MICHELLE CORTENS, M.Sc.
Tree Fruit Specialist
Michelle joined Perennia in September 2017 to support the growth and development of the tree fruit industry in Nova Scotia. She is a resource to producers in all aspects of conventional and organic horticulture systems for tree fruit crops including apple, pear, peach, plum, cherry, and tree nut.
Michelle 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.
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.
Her extension activities include responding to farm inquiries, conducting applied research, hosting production workshops & tours, and publishing factsheets and the Orchard Outlook newsletter. Michelle serves on production, research, and education-related committees. Whether or not you believe in fate, she was born on the International Day of Apples.