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Friday September 21st, 2018

Perennia

Today is day 2 of the HACCP II course taking place at our Innovation Centre in Bible Hill. Pictured below is the lovely group of folks from NS and NB who took the HACCP I course earlier this week. If you'd like to take HACCP I or II you're in luck because we will be running them both twice in 2019. April and October. Start making your plans. ... See MoreSee Less

Today is day 2 of the HACCP II course taking place at our Innovation Centre in Bible Hill.  Pictured below is the lovely group of folks from NS and NB who took the HACCP I course earlier this week.  If youd like to take HACCP I or II youre in luck because we will be running them both twice in 2019.  April and October.  Start making your plans.

Thursday September 20th, 2018

Perennia

Fall Pesticide Applicator Training

A two-day course is being offered to prepare you for writing the provincial certification examination.

Mon-Tues Oct 29-30, Berwick Fire Hall, 8:30-4:30

All exam topics are covered. The provincial exam may be provided on the second day of the course only if we have sufficient registration numbers. Otherwise the exam will have to be written at a NS Environment office on their posted date. Be advised that taking a course is NOT required before writing the exam, but most people find it helpful. The course will be modified to meet the requirements for all participants who are in attendance - agriculture, landscape, greenhouse, vendors, etc.

Certified applicators may attend the first day only for 6.0 Continuing Education PRCP points (T1600). Bring your certification card.

Lunch & breaks on your own. A manual is provided. Bring a pen and a cheap calculator. You may NOT use your cell phone for the exam.
All 1-day registrations (PRCP) are $95 (includes HST). Bring your certification card.
All 2-day courses are $175 (includes HST).
Course payment is at the door; cash or cheque (or e-transfer) payable to Marbicon Inc.
The provincial exam, if offered, is an extra fee ($66.35), payable by cheque only, to the Minister of Finance.

For further information or to pre-register, contact Jim Jotcham at marbicon@eastlink.ca or (902) 538-7101.

Additional courses & locations for spring 2019 will be announced in the new year.
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Wednesday September 19th, 2018

Perennia

Put the pedal to the metal and accelerate your NS agri-food or beverage business

Perennia launches new Agri-Food Accelerator program in partnership with federal and provincial governments under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership agreement.

We are introducing a comprehensive market access, food safety, and product development/improvement accelerator program. These programs consist of matching funding support, information and advice, and skills development, and will support Nova Scotia-based agriculture producers and agri-food and beverage processors. There are three components:
• Component #1 Enhancing the Retail Success Capabilities of Nova Scotia’s Food Industry
• Component # 2 Market Access Accelerator Programs - Opening New Markets Through Food Safety Education and Support
• Component # 3 Product Development Accelerator Programs - Improving and Developing New Products for Market Success

Information on all components of the program can be found at www.perennia.ca/acceleratorprogram/. Some aspects of components two and three have October 31, 2018 deadlines. This is a three year program with funding caps allocated to each year. Applications will be reviewed in a timely manner and funds allocated as applications are approved; funds for some parts of the program may be allocated quickly.
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Put the pedal to the metal and accelerate your NS agri-food or beverage business

Perennia launches new Agri-Food Accelerator program in partnership with federal and provincial governments under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership agreement.  

We are introducing a comprehensive market access, food safety, and product development/improvement accelerator program. These programs consist of matching funding support, information and advice, and skills development, and will support Nova Scotia-based agriculture producers and agri-food and beverage processors.  There are three components:
• Component #1 Enhancing the Retail Success Capabilities of Nova Scotia’s Food Industry 
• Component # 2 Market Access Accelerator Programs - Opening New Markets Through Food Safety Education and Support 
• Component # 3 Product Development Accelerator Programs - Improving and Developing New Products for Market Success

Information on all components of the program can be found at http://www.perennia.ca/acceleratorprogram/.  Some aspects of components two and three have October 31, 2018 deadlines.  This is a three year program with funding caps allocated to each year.  Applications will be reviewed in a timely manner and funds allocated as applications are approved; funds for some parts of the program may be allocated quickly.

Wednesday September 19th, 2018

Perennia

Rainy days are good days to be doing lab work. Some days it could be measuring the Brix (or sugar content) of the juice from ripening grapes (as in the pictures below) or it could be checking for aphids on strawberry leaves or in the contents of traps from strawberry fields. ... See MoreSee Less

Rainy days are good days to be doing lab work.  Some days it could be measuring the Brix (or sugar content) of  the juice from ripening grapes (as in the pictures below) or it could be checking for aphids on strawberry leaves or in the contents of traps from strawberry fields.Image attachmentImage attachment

Tuesday September 18th, 2018

Perennia

“I love your product but I can’t get to the farmers’ market, where else can I buy it?”

Sound familiar? Or perhaps you have a great idea for a product and are being encouraged to start making and selling it. If so, Great Idea to Viable Business is for you. To find out more about this exciting course watch the short video about it www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5WDSr8YuNA&feature=youtu.be Deadline to register is October 8, 2018 at www.perennia.ca/event/surviving-and-thriving-in-the-food-industry-6-sessions/This course is for businesses in Nova Scotia that are thinking about retail and want to ensure they have the right product, the right target market, understa...
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Monday September 17th, 2018

Perennia

"You're going to have to reduce your prices."

Have you ever heard this from your retail category manager? Or perhaps you are dreading hearing this. If so Surviving and Thriving in the Food Business is for you. To find out more about this exciting course watch this short video. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps2lXvaBLqY&feature=youtu.behis course is for businesses in Nova Scotia that are already at retail and what to up their game. This training will assess your current product, support a n...
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Wednesday September 12th, 2018

Perennia

Paul Illsley and Bill Livingstone from the Applied Geomatics Research group at NSCC Centre of Geographic Sciences joined Francisco Diez in the vineyard earlier this week. The trio was using drones in terroir study plots to calculate the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) for each. The NDVI will help determine if management inputs have been effective in creating optimal conditions in the terroir study plots. This technology is a standardized way to measure healthy vegetation and can be useful to help determine potential problem areas within a vineyard. ... See MoreSee Less

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