Reminders!!! Events and Funding Opportunities- June 27, 2023

Tuesday, June 27, 2023


Things start to slow down in the wild blueberry world as most of you already removed or planning to remove beehives from fields. Here are a couple of reminders to help you to plan your trips and things you can work on in the next few weeks before getting busy with harvesting again.




1.      WBPANS/ NSFA Field Session: Thursday, July 13 @ Kirkhill (near Parrsboro), NS


WBPANS and NSFA are hosting a field session on July 13th on Kirkhill near Parrsboro.

It is an afternoon session from 2-3 pm

This field site is a part of a larger Living Labs project, being administered by NSFA, that looks at ways to sequester more carbon in our soils.

This wild blueberry field site is looking at novel ways to establish shelterbelts that can act as a carbon sink but also provide other ecological benefits for the environment and production. Wind protection, snow retention and native pollinator habitat are all integrated in the design.

This is a 5 year project that will monitor benefits of the design and will allow growers to see the impacts first hand. This site was just established this year, but study leads will be there to describe the project and go over goals and answer questions.





2.      WBPANS 2023 Field Day: Tuesday, July 18 @ Queens County Exhibition Grounds, Caledonia, NS.

Please register online before June 30!




3.      Nova Scotia Power NS-NB Reliability Intertie

Wild blueberry growers may be interested in attending one of the upcoming open house sessions with Nova Scotia Power to discuss a potential upcoming project in your area and learn more about the NS-NB Reliability Intertie. This project includes a second transmission line twinning the current line to help provide reliable service, support the development of renewable energy in our province, and facilitate the export and import of clean energy.


To learn more, join them at one of the following locations:


Wednesday, July 5th - 2-8 pm Royal Canadian Legion, 74 Jackson Street, Oxford, NS


Thursday, July 6th, 2-8pm Business Innovation Centre, 5 Ratchford Street, Amherst, NS


Wednesday, July 12th, 2-8 pm, Wentworth Recreation Centre, 13572 Highway 4, Wentworth, NS


Thursday, July 13th, 2-8 pm, Lower Onslow Community Centre, 12391 Highway 2, Lower Onslow, NS.


NS Power Open House Invitation





Programs and Funding Opportunities


1.      Applications Open for Emergency Relief Grant for Individuals- Wildfires

Nova Scotians who lost income because of the recent wildfires in Halifax Regional Municipality and Shelburne County may be eligible for short-term financial support through the Emergency Relief Grant for Individuals.

Employed and self-employed Nova Scotians who are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) and those who had or are in an EI waiting period may qualify for this relief grant. The amount of the short-term emergency grant, either $275 or $550 per week, depends on the extent of the impact faced.

To be eligible, workers must not have been able to attend work, resulting in an interruption in income. They must either live or work in a mandatory wildfire evacuation area or were affected by business disruptions that happened because of the recent wildfires. People who are self-employed and unable to operate their business, permanently or temporarily, because of the wildfires may also qualify. Nova Scotia volunteer firefighters who helped fight the Barrington Lake complex or Tantallon wildfires, including Farmers Dairy Lane, and could not access paid voluntary leave from their employers may also be eligible.

Information on how to access the grant and eligibility is at: People with questions about the grant or application can contact an Employment Nova Scotia office at 1-877-223-0888.


2.      NSDA SCAP Programs- application deadline: Friday, June 30, 2023


The deadline for the Value Adding Equipment Program is this Friday, June 30, 2023. If you are considering a project and have any questions regarding the program, please reach out to your Business Development Officer (BDO) or Ag. Rep. to assist you with this program. The program application and guidelines can be found at Value-Adding Equipment Program.


The Agricultural Skills Student Bursary Program introduces agriculture to students as a career option and helps address the labour gap for agriculture producers in Nova Scotia. The program allows for students to develop business skills and learn about value-adding processes by working on registered farms. Let your summer students know about this program and look for the application in September.


The program opens on September 1st, 2023 and the application deadline is November 30th, 2023. You can learn more about eligibility for the program here!



3.      Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture Programs

Now, is a good time to check newly released programs and decide which programs would be a good fit to improve your farm productivity.


Programs which may be of interest to wild blueberry growers include: (Drainage) (Bio diversity and Habitat- species at risk enhancements, IPM )climate change adaptation - water supply, drainage, water quality, frost protection and weather stations; Product management – Chemical and fuel storage) (Small farms adopting specialized equipment and infrastructure)