You’re invited to sample the events at ACORN’s (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) conference and trade show!

Kick-off @ The Khyber takes place on Friday, November 11th.

Local Local Local!
Local food and drinks accompany local short films on food, farming and fun, as well as two lovely exhibits of agriculturally-inspired images by local photographers Stephan Hederich and Tanya Busse. Doors open at 7:30pm, films start at 8:15pm. Food provided by jane’s on the common, Local Source, Schoolhouse Gluten-Free Gourmet, Planet Organic and Seabright Market Garden. Cover is $7 and everyone is welcome.

Local Organic Banquet is Saturday, November 12th. Doors at 6:30pm and buffet starts at 7:00pm. The banquet features rosemary marinated organic (grass fed) beef, vegetable chickpea curry, maple roasted root veggies, potato-leek soup, fresh greens, and Inglis OrchardView apple pie with blueberry compote, whipped cream and JustUs chocolate! There’s a terrific silent auction with more than 100 items, ranging from spa treatments, restaurant gift certificates, books, garden supplies, organic food baskets and moreā€“it’s really impressive. We will also have a keynote address by DiMatteo, a pioneer in organic agriculture, on the global organic movement. To top off the evening, there will be live music from Heather Kelday, who is a fun and folksy singer/songwriter. Tickets are just $30.00/person and $17.00 for kids under 12 (children under 5 are free). It’s an amazing deal for 100% organic food, which is almost all from Nova Scotia!

Organic Trade Show: Saturday Nov. 12 9am-5pm and Sunday Nov. 13 9am-4pm: The ACORN Conference always has an interesting trade show with farm, garden and food-related exhibits. Free admission. Children welcome!

Seedy Sunday (Nov. 13 9 am-noon) is your chance to get local, organic and heritage seeds (if you love local food, why not start with local seeds?). It’s at the Harbourview Holiday Inn with free admission. This is a great place to find unusual varieties not available at most nurseries.

Organic Conference: There are a few free talks: Saturday at 4pm there is a choice between a “New Farmer Training Panel” and a talk by well-known Cuban speaker, Roberto Perez, who will discuss Cuba’s agriculture program. On Sunday at 4pm, there’s another free talk about the future trends of local food with the Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia Executive Director, Rowena Hopkins.

Check out the whole event on the website — www.acornconference.org. Or, call the ACORN office at 1-866-322-2676.