3. Upcoming Events
November 4 ACORN/Grow A Farmer Webinar: Post Harvest Storage and Management with Allison Grant, Southfield Organics. Time: 8pm-9pm (AST). Webinar/conference call. $10 or free for ACORN members. Register by calling 1-866-322-2676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 5 & 6 Planning For The Future of Agriculture with Elaine Froese. November 5th - Student Session and November 6th - Industry Sessions. Gain expertise in succession planning, communication skills, and problem solving techniques to support our industry. Register today! See full detailshere.
November 6 Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Invites You to a Celebration of Community-University Research (a participatory research report on community food security in Nova Scotia). This report is the result of the dedication and passion of hundreds of individuals to community-based, participatory research to build community food security in Nova Scotia and beyond. Join us for a celebration and report launch on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10:30 am. Details are here and we encourage RSVPs to email@example.com by November 4th.
November 7 & 8 Extended Learning will be offering the Nova Scotia Tractor Safety Course for Class 8 drivers in partnership with VanOoostrum Farm Equipment, in Port Williams NS on November 7 and 8, 2014. This course is designed to increase awareness and test competency of 14-16 years old tractor operators with regards to safe operation and use of farm tractors and implements. Participants must have a valid Nova Scotia Class 8 driver's license and have driving experience. When the course has been successfully completed participants will receive a wallet card that enables them to operator a tractor with an attached implement on Nova Scotia Roads. Please note that the wallet card is valid for a farm tractor and trailer, if the combined weight of the vehicle combination weighs 14 000 kg or less. For full details, see here.
November 7-9 ECOSGN "Seed Connections” Conference 2014 will be head at MacDonald Campus of McGill University, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. Building on the incredible success of their 2012 conference, The Eastern Canadian Organic Seed Growers’ Network (ECOSGN) is partnering with The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security and Seeds of Diversity Canada this year to host their second major ecological seed conference for Eastern Canada. This is a fully bilingual event bringing together farmers, seed-savers, seed companies, community gardeners, researchers, and experts on organic seed production to share knowledge, skills, and experience over a packed, 3-day agenda! Whether you are a beginner gardener or an expert seed producer, if you are interested in ecological seed in eastern Canada – this is the conference to attend! See here for more details!
November 9Transition Cocagne and Slow Food Cocagne Acadie are happy to invite you to the following workshop - Canning safely with a pressure cooker (bilingual) with Bernadette Goguen, Verger Marcel Goguen. This workshop will look at how to use a pressure canner safely for canning different food. We’ll talk about the equipment used and considerations for different foods to ensure that the food is safe. We’ll
demonstrate the techniques by canning some food that participants will be able to bring home. Time & Location: 1-4pm, Centre culturelle Kent Sud, 5 boul Irving,
Bouctouche, NB. RSVP- the number of participants is limited so first come , first serve. Please register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $15 per person and $12 for Slow Food Cocagne Acadie and Transition Cocagne members. This includes recipes that participants will bring home.
November 9 Transition Cocagne et Slow Food Cocagne Acadie organisent l’atelier suivant la mise en bouteille sécuritaire avec une marmitte à pression (pressure cooker ou presto) (atelier bilingue) avec Bernadette Goguen de la ferme Marcel Goguen. Cet atelier va apprendre au participants comment utiliser une marmite à pression en toute sécurité pour la mise en conserve des aliments. Nous parlerons de l'équipement utilisé pour la mise en conserve et les considérations pour différents aliments afin de s'assurer que la nourriture est sécuritaire à consommer. Il y aura une démonstration de mise en conserve et les participants pourront ramener des bouteilles de produits à la maison. Date et lieu : dimanche 9 novembre , 2014, 13h-16h au Centre culturelle Kent Sud, 5 boul Irving, Bouctouche, NB. RSVP- le nombre de participants est limité alors premier venu, premier servi. Il faut s’inscrire par courriel email@example.com. Le coût est de 15$ par participant et 12$ pour les membres de Slow Food Cocagne Acadie et Transition Cocagne. Le paiement sera pris à la porte.
November 12-16 Devour Food Film Festival in Wolfville, NS. For full details, see here.
