Support ACORN’s Grow A Farmer Program and help secure a strong and successful future of local organic agriculture in Atlantic Canada! 

Please donate to our Grow A Farmer Fund. Support new and aspiring farmers to access farmer-to-farmer mentorship; and educational training and community-building events and activities.

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Give A Toonie, Grow A Farmer Campaign! 

As part of Organic Week 2016, several retailers and restaurants are participating in the Give A Toonie, Grow A Farmer campaign throughout the Atlantic provinces to support the future development and sustainability of the program.

From September 17-25, 2016, you can support the Grow A Farmer initiative by contributing $2 (or more!) at the following locations:


Just Us! Coffee  – Spring Garden Rd. Location – Halifax

Local Source Market

Organic Earth Market

Pete’s – Halifax location


Aura Natural Foods – Fredericton

Black Duck Cafe and Bistro – Sackville

Calactus  – Moncton

Corn Crib Natural Foods  – Moncton location only

Picaroons Brewery – Fredericton/Saint John locations

Real Food Connections – Fredericton/Saint John locations

All proceeds support ACORN’s efforts in training the next generation of organic producers.

Testimonials from Grow A Farmer Participants: 


Here is what Gemael Melanson, a participant in the 2013 Apprenticeship Program has to say about Grow A Farmer:

“I discovered the Grow a Farmer program and was drawn to its dual approach to on-farm education: hands-on and formal. Through my involvement, I ended up apprenticing with Alyson Chisholm and Will Pedersen at Windy Hill Farm, NB, growing organic vegetables to sell at the Dieppe market and through a CSA program. By partaking in all of the farm’s activities, and learning from their expertise, I learned more than I would have ever thought: from managing soil, weed and insect to marketing products, irrigating crops, dealing with livestock and much more.” 

Will Pedersen and Alyson Chisholm, of Windy Hill Farm/Host & Mentor Farm for the Grow A Farmer Programs shared:

We hosted our first Grow A Farmer apprentice at Windy Hill Farm (McKee’s Mills, NB) in 2013 and found the experience very rewarding and informative for us as teachers and mentors. The curriculum guide was developed by farmers and proved to be very informative and detailed in the topics covered and definitely helped us to deliver a more comprehensive learning experience for our apprentice. We feel that the program goes way beyond most farm apprenticeships in preparing the apprentice to run a farm business of their own. We love farming and the Grow A Farmer program helps us to pass on this love of farming to a new generation of farmers. The detailed on-farm instruction and experience together with the seminars and farm tours provided by ACORN really provide a good grounding in all aspects of running a small farm as well as a good introduction to different scales and types of agricultural production practices. The program has helped us to become better teachers as well as providing extra help from an apprentice with a real interest in farming as a career.”

For donations and sponsorship opportunities, please contact.

Thanks so much to all of those that have supported Grow A Farmer! 


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