Public in­vited to ACORN’S Pol­i­tics of Food Forum on March 31

Sackville Tribune - - COMMUNITY -

ACORN (At­lantic Cana­dian Or­ganic Re­gional Net­work) is gath­er­ing mem­bers to host its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing (AGM) and a Pol­i­tics of Food Forum at Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity on March 31.

Ev­ery­one in in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the Pol­i­tics of Food Forum. This event prom­ises to be a great fol­low-up to the ca­pac­ity-crowd that at­tended Van­dana Shiva’s talk, as it will fea­ture an af­ter­noon of cap­ti­vat­ing speak­ers dis­cussing the pol­i­tics of meat, farm­ing and genetically en­gi­neered food. Be­gin­ning at 1:30 p.m., ad­mis­sion in­cludes or­ganic re­fresh­ments. Jeff Moore, co-founder of Just Us! or­ganic and fair trade cof­fee roast­ery will be launch­ing the af­ter­noon dis­cus­sions with his fea­ture talk on the Pol­i­tics of Food. Other speak­ers in­clude Ian Mauro, Canada Re­search Chair in Hu­man Di­men­sions of En­vi­ron­men­tal Change; Terry Mierau, Cedar Lane Farm; Beth Mcma­hon, Cana­dian Or­ganic Grow­ers; and Cam­mie Har­bot­tle, Na­tional Farm­ers Union.

As part of the af­ter­noon’s fes­tiv­i­ties, ACORN will also be host­ing a Seedy Satur­day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Atrium of Tweedie Hall, an event open to all-ex­pe­ri­enced and novice gar­dener’s alike.

This will be a great op­por­tu­nity to come ex­change seeds and pur­chase her­itage and or­ganic seeds from lo­cal ven­dors and or­ga­ni­za­tions. Any­one in­ter­ested in ex­chang­ing seeds with oth­ers is asked to bring seeds they have saved from pre­vi­ous years -la­belled with their name, year and other rel­e­vant info-to the ACORN seed swap ta­ble.

Es­tab­lished in 2000, ACORN is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion sup­port­ing the vi­a­bil­ity and growth of or­gan­ics in At­lantic Canada. “With over 400 mem­bers di­rectly com­mit­ted to the or­ganic sec­tor,” says Theresa Richards, ACORN’S ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, “This event prom­ises to share the voice of those con- cerned about the way our food is grown and raised, sold and pro­cessed. Bound to be in­for­ma­tive and mo­ti­vat­ing, for any­one in­volved in eat­ing food, this event is not to be missed.”

For those in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about ACORN, the AGM will be a fan­tas­tic way to be­come fa­mil­iar with the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s ac­tiv­i­ties, and will fea­ture pre­sen­ta­tions from staff and board mem­bers on cur­rent projects, fi­nan­cials, and fu­ture plans.

Tak­ing place in the morn­ing, from 10 a.m.12:00 p.m., ACORN AGM mem­ber par­tic­i­pants will tour Mount Al­li­son’s cafe­te­ria, where food grown on the Mount Al­li­son farm is served to staff and stu­dents.

ACORN’S Agm/pol­i­tics of Food Forum will take place from 10 a.m.-4 pm at Tweedie Hall, Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity.

Those par­tic­i­pat­ing in the AGM, are asked to note that while the meet­ing is open to all in­ter­ested par­tic­i­pants, only cur­rent mem­bers will have the op­por­tu­nity to vote at the meet­ing or run for the ACORN’S board of di­rec­tors. Any­one who is in­ter­ested in be­com­ing an ACORN mem­ber, or who would like to in­quire on the sta­tus of their mem­ber­ship, is asked toe-mail ad­min@acornor­ganic.org or call 1866-322-2676.

For more in­for­ma­tion, sched­ule of the day’s www.acornor­ganic.org. in­clud­ing a full ac­tiv­i­ties, visit

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