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Atlantic Food & Horticulture Research Centre

Contact Information

32 Main Street | 32, rue Main
Kentville, Nova Scotