Upcoming WEBINAR: Pesticide Re-Evaluation Updates for Fruit and Vegetables and Nova Scotia Weed Survey

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Please join us for the last session of our Getting Into the Weeds series.  This upcoming webinar is on Tuesday, April 7 from 1:00 - 2:00 and is on Pesticide Re-Evaluation Updates for Fruit and Vegetables and Nova Scotia Weed Survey.
In the last few years there have been a string of re-evaluations on pesticides, making it hard to keep up with the constantly evolving changes to pest management options. Gavin Graham, New Brunswick Minor Use Coordinator, and Peter Burgess, Perennia Integrated Pest Management Specialist, will discuss how this affects horticulture crops. At this session we will go over some of the recent changes in the last few years, some that are likely to come down the pike in the coming months, and how the process all works.  
The Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture have been conducting a rotating annual weed survey. Past surveys focused on corn, soybean, carrot, onion and strawberry. Information gathered from the surveys can be used to assess management practices, and determine changes in species composition and densities. This can prove to be important in identifying research needs and developing weed management strategies into the future. Angela Gourd, Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture Plant Protection Coordinator, will take us through the results from strawberry, onion, and carrot weed surveys.


Coronavirus: How Perennia is Adjusting How We Work

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

These are unprecedented times. At Perennia, so much of what we do involves connecting and interacting with our clients and other stakeholders. Effective, March 17, how we do that will be changing.

As community members, and as a team that cares about each other, our clients, our families and neighbours, we are taking steps to lessen the spread of coronavirus.  As such, working with our partners, we are cancelling all our in person training sessions and workshops. We will not be conducting routine farm or client site visits and will be conducting as much of our business remotely from home bases via phone, email, text and video-conference. We anticipate there could be special cases where on-site client work is required to ward off significant impacts on a client’s business. In these cases we will be assessing vigorously as to the risk in concert with the client. However, we reserve the right to not be on site as it is not business as usual. As things evolve, we will reassess.
Effective March 17th our offices are closed to visitors as an additional cautionary measure. Each office will have phone coverage and staff will be available by cell and email.
If you have a sample for analysis, we would ask you to follow this protocol:
Horticulture-related samples – please contact the appropriate specialist
Field crop-related samples – please contact the appropriate specialist
Cannabis samples – please contact Bloom Labs
Stay safe and take care of each other. We all need to do our part and Perennia is adamant that we will do ours by following the above practices.

Perennia, Coronavirus and our Clients:  please read how we are working differently:  www.perennia.ca/coronavirus
~ Perennia Management

Beyond the 3R’s – finding a path to sustainable packaging

Tuesday, February 25, 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

Monday, February 24, 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.

We’re looking for your feedback!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

At Perennia, we understand the important role food processors and farmers play in the growth of our local economy. We develop and deliver programs to support those in the agriculture sector to help them grow and take advantage of opportunities, so they can maximize their value.

We’re looking for feedback to help us better understand your needs so we can improve our programs and services. You may have received this invitation to provide feedback through the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture and if you’ve already filled out the survey, we thank you for your time. If you haven’t yet filled it out, we'd love to hear from you!

The survey takes less than 15 minutes and the deadline is February 21, 2019.

All responses are anonymous, only aggregate data will be reported. At the end of the survey, you will be offered an opportunity to enter a draw to win a $500 gift card. The personal information you provide will only be used for the contest and is not tied to your survey response.

Thank you,
The Perennia Team

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 Webinar "Food Safety Success - Are You Ready?"

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Join us on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 1pm-3pm where you’ll hear from members of Perennia’s Quality and Food Safety Team, Elaine Grant and Shelly MacDonald. Elaine and Shelly will give an overview of Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) requirements pertaining to fresh produce and how SFCR affects NS produce growers.

They will also discuss how to reopen the door to retail while meeting regulations and making it work for your operation. You will also be provided with an overview of the Nova Scotia Agri-Food Accelerator Program.

This session will be hosted as an online webinar, so you can watch from the comfort of your own home or a place that is most convenient for you! Register on Perennia's website.

Viewing parties for this webinar are being organized at several points around the province*.  If you are interested in seeing if there is a location near you, please contact Jill MacDonald and see the webinar on the Big Screen!

*Please note, this is only a viewing of the webinar which will be broadcast from another location. Questions can be asked to the speaker through the chat function during the session or can be emailed to Jen Haverstock at the end of the session for a response.