Events

ACORN Winter Events

ACORN Winter Events

ACORN has so many exciting events coming up in the next few months, and we wanted to make sure you don’t miss out – they’ve put together a list of upcoming events and dates, and of course, you can always consult our events calendar for more details.

Please share widely with your networks, and feel free to get in touch with any questions!

Come join us this winter!

Come join us this winter!

January 15th, 10am to 4pm – Seedy Sunday at the Ross Farm Winter Frolic, NS.

January 16th, 10am to 3pm – Nova Scotia Organic Forum, Truro, NS. Free event. Please RSVP to acornoffice@acornorganic.org by

January 17th, 8pm AST – Webinar: “Too Many Rutabagas: Time and Productivity Management for Farmers” with Chris Blanchard. Registration required January 17th at noon. Free for ACORN members/$25 for non-members.

January 24th, 9am to 4 pm – Organic Pastured Poultry Symposium, Dieppe Market, NB. $60 for ACORN members/$80 for non-members. Registration required by January 17th.

January 31st, 4pm – Application Deadline for Executive Director position. 

February 7th, 8pm AST – Webinar: “Farm Finances: Setting up and Managing your Farm Financials” with Chris Blanchard. Registration required by February 7th at noon. Free for ACORN members/$25 for non-members/$25 for non-members.

February 8th and 9th – Online Season Extension Conference with Andrew Mefferd, author of The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook and consultant Phillipe-Antoine Taillon. Details coming soon!

February 14th, 1pm to 5pm – New Brunswick Organic Forum, Fredericton, NB. Free event, with option to purchase catered lunch.

February 19th and 20th – Holistic Farm Life Workshop: NB with Debbie Lawrence, Fredericton, NB. $100 for ACORN Members/$150 for non-members.

February 23rd and 24th – Holistic Farm Life Workshop: PEI with Debbie Lawrence, PEI. $100 for ACORN Members/$150 for non-members.

March 5CSA Fair, Dieppe Rotary Park, NB. Details coming soon!

MarchWinter Pruning Workshop for Organic Apple Production at Beamish Orchards, PEI – weather dependent.  Stay tuned for more details!

Ross Farm Winter Frolic

Ross Farm Winter Frolic 2017The Ross Farm Museum Winter Frolic is a family tradition in Nova Scotia – with sleigh rides, sledding, snow shoeing, and hot chocolate made over an open fire. This year, ACORN and Slow Food Nova Scotia are partnering with the Farm to bring one of the first Seedy Days of 2017 to the event! When your cheeks are rosy and you’re ready to warm up, drop into the Learning Center for a visit with Steph Hughes of ACORN (Atlantic Canada Organic Regional Network  (http://www.acornorganic.org/) and Chris Sanford, seed farmer with Yonder Hill Farm. They will be on hand to amuse and inform you with activities and workshops throughout the day relating to the wonders of seeds! Then learn about the Slow Food Ark of Taste and the role that Ross Farm Museum is playing in this global effort to save traditional and heritage foods.  All included in the day’s admission price.

https://rossfarm.novascotia.ca/event/winter-frolic  See you there!

Chris Sanford is a Lunenburg County farmer/gardener Nova Scotia based in Laconia.  She has been a seed saver for over 10 years and has worked with 150 varieties of vegetables, grains, and flowers at her farm.  She is also the Community Gardens Coordinator for the Town of Bridgewater, as well as the South Shore Seed Library Coordinator.

 December 10th: Celebrate Terra Madre Day 2016

Every year on December 10th, the Slow Food Network around the globe celebrates Terra Madre Day.

Food communities and Slow Food convivia all around the world celebrate local eating, agricultural biodiversity and sustainable food production. Celebrations take shape with hundreds of events ranging from collective meals, fundraisers, community festivals, protests, workshops for children, excursions to producers, and much more. It’s our way of demonstrating diversity and Slow Food’s philosophy of good, clean and fair food to communities, the media and decision makers.

This year’s Terra Madre Day brings special attention to the relevance of biodiversity to build a better future and Slow Food’s first international fundraising campaign Love the Earth, Defend the Future.

Join in the celebrations this year!

Get involved on December 10! Find an event close to you or create one, simple or elaborate, large or small, based on your interests, creativity and availability.

