Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network


organic farmers photobooth
  Our life on the farm is so strongly associated with seasons. Spring, summer, fall, and winter play a strong role. But there’s also a seasonality to the business aspects of running our farm. We stop going to market at the end of October or early November. We have a few weeks to get the farm ready for the snow on its way (this year that was a VERY short window!). And then we begin our ritual of farm conference-ing. One of the “guiding principles” we’ve identified for our life (and so by extension, our farm….since our farm is principles […]

It’s Farm Conference Season. What did we Learn?


National New Farmer Coalition
  A few years ago (in 2014), I had the great privilege to head to British Colombia in March (winter here in Nova Scotia/spring there) and hang out with this group of amazing young farmers from all over Canada for 3 days. We talked about our farms, our successes, our challenges, who we were and what we needed to succeed. We were all totally inspired by the U.S.-based National Young Farmers Coalition and the amazing work they had been doing down in the States to help young farmers and advocate for changes to agricultural policy towards ones that would help […]

Who are Atlantic Canada’s New Farmers?


Wild Caraway Restaurant
Every province and region in Canada is unique. I’ve been so lucky to develop friendships with fellow farmers from across the country. And there are some pretty cool things happening everywhere! But one province that has always stuck out for me in terms of agriculture, specifically organic agriculture, has been Quebec. Quebec enjoys beautiful farmland, inspiring farmers, some interesting governmental support programs for farmers, and Equiterre. Equiterre is an environmental organization and one of the things they want to see is more local, organic food. In particular, community members to have a personal connection to the farm and farmers who […]

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