Our Farms, Our Food, Our Future is the title of a new provincial agricultural strategy released today by the NL Department of Natural Resources. To view this document, go to: www.gov.nl.ca/nr/publications/agrifoods/ 

Thanks to everyone who participated in Organic Outlook 2012!

 It was a great chance to meet other growers, oreganizations, and consumers who are interested in the future of organic agriculture in this province. Roxanne Beavers had so much great information & she has kindly shared her presentations with us online.
You can now view or download the presentations as PDFs – Check out these and more info under “Resources“!

For information on Outlook Organic 2012 (Thursday, March 29th), a workshop featuring guest speaker Roxanne Beavers, on organic agricultural policy & practice, check out our facebook page.

Newfoundland organic farmers, Judy and the late Jon Lien, were presented at the November 2011 ACORN Conference with the Gerritt Loo Award honouring outstanding contribution to the organic farming community. A delegation of ten organic producers and community gardeners from Newfoundland & Labrador – part of the 500 participants taking part in this annual event – honoured these pioneers during the gala event held on November 12, 2011.

In her nomination of the Liens, organic farmer Melba Rabinowitz wrote “although Jon was the driving force behind the gentle fields and the structural development of the farm… it was Judy’s persistence that turned the small family farm operation into a successful, ethical, community-oriented business that lots of people came to rely on and trust.”

Join us in honouring Judy – an exceptional organic farmer and mentor, teacher, mother, friend.

Nov.11-13th: ACORN’s Annual Organic Conference & Trade Show!  This year, ACORN-NL applied for and got funding from Growing Forward to help send NL organic farmers to participate in this signature event. Hope you’ve registered – it’s always a terrific event. At last count, we have nine reps from NL participating! 

Dec.9th: TheNewfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture (NLFA) will be hosting its annual Christmas Social on December 9 at7:30pm at the Governor’sInn inSt. John’s (great spot – see you there!). 

New on the bookshelf: Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada… a new release from Nimbus Publishing written by Halifax journalist and author Chris Benjamin, is a “collection of stories profiling some of Atlantic Canada’s most innovative and forward-thinking leaders in sustainability…Benjamin’s profiles get to the heart of his subjects’ relationship with the concept of sustainability, and the personal philosophies that in turn sustain their efforts.”

Eco-Innovators features two ACORN-NL members including: Alison Dyer (St. John’s/Hants Hbr-TB) environmental journalist and sustainable food advocate; and artist-organic farmer Colette Urban of McIvers, Nfld. Copies will be available at upcoming ACORN Conference.

Dec.1st: deadline for nominations to the Newfoundland & Labrador Federation of Agriculture’s i) Atlantic Hall of Fame 2011 and ii) Environmental Award for 2011. Awards to be presented at the NLFA’s AGM in Gander (Jan 25-26, 2012). For information, contact Christa Wright at christa@nlfa.ca.

see you (hopefully) this weekend at this conference! Alison

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