MICHELLE CORTENS, M.Sc.
Tree Fruit Specialist
Michelle is a resource to producers in all aspects of conventional and organic horticulture systems for tree fruit crops including apple, pear, peach, plum, cherry, hop and tree nut.
She has a B.Sc. (2014) and M.Sc. (2016) from the University of Guelph with a focus on plant agriculture and fruit crops. For her M.Sc., Michelle researched chemical thinning of apple trees including the use of new thinners to anticipate regulatory changes, and options for late thinning. She has engaged in many committees and conferences.
Throughout her career, she has written a comprehensive course for the Ontario representative of Agriculture in the Classroom Canada, assisted with extension in weed management for the Government of Ontario, and helped conduct research trials. Michelle has won numerous awards, including the Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Government of Canada, in 2012, for her achievements in community involvement and leadership.
Michelle joined Perennia in September 2017, to support growth and development of the tree fruit industry in Nova Scotia. Her extension activities include responding to farm inquiries, hosting production workshops & tours, and publishing factsheets and the Orchard Outlook newsletter. Michelle serves on production, research, and education-related committees. She conducts applied research and will be trained to advise the provincial Apple Industry Growth & Efficiency program.