Agriculture Programs

Perennia is pleased to introduce the Agri-Food Accelerator Program for agriculture producers and food and beverage food businesses in Nova Scotia. Learn more about this exciting program!

Agricultural Production Extension Program

Informally known as ‘farm extension’, this program has been provided by Perennia on behalf of the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture since 2001 at no cost to eligible producers, or cost recovery for some basic costs not covered by the program. Sectors covered include: horticulture, livestock, field crops and soils for both conventional and organic systems. Services covered by the program include: individual farm advice by phone, electronically and in person at the discretion of the specialist; publications and information online and in hard copy; virtual and in-person workshops and field days; and sector development projects. with collaborative partners.

To be eligible for the program, producers must: be a provincially-registered farm operation producing commercially as an income source, or with the desire and commitment to be selling at a commercial level; and show the commitment to learning the hands-on and decision-making skills to successfully manage the day-to-day agronomic needs of their operation with little formal assistance from our specialists (for example, learning how to read soil tests, identify a cow with metabolic disease, and when to harvest a crop).

Under this program, Perennia specialists undertake industry development projects to address industry-wide issues, often with collaborators. When working with partners where Perennia is not an original co-operator or a collaborative in the project scope, in-kind participation by specialists under this program, will be determined on an project-by-project basis.

For more information, please contact one of our offices at:
(902) 678-7722 or (902) 896-0227
or connect with an agricultural production specialist

Small Farm Outreach Program

Nova Scotia has one of the highest number of small farms and new farm entrants in Canada. To connect these organic and conventional producers with the resources they need, and to answer basic production questions, Perennia offers information and workshops to address issues they may be challenged with. This program is aimed at those producers who grow crops or raise livestock on a scale where they just reach the threshold of being a registered farm ($10,000 in gross sales) but are seeking information to grow their farm business slowly since they may not have anyone working the farm full-time, or just starting their farm operation.

For more information, please contact:
(902) 896-0277

Vineyard Development and Expansion Program – Site Assessments

As part of Nova Scotia’s Vineyard Development and Expansion Program, Perennia offers full and partial site assessments to current and future vineyard owners.  These assessments are conducted at no cost to successful applicants under the provincial program.

For more information, please contact:
(902) 896-0277

Biosecurity Program

For five years, Perennia offered a biosecurity education program on behalf of the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture. Signs for your farm are available to no charge. Visit the Biosecurity Nova Scotia website for more information and to order signs.

Strawberry Aphid Monitoring

Perennia provides aphid monitoring and virus testing in the strawberry sector province-wide in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Horticulture Nova Scotia. This has been undertaken since 2013 in the wake of 2012’s significant crop losses due to viruses carried by aphids.

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Haverstock, Small Fruit Specialist
(902) 678-7722

Atlantic Technology Transfer Team for Apiculture

The first-ever Atlantic Tech Transfer Team for Apiculture (ATTTA) has been created at Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. as a joint initiative supported by government, provincial beekeeper and wild blueberry associations, and wild blueberry processors. The majority of the project is funded under xxx, the five-year framework agreement for agriculture which is cost-shared 60-40 between the federal and provincial governments with contributions from the provincial commodity associations. The ATTTA team apiculturists work will be directed by an industry-led committee with their primarily focus being honey bee health, nutrition, diseases, pests and overwintering.

For more information, please contact:
Robyn McCallum, Apiculturist
(902) 896-0277