Keynote & Banquet

Thursday November 21st 2013

WHEN THE GOOD SEEDS HIT THE FARM:  RESISTANCE, RESILIENCE, AND ORGANICS AT HOME AND ABROAD

ACORN is pleased to announce our Keynote Speaker:  Susan Walsh!

Susie-WalshSUSAN WALSH is the Executive Director of USC Canada, an international organization committed to the building of vibrant family farms, strong rural communities, and healthy ecosystems in Asia, Africa, Latin America and now Canada. Its award-winning Seeds of Survival program begins with attention to the first link of the food chain and features farming practices that respect farmers’ right to grow their own food in sustainable ways. Susan holds degrees from Simon Fraser University and a doctoral degree in Development Anthropology from the University of Manitoba. During a year of applied research in the Bolivian highlands, she studied the resilience strategies of indigenous potato farmers.  Her forthcoming book about that experience —  Trojan Horse Aid: Resistance and Resilience in the Bolivian Andes and Beyond (Spring 2014) makes the case for a farming systems’ approach to food production that starts with local knowledge and farmers’ long-standing agro-ecological practices. Susan is an experienced trainer in cooperative conflict resolution and a university lecturer, having taught courses at the University of Winnipeg and Carleton University.  She is also active in international policy fora, sitting, for example, on the International Steering Committee of the More and Better Network that seeks to transform our broken food system.

FOUR-COURSE BANQUET MENU (100% Organic!):

Mixed Field Greens & Bread
Wild Mushroom Fresh Herb and Spinach Soup
Organic Beef + Harvest Vegetable Stew with Pasta
Vegetarian Option: Chickpea Quinoa Cake w/ tomato coulis and Harvest Vegetables
Dessert: Apple Blueberry Crisp with Whipped Cream

GERRIT LOO MEMORIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:  Each year during the banquet, ACORN is pleased to honour a farmer/advocate who has significantly contributed to organics in the region.  Nominations are still open, have someone in mind:  NOMINATE TODAY (deadline = Oct 25)

GROW A FARMER GRADUATION:  ACORN’s hard-working crew of first-time organic apprentices have completed their on-farm, curriculum-guided 7-month apprenticeships!  They will be graduating from our program during the ACORN organic banquet!

FILM SCREENING:  ISLAND GREEN will be screened after the banquet for all attendees!  This film features familiar PEI organic farmers, as the filmmaker explores the potential of the Island becoming a completely organic province!

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