Come out to a Terra Madre Day event:

Dec 10th

Brooklyn Warehouse, Halifax. A good, clean, & fair Prix Fixe menu. Chef Steph produces the daily menu the night before. – more info http://brooklynwarehouse.ca/

Dec 9th – 11th

Battery Park’s Birthday Weekend Celebration of good, clean & fair food & drink featuring Nova Scotian small batch craft brewers. Contact eat@batterypark.ca or http://batterypark.ca/

Dec 9th – North Brewing tap takeover and launch of Benjamin Bridge Collaboration beer.

Dec 10th – Five Battery-branded beers. Batattery Pale (TataBrewing), Battery Rock (Boxing Rock), Blood Donair (Big Spruce), Dartmouth Dark (Anchored Coffee), and Saison de Pinot (Benjamin Bridge) on tap

Dec.11 – “12 Dishes of Christmas”: 6 Chefs, 12 Courses, 6 Craft Beers

Want to put on your own celebration?

  • Terra Madre Day can be celebrated in an endless number of ways, from small gatherings with friends to large events: a celebratory picnic; a film screening to raise the profile of good, clean and fair food; an excursion to visit producers; a campaign or petition on a particular issue, didactic activities, a local gathering of producers, chefs, youth and others… Be creative! Click here for more ideas on how to celebrate.
  • Support Slow Food’s first international fundraising campaign Love the Earth, Defend the Future and  help collect the much-needed funds for Slow Food to continue its activities independently as a non-profit organization and keep its role as the protector of biodiversity.
  • Use the hashtags #lovetheearth #defendthefuture when you are talking about Terra Madre Day online, to help spread the word!

Tell us what you are doing! Remember to share with us your activities on the official event page of Terra Madre Day!

Thursday Nov 3 is Slow Food Day at Devour Film Fest

Slow Food Events at Devour Food Film Fest

Please note: Paid-up SFNS members get a small discount when buying film tickets. Look for an email with the subject, “Devour! 2016 – Your Discount Code” in your inbox.

3 – 4:30 pm

Slow Food NS is hosting a panel following the screening of Angry Inuk – more info here

6 – 7:30 pm
Come well our Snail ranks to greet and mingle as the Founding Sponsor hosts the Happy Hour in the Wilson’s Home Heating pavilion – more info here

Other Slow Food Related Events

Friday, Nov. 4

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Innovation in Culinary Tourism Summit at the Wilsons Home Heating Pavilion, Troy Restaurant. Free admission. Presented by the Valley Regional Enterprise Network

3:00 – 4:30 pm
The Chocolate Case w/ El Cacao – Panel Discussion to Follow
Join the stimulating conversations that Devour! can provoke. Following the screening of this superb film, The Future of Food Law & Policy in Canada conference will discuss law as a tool in ethical sourcing, transparency, and enabling consumers to gather the information necessary to vote with their wallets. More info here

Saturday, Nov. 5

11:30 am – 1 pm
A Fish Called Sustainable:
Human impacts on the ocean and sustainable seafood initiatives in Canada. Free admission. Thanks to Oceanwise. More info here

For information on all other events and to get your tickets, visit the Devour! website.

We hope to see you there!

Harvest Dinner at Dr Arthur Hines Elementary School

Chris Velden from Flying Apron Inn and Cookery and our Slow Food NS Board just finished up the 2016 Harvest Dinner at Dr Arthur Hines Elementary School (see below). Below are photos from the event and details about this school garden project. A couple years ago we supported this project and made a short film about it called “The Edible Schoolyard” (more details below).

Students cooking up a storm with produce from their school garden

Excited students cooking up a storm with produce from their school garden

Gorgeous carrots from from school garden

Kids learning about where food comes from…

Chris Velden from Slow Food NS and Flying Apron Cookery cooking with students from Dr Hines Elementary School

Produce from School Garden

Some of the produce from school garden

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One of the abundant raised bed gardens at the school

Chris Velden from Slow Food NS and Flying Apron Cookery cooking with students from Dr Hines Elementary School

Chris Velden from Slow Food NS and Flying Apron Cookery cooking with students from Dr Hines Elementary School

About the Harvest Dinner and Edible Schoolyard Project:

Every year year students and teachers at Dr Arthur Hines Elementary school  select the vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs that will be grown. Students, with support of staff, volunteers and members of Harmony Park, plant the seeds. During the summer, the community helps maintain and weed the garden.

