Public invited to ACORN’S Politics of Food Forum on March 31
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1866-322-2676.
For more information, schedule of the day’s www.acornorganic.org. including a full activities, visit