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canada: registration is now open for acorn’s 3rd annual beginner farmer symposium

August 18th, 2014

Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick

Building on the great success of their previous Symposiums, drawing hundreds of farmers from throughout Eastern Canada, ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) is thrilled to once again showcase another busy day of workshops, panel discussions and prime networking opportunities for new, aspiring and experienced growers across the region.

A highlight this year:  Jean-Martin Fortier of La Jardins de la Grelinette/The Market Gardener will be joining us from St. Armand, Quebec to lead several important workshops and should not be missed!

To see the details in full, click HERE. To register, click HERE!

All proceeds from the 2014 Beginner Farmer Symposium directly support the future of ACORN’s Grow A Farmer Apprenticeship and Mentorship programs. 


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pay-what-you-can veggie stand

An interesting model in Vancouver.  They’ve raised 30% of their goal so far.  Check it out! And pitch in if you can.

Soul Food has a plan to double Vancouver’s local food production.
If you would like to see more beautiful, delicious and healthy food grown right in your neighbourhood, help us set up two new retail locations.
With retail outlets in place, we will create the capacity to significantly expand our farming operations in the next few years – growing into one of, if not the largest, urban farm in North America. That is to say, your one-time cash injection will help Sole Food significantly scale-up the urban farming movement.
But wait, there’s more: One of these locations is set in the Downtown Eastside, which will offer “pay-what-you-can” organic produce in order to bridge the gap between those who can afford our food and those who cannot.
In order to do this, we need to raise $100,000. Our start-up costs include renovation, marketing and merchandising materials, inventory, staffing, and cooling and storage infrastructure. If we make our goal we will immediately begin work to open the farm stands for the summer of 2014.

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ecological market gardening in B.C.

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The time has never been more ripe to nourish a literacy that can help break the cycles of an unsustainable culture. The world is starved for people with the ability to enrich the planet while improving soil and the human ecology. You’ve dreamed of making a life and right livelihood growing food and raising livestock, but are unsure of how to take the next step. This spring at Linnaea Farm we will be offering two 10-day short programs to inoculate you with the ideas and techniques to get your garden growing. Covering such topics as: Sense of Place, phenology, planning & marketing, seed sowing and saving, record keeping, animal husbandry, compost & making the most of soil, pests & weeds, practical permaculture and year round cropping. Continue reading

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market farming workshop


Tuesday, 24 September, 2013 at 7:00pm – Thursday, 26 September, 2013 at 10:00pm
Option to participate in harvest on Friday, 27 September, morning

Cost: $295 + applicable taxes (includes lunch and dinner on Wednesday & Thursday)

The resurgence of interest and demand for regionally produced food has created a huge opportunity for those who want to become growers and has expanded possibilities for those who are already farming.

Join veteran farmers Michael Ableman and Josh Volk for a two-day intensive agricultural workshop covering both urban and rural growing techniques, and learn the strategies of a successful market farmer. Continue reading

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acorn’s beginning farmer symposium


SAVE THE DATE! The Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) is excited to announce that registration is now open for our 2nd Beginner Farmer Symposium & Mixer, happening Monday, August 19th, 2013, at Mount Allison University, in Sackville, New Brunswick. 

Building on the great success of last year’s sold-out event, we are thrilled to showcase another busy day of workshops, panel discussions and prime networking opportunities for new, aspiring and experienced growers across the region.  Continue reading

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urban farm apprenticeship @ SOLEFOOD (canada)

solefoodAn internship at SoleFood Street Farms is for individuals with a serious interest in gaining the skills necessary to grow food for market or those who are interested in exploring farming as a career. The program provides each participant with the opportunity to spend a season working on an urban farming operation. Most of the education will be through hands-on experience and the skills learned will be focused on agriculture and social sustainability in an urban context.

We have a diverse, innovative urban farming operation located in Vancouver, Canada, which requires a wide range of skills: greenhouse seedling production, field planting, weeding and harvesting, produce deliveries, and building and repairing infrastructure. We work in a neighbourhood that is experiencing significant social /economic challenges. Be prepared for physically and emotionally demanding work.

SoleFood Street Farms transforms vacant urban land into street farms that grow artisan quality fruits and vegetables.  Our mission is to empower individuals with limited resources by providing jobs, agricultural training and inclusion in a supportive community of farmers and food lovers.

SoleFood Street Farms is in its fourth year of operation. In our first growing season (2009), over 100 volunteers joined together to build a half-acre farm on a vacant parking lot beside the Astoria Hotel. We have provided employment for 35 residents of the downtown eastside, produced over 15.5 tons of food, generated and donated over 11,000 pounds of fresh healthy produce to inner city food agencies.

We are modeling innovative ways of growing food in vacant urban spaces and in abandoned lots with contaminated soils. Our approach is re-envisioning and repurposing vacant lands to improve the food security of our local communities, while providing meaningful employment for people who face systemic barriers to accessing and maintaining traditional employment.

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apply now for ACORN ‘grow a farmer’ apprenticeship !

acronCommitted to a career in organic agriculture? Interested in what ‘farm-school’ would be like? The deadline for the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network’s (ACORN) Grow A Farmer Apprenticeship Program has been extended to Friday March 15th at 5pm. Spend a full season working with an amazing team of organic growers and access free workshops, farm tours, conferences and more! Application forms are available at–don’t miss out on this great opportunity! Can’t commit to a full-season? Check out ACORN’s four-month, summer-term Grow A Farmer Program and apply by April 15th!
You can call the ACORN office by calling our toll-free number at 1-866-322-2676.
ACORN’s Grow A Farmer Program gratefully acknowledges the support of the New Brunswick Agricultural Council, Agri-Futures Nova Scotia, the Prince Edward Island Adapt Council and the Territorial Farmers Association. 

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