MONCTON, N.B. – A day-long workshop series focused on providing consumers with the skills and knowledge they need to make healthy food choices and to source, prepare and even grow their own organic food will be hosted on Friday, Nov. 22, as part of the 14th Annual Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) Conference & Trade Show.
"ACORN's annual conference has long-been geared primarily to farmers, so we are excited to have this offering of workshops for those who simply want to enjoy local organic food," states Tegan Renner, ACORN conference coordinator.
In partnership with the New Brunswick Department of Healthy and Inclusive Communities, ACORN is offering a special bursary program to ensure the event – the Community Food Skills Workshop Series – is accessible and affordable. The deadline to apply for these bursaries is October is". Application form and eligibility canbe found on ACORN's conference website at acornconference.org.
"Our culture of convenience means that many people no longer know how to grow or prepare fresh, whole foods or take the time to understand the value of organic – and our health has suffered because of it, " Renner continues.
By offering a series of how to workshops – how to make sourdough bread, how to find organic products, how to grow your own organic veggies, and how to prepare whole foods – ACORN's Community Food Skills Workshop Series will strive to help reverse this trend. The day will close with a plenary for all ACORN Conference participant s on the links between organic eating and health.
The 14th annual ACORN Conference & Trade Show runs from Nov. 20-22 at the Delta Beausejour in Moncton and will feature more than 60 workshops on a range of organic farming topics, in addition to the Community Food Skills Workshop Series.