Amy Smith co-operates Heart Beet Farm in PEI. She was the first speaker at the opening panel “Investing In Farmland” during ACORN’s third annual Beginning Farmer Symposium. She tells the story of her coming to PEI and acquiring farmland, and discusses the overlapping considerations that new farmers deal with when seeking land for organic farming. Chief among her concerns were soil type and proximity to industrial potato farms on a five-day pesticide and fungicide application cycle.

The panel featured narratives from three relatively new organic growers from Quebec, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia, who shared their narratives about acquiring farmland with an audience of over 150 new and aspiring farmers. Here is her presentation during the opening panel.