In the fall, we celebrate the harvest by using what we have grown as part of our healthy lunch program and in October we have our Harvest Festival. A local chef comes to the school and prepares a special lunch with the help of our grade 6 class. Students prepare work samples that reflect the importance of our garden and work is viewed by community members. In 2008, the garden and our school were captured in the video, The Edible School Yard. Slow Food Nova Scotia produced the video. –Excerpt from Dr. Hines Elementary School Website

View Edible Schoolyard Film Trailer

 

Slow Food AGM 2016

 

Photo from Tangled Garden- Novascotia.com

2016 AGM – June 5, Hortonville, NS
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Horton Community Centre (get directions)
11794 Highway 1, Hortonville, NS

This year, we are getting together in a true hotbed of GOOD, CLEAN, and FAIR.
Within 5 minutes of the community hall where we’ll meet are Tangled Garden, Just Us! Centre for Small Farms, Just Us! coffee roastery, and the brand new Horton Ridge Malt and Grain Company malt house.

Mark this date on your calendar now — you won’t want to miss it.

10:00 am  Doors open

  • coffee/tea, snacks & mingling
10:45 am  Information sessions

  • The local fishery
  • Small agriculture in Nova Scotia
  • Slow Food Youth
  • Brief introductions to available afternoon tours
11:30 am SFNS Annual General Meeting

  • Leader’s report
  • Financial report
  • Ark of Taste
  • What’s happening in the coming year?
  • Election of board members
1:15 pm Lunch ( $30/person and $20/youth under 30 yrs old)

2:30 pm Tours

Stay tuned for more details on food, tours, agenda, and directions.

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At the AGM, this year’s agenda and minutes from the 2015 meeting will be circulated.

If you are not a current member of SFNS, you are certainly welcome to attend this event, and we hope that you will consider joining either the Slow Food Mainland convivium or theSlow Food Northumberland Shore convivium (it depends on where you live), or Slow Food Youth (depends on your age).

The caterer does need to know how many people to expect for lunch, so we would really appreciate your RSVP to Sheila Stevenson (Sheilastevenson17@gmail.com).

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 Thanks, and see you in Hortonville June 5!

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What’s Organic About Organic?

What's Organic About Organic

ACORN presents “What’s Organic About Organic?” Community Info Sessions in Nova Scotia!

In celebration of national Organic Week, ACORN is hosting a community info session and dialogue series all about organics in Nova Scotia. Ever wondered:

  • WHAT does organic really mean?
  • HOW do I know it’s organic?
  • WHO grows organic food in NS?
  • WHERE can I find it?
  • WHY it all matters?!?

Tegan Renner of ACORN will address these questions and more in these one-hour evening sessions. There will be plenty of time for discussion, so come prepared with your thoughts and questions!

Suggested donation of $5 to ACORN accepted at the door. Snacks provided by Nature’s Path.

What’s Organic About Organic-Grand Pré

September 21st
6:00-7:00pm
Just Us! Coffeehouse Grand Pré
11865 Highway 1
Join the Facebook event here

What’s Organic About Organic-Halifax

September 22nd
7:00-8:00pm
Halifax Central Library
Lindsay Children’s Room (2nd Floor)
5440 Spring Garden Road
Join the Facebook event here

What’s Organic About Organic-Truro

September 24th
7:00-8:00pm
Truro Fire Hall
165 Victoria Street
Join the Facebook event here

Visit Sweetwood Farm and Producer, Heather Squires

When: Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 1:30-3:30/4pm.

Where: Hirtle Road, Blockhouse/Mahone Bay,

Heather Squires is welcoming us for a tour of the Lunenburg County farm where she is raising goats and heritage-breed pigs and chickens. She will talk about her approach and plans for this farm, and show us the new Tamworth-cross piglets.

The visit will include a short goat cheese making demo + a talk on cheese & cheese making + a semi-formal cheese tasting, with accompaniments, of Heather’s and other NS cheeses, in the kitchen.

Limited quantities of pastured, whey-fed Tamworth-cross pork, bacon, and sausage will be on offer, along with cheese making supplies and cheese making kits.

Cost: Slow Food Members $45. Non-members $55.

Min 6 people. Max 10-12.

