Conference Workshop Notes

For those of you that were unable to attend the conference, or missed out on some of the many workshops, no need to fret! Some of our wonderful volunteers were on-hand to take notes and document all of details.

See below for the full list, and stay tuned as we post all of the notes/slides. Enjoy!

Friday November 11th

Farm and Food Safety

  • Food Safety for Farmers Using Direct Sales to Consumers, Small Retailers & Restaurants with Steve Owen, National Research Council – Slides
  • Farm Safety Systems and Planning, with Kent Coates, Nature’s Route Farm – Slides

Eating in Season

Growing Berries

Farm Foundations

Saturday November 12th


Farming In The City

Season Extension

  • Post Harvest Handling and Storage, with Allison Grant, Southfield Organics – Slides – Handout
  • Non-Greenhouse Season Extension Strategies, with David Greenberg, Red Fox Farm – Slides
  • Value-Adding: The Year Round Farm, with Margie Loo, Elderflower Organic Farm
  • Root Cellar 101, with Amy Lounder, Avon River CSA; and Tarrah Young, Green Being Farm – Slides

Financial Profitability

Beyond Peak Oil-Lessons from Cuba’s Experience with Urban Agriculture, with Roberto Perez

THINKFARM presents New Farmer Training Panel, with Andrea Berry (Hope Seeds), Shannon Jones (Broadfork Farm),  Lucia Stephen (ACORN) and Tarrah Young (Green Being Farm)

Sunday November 13th

Self Sufficiency

Direct Marketing – *the notes are unavailable for these sessions

  • Direct Marketing for Market Gardeners, with Ann Slater, Fresh Organic Vegetables (Eshcol Farm) – Handouts
  • Guerilla Marketing: Non-Traditional Means of Getting Your Message Out with Nicole Burkhard, NSDA, and Shannon Jones, Broadfork Farm – Slides 1/Slides 2 
  • Alternative CSA Roundtable: A discussion with Jessie Ross, Nova Scotia Preserves/Gold Island Bakery; Amy Lounder, Avon River CSA; Sandie Troop, Bruce Family Farm

Advanced Production

Soil Health

Final Keynote

Fertile Ground: Growing the Local Food Sector, with Rowena Hopkins – Slides

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