Upcoming Webinar on U-Pick and On-Farm Produce Sales

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The recent announcement that u-picks will be allowed to operate this summer brings with it the task of figuring out how to make that happen while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines. On June 2nd from 4-5pm, join us for a webinar on “Strategies and Adaptations for U-Pick and On-Farm Produce Sales”. This will be an opportunity to discuss practical management strategies to reduce risks associated with COVID-19. Speakers include Perennia Horticulture and Food Safety specialists as well as Farm Safety Nova Scotia.

Representatives from Perennia’s Horticulture Team, Horticulture Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture will also be on hand as we address your questions and concerns. There will be a question and answer session live during the webinar, so come prepared!


Please visit the following link to register for this informative session.
We look forward to having you there and working together to have a successful season!

"Getting Into the Weeds Series" Now Available Online!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The final installment of the "Getting into the Weeds" Workshop Series is now available on Perennia's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lMjHtcBZcM&t=3s

In this webinar, Gavin Graham, New Brunswick Minor Use Coordinator, and Peter Burgess, Perennia Integrated Pest Management Specialist discuss recent changes in the last few years to pesticides. In addition, Angela Gourd, Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture Plant Protection Coordinator, takes participants through the results from strawberry, onion, and carrot weed surveys.

Be sure to check out the other videos in this series, including "Winter Greens Production" with David Blanchard of Pleasant Hill Farm, and "Food Safety Success" with Shelly MacDonald and Elaine Grant of Perennia's Food Safety Team.

BEYONG THE 3R’s – FINDING A PATH TO SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING

Friday, March 6, 2020

Perennia is hosting a session on sustainable packaging that might interest you:
"Beyond the 3R’s – finding a path to sustainable packaging" with Dr. Loong-Tak Lim from the University of Guelph and Nina Goodrich from the Sustainable Packaging Coalition on Thursday, March 12 at 7:45 AM (breakfast/in-person session or webinar option)
For more information or to register, please check out Perennia's Events page.

This is part of the “Take Your Product to Market” series, happening over the next several weeks which includes webinars on food safety, labeling, packaging for your brand, and preparing for customer meetings.

WORKSHOP: RECORD KEEPING FOR FINANCIAL AND FOOD SAFETY SUCCESS

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

It doesn’t matter if you’re a start-up, or a seasoned business owner who grows crops of any kind. This session is for anyone who wants a gold star in field and crop record keeping and facilitate meeting Canada GAP certification and streamlining that process through good bookkeeping.

Please join us for the next Getting Into the Weeds session on Thursday, March 5th from 9:00 - 4:00 at the Hilton Garden Inn near the Halifax Airport.  Registration is required, the cost of the workshop is $50 and includes lunch.  Click here to register.

Excellent crop records are needed for:

  1. 1. On farm food safety documentation
  2. 2. Buyer requirements
  3. 3. Traceability
  4. 4. Evaluation of results - production and financial

This hands-on workshop will give you tools for recording and retrieving the information you need to satisfy the above requirements.

Participants will be using their own information to create a data file and enter records; not sample data. The instructor will be available to all participants to answer questions and provide guidance. Handouts will be provided. Please note there will be some pre-workshop prep by participants.

Workshop: Record Keeping for Financial and Food Safety Success

It doesn’t matter if you’re a start-up, or a seasoned business owner who grows crops of any kind. This session is for anyone who wants a gold star in field and crop record keeping and facilitate meeting Canada GAP certification and streamlining that process through good bookkeeping.

Please join us for the next Getting Into the Weeds session on Thursday, March 5th from 9:00 - 4:00 at the Hilton Garden Inn near the Halifax Airport.  Registration is required, the cost of the workshop is $50 and includes lunch.  Click here to register.

Excellent crop records are needed for:

  1. 1. On farm food safety documentation
  2. 2. Buyer requirements
  3. 3. Traceability
  4. 4. Evaluation of results - production and financial

This hands-on workshop will give you tools for recording and retrieving the information you need to satisfy the above requirements.

Participants will be using their own information to create a data file and enter records; not sample data. The instructor will be available to all participants to answer questions and provide guidance. Handouts will be provided. Please note there will be some pre-workshop prep by participants.

UPCOMING CANADA GAP WORKSHOPS

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Canada GAP Workshops
The updated versions of the CanadaGAP Food Safety Manuals have been released and will take effect on April 1, 2020. Become familiar with these new updates at one of Perennia’s CanadaGAP workshops happening in March with Kim Best from Prospect Agri-Services. You can find the full details in the poster. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Registration is now open on our website.
 



Contact Us

Our Quality and Food Safety Team can help in a variety of ways. If you have training questions, contact Shelly MacDonald. If you need help with a regulatory issue, contact Rick Kane. If you have any other food safety concerns or questions contact Elaine Grant, and she will direct your query to the appropriate team member.

Upcoming Canada GAP workshops

Canada GAP Workshops
The updated versions of the CanadaGAP Food Safety Manuals have been released and will take effect on April 1, 2020. Become familiar with these new updates at one of Perennia’s CanadaGAP workshops happening in March with Kim Best from Prospect Agri-Services. You can find the full details in the poster. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Registration is now open on our website.
 



Contact Us

Our Quality and Food Safety Team can help in a variety of ways. If you have training questions, contact Shelly MacDonald. If you need help with a regulatory issue, contact Rick Kane. If you have any other food safety concerns or questions contact Elaine Grant, and she will direct your query to the appropriate team member.