Pre-register with Mike O’Keefe mikeokeefeslowfoodns[at]gmail.com

About Heather Squires, Sweetwood Farm, and Tamworth Pigs

Check out Heather’s posts on fb at https://www.facebook.com/sweetwoodfarmcanada (all photos in this post are from this page)

She blogs at http://sweetwoodfarm.ca/blog/

To learn about the Tamworth breed, check them out in the Ark of Taste -Tamworth  Pig 

 

July 19th: Cumberland County Field Trip

Slow Food NS Mainland South and Slow Food Northumberland Shore are offering a field trip to Cumberland County:

The Event

July 19th at 11:30 am: Advocate Harbour — visit Canaqua Seafoods Limited,

followed by lunch, family-style, at Wild Caraway Restaurant and Cafe

after lunch: visit Broadfork Farm in River Hebert East

Canaqua Seafoods

Canaqua supplies three species of finfish (Atlantic salmon, Atlantic halibut and Arctic char) raised in land-based, closed-containment, marine (full salinity from seawater wells) facilities, now under transitional organic management.

Wild Caraway

Chefs Andrew Aitken and Sarah Griebel are the owners of Wild Caraway in Advocate Harbour. They are both Slow Food members and have been part of the team of chefs producing the food at our Spring Supper for the last two years.

Broadfork Farm

Shannon Jones and Bryan Dyck, of Broadfork Farm, produce organic vegetables and cut flowers. Shannon and Bryan are active as young farmers in the National Farmers Union.

Cost

$30/Slow Food member
$40/non-member
Cash or Cheque only, at the event.
(Please try to give a few days notice if something comes up
and you can’t come.)

RSVP (by July 13) 

Scott Whitelaw:

Maximum: 35 people

Getting there (and back):

  • Halifax to Advocate Harbour (via Parrsboro): 3 h
  • Advocate Harbour to River Hebert / Broadfork: 50 min
  • Broadfork to Amherst: 20 min
  • Amherst to Halifax: 2 h 5 min

6th Annual Slow Food NS Spring Supper – May 2, 2015

Spring Supper 6 Poster-page-001After five extremely successful years, Slow Food Nova Scotia returns with its 6th Annual Spring Supper on Saturday, May 2nd. Billed as the down home, no fuss, culinary event of the season, this year’s dinner will feature nine of the region’s top chefs working together to bring you a multiple-course, locally-sourced Nova Scotian church supper unlike any other.

This year’s attendees are in for a treat and a bit of a format change-the firstcourse will feature an hour-long oyster reception highlighting select Nova Scotia oysters featured on the Slow Food Ark of Taste shucked by the producers themselves-Sober Island oysters, Malagash oysters from Bay Enterprises Ltd. and Big Island oysters from ShanDaph. Three of the evening’s chefs will prepare rounds of decadent hors d’oeuvres accompanied by sparkling wine and local craft beer. Guests will then move to take their seats in the main hall to enjoy a three-course, family-style meal paired with Nova Scotia wines. Local food producers, farmers, winemakers and foodies alike round out this incredible evening. This event is open to the public.

Tickets are $90 for Slow Food Members and $120 for non members. If you join Slow Food at the Supper we will discount your new first year membership by $30 for an individual membership and $60 for a couples membership (This night only!) 

 

Tickets available online at TicketPro: The coupon code  for Slow Food members is

Participating Chefs/Restaurants include: Mark Gray (The Brooklyn Warehouse- Kitchen Lead), Chris Velden (The Flying Apron Cookery), Rob Reynolds (EDNA), Andrew Aitken & Sarah Griebel (Wild Caraway Inn), Dave Smart Craig Flinn (Chives Canadian Bistro), Andrew Farrell (2 Doors Down) & Kristy Burgess (Lion & Bright) all rounded out by contributions from Charcuterie Ratinaud French Cuisine.

 

The Details:

  • When: Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
  • Where: Christ Church Community Center, 61 Dundas Street, Dartmouth
  • Tickets are $120 each for the general public ($90 for Slow Food members) and are available online at Ticketpro. Tickets are also available at all TicketPro outlets in Nova Scotia.
  • Ticket price includes the multi-course dinner paired with Nova Scotian wines & beers
  • Reception 6:30PM Upper Level, Dinner 7:30PM Seated Lower Level