ACO Obtains Accreditation

ACO was developed as a membership co-operative to meet a need identified by the organic sector of Atlantic Canada to have a regionally based accredited organic certification program. ACO was launched in March 2008 and commenced the accreditation process with CAEQ, a division of CARTV as its Conformity Verification Agency (CVA ). In August 2008 ACO assumed the certification services of the regions two certification bodies, the Nova Scotia Organic Growers Association (NSOGA) and the Maritime Organic Growers (MCOG).

Commencing in the 2009 certification year, ACO shall begin to offer accredited organic certification services to the organic sector of Atlantic Canada and thus provides a certification option of an accredited certification body that has its roots in Atlantic Canada and supports the local economy.

ACO has been accredited to the full scope of organic products covered by the OPR and over the next year it is the intention of ACO to expand its accreditation to include NOP.


2013
ACO Board of Directors

Ted Wiggans, Past President
Shepherd’s Garden
Harvey, New Brunswick
 
William (Bill) Young
BW Investments Ltd.
Northville, N.S.

Mike Beamish, Secretary
Beamish Orchard
Cornwall, Prince Edward Island
 
Arthur Davies
Emmerdale Eden Farm
Summerside, PEI
 
Wendy Southward
Point Prim Produce
Belfast, Prince Edward Island
 

Tim Livingstone, President
Strawberry Hill Farm
Pembroke, New Brunswick

Darlene Hill, Treasurer
Lazy Brook Farm

Danny Bruce
Bruce Family Farm
Bridgetown, Nova Scotia

Rupert Jannasch
Ironwood

2012
ACO Board of Directors

Ted Wiggans, Past President
Shepherd’s Garden
Harvey, New Brunswick
 
William (Bill) Young
BillBrook Vineyard.
Northville, N.S.

Mike Beamish, Secretary
Beamish Orchard
Cornwall, Prince Edward Island
 
Arthur Davies
Emmerdale Eden Farm
Summerside, PEI
 
Wendy Southward
Point Prim Produce
Belfast, Prince Edward Island
 

Tim Livingstone, President
Strawberry Hill Farm
Pembroke, New Brunswick

Murray Bunnett, Treasurer
Murray Bunnett Family Farm
Petticodiac, N.B.

Danny Bruce
Bruce Family Farm
Bridgetown, Nova Scotia

Charles Embree
Embree’s Tree-Ripe Organics
Port Williams, Nova Scotia

Alan Stewart
Stewart Organic Farm
Wolfville, Nova Scotia

2011
ACO Board of Directors

Ted Wiggans, Past President
Shepherd’s Garden
Harvey, New Brunswick
 
Tim Livingstone, Vice President
Strawberry Hill Farm
Pembrooke, N.B.

Margie Loo, Secretary
Elderflower Organic Farm
Belfast, PEI
 
Arthur Davies
Emmerdale Eden Farm
Summerside, PEI
 
Nan Newhall-resigned
Denma Farm
Halifax, Nova Scotia
 

Angela Patterson, President
Angelhoeve Organic
Glenmont, Nova Scotia

Murray Bunnett, Treasurer
Murray Bunnett Family Farm
Petticodiac, N.B.

Mike Beamish
Beamish Orchard
Cornwall, Prince Edward Island

Charles Embree
Embree’s Tree-Ripe Organics
Port Williams, Nova Scotia

Alan Stewart
Stewart Organic Farm
Wolfville, Nova Scotia