prince Edward Island and in other parts of the Maritimes, so stay tuned to the ACORN Field and Berry Network for more details! To register for the field day at PEI Berries Ltd. please call at the ACORN Office at 1-866-32-ACORN (2 2676).

Farm Tours –

ACORN’s Grow A Farmer Apprenticeship Program is in full-swing with one farm tour last week in Nova Scotia, and another one this week in New Brunswick. A group of Grow A Farmer Apprentices, along with some ACORN Staff, and a few other farming enthusiasts, visited a couple of farms on each tour – namely Highland Farm/Mother Oak Permaculture & TapRoot Farms in NS, and in NB, Jemseg River Farm & Good Spring Farm. The purpose of these tours is to highlight organic operations of different sizes and scopes to inspire and educate our next generation of Maritime organic growers. Indeed these events have proven to be quite successful thus far!

Jemseg River Farm

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Each tour has been well attended and graced by lovely sunny weather – perfect to have ample time on-site for asking questions to host farmers and for sharing a potluck lunch in the open air! Check out these great photos from the farm tours held this week in NB! For more information about the recent NS Tour, read this great blog post, written by Shannon Jones of Broadfork Farm. Stay tuned to the ACORN Event listings for details about the next round of farm tours in September (and for a PEI Farm Tour in July!). Congrats to Lucia Stephen for organizing the tours and of course, a big thank-you to the farm hosts to taking time out of their busy schedule.

Conference notes –
Finally, only a few months before our next conference, we are pleased to inform you that, thanks to Mara Dieras, (one of ACORN’s summer students), the 2012 conference notes are now available! The notes are up on our 2012 ACORN Conference site, just follow this link. Also: reminder to please SAVE THE DATE November 20-22th for the 2013 ACORN Organic Conference & Trade show in Moncton, N.B. at the Hotel Beauséjour. Stay tuned for further (and exciting) details!
Happy Summer Solstice Everyone!
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Author: acornorganic

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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