November 12-14 The 2014 ACORN Conference and Trade Show will be hosted at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel and is sure to be event not-to-be missed! See here for full details!
November 12 Farmers' Markets of Nova Scotia & ACORN have teamed up to provide a Special Workshop Series on Marketing at the 2014 ACORN Conference & Trade Show! See here for more details!
November 12 ACORN's Grow A Farmer Program hosts "Farm Interns and Volunteers: The Implications of Unpaid Farm Internships/Apprenticeships" Discussion with Dr. Charles Levkoe and Alison Scott Butler at the 2014 ACORN Conference. Time: 2:30-3:30pm, Atlantic Room, Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. Please R.S.V.P. to Lucia Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 12 ACORN is pleased to host its 15th Conference Kick Off event at the Halifax Brewery Courtyard, home to the Historic Halifax Brewery Market! Celebrate the abundance that Nova Scotia has to offer in quality organic food and drink! This social event will bring together local farmers, gardeners, foodies, and all sorts of organic advocates together for a evening affair, featuring light appetizers provided by Local Source Market and a selection of beverages, featuring Picaroons, Propeller Brewery, Big Spruce Brewery, L'Acadie Vineyards and Just Us! Coffee! Location: 1496 Lower Water St., Halifax, NS. Time: 7pm-10:30pm. Cost: $15 (or free to those with full ACORN Conference passes). Join the Facebook event here. For all inquiries, please email@example.com.
November 12 Public Talk with Vandana Shiva - "The Politics of Food" - Ondaatje Hall, Dalhousie University, 6135, University Ave. Suggested donation - $20 (waged); $10 (unwaged). All funds will support Navdanya's Garden of Hope.
November 13 Grow A Farmer Meet & Greet - 4:30-5:30pm at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel @ the 2014 ACORN Conference. This session provides a meeting opportunity for experienced organic farmers, farm-workers, apprentices and aspiring growers to connect, access helpful resources and discuss what agricultural apprenticeships, mentorships and land opportunities are available within the region. If you are new to organic farming, or have farmed for years and have valuable knowledge to pass along, don't miss this gathering, showcasing a dynamic group representing the future generation of Maritime organic agriculture! For further details contact Lucia Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 13-16 Food Secure Canada's 8th National Assembly, titled "Waves of Change: Sustainable Food for All! Hosted by Food Action Research Centre (FoodARC); the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN), with support from the NS Food Security Network. Join us for 3 days of plenaries, workshops, meetings and more with food leaders, thinkers and doers from coast to coast to coast. See here for full details and register today!
November 14 10am-2pm Seedy Friday at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. The food you grow is as local as it gets, so why should your seeds come from away? Pick-up locally-grown heirloom, open-pollinated and traditional seeds from Maritime growers. Dozens of varieties will be available. To book a free table at the “Seedy Friday” (it’s a great promotion opportunity) please contact Steph at 506-536-2867 or email@example.com.
November 14 The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition & ACORN have teamed up to provide our Special Community Food Skills Workshop Series at the 2014 ACORN Conference & Trade Show for just $30! See here for more details and join the Facebook event here.
November 19Adapt PEI and the PEI Farm Centre host a Food and Agriculture Entrepreneurship Forum from 12pm-4pm. The intent of the event is to promote collaboration and share information on programs and
opportunities that encourage business development on Prince Edward Island. A line-up of guest speakers and Island agri-entrepreneurs will aim to provide information to help ensure success for
new and expanding business ventures. The event is free. However, since space is limited, participants are encouraged to pre-register by contacting ADAPT PEI (902-368-2005) or the Farm Centre (902-892-3419) or email:
November 19-21 The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) is pleased to be working with Farm Management Canada to host the 2014 Agricultural Excellence Conference, taking place November 19-21, 2014, in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the Fort Garry Hotel. Board members/CAHRC affiliates/members of the LMI and/or NAOF Advisory Group are eligible to attend this Conference at the reduced rate of $450. For those with LMI and/or NAOF meetings on November 18 in Winnipeg, the timing of the conference has been aligned to accommodate your greater travel convenience. To register or for more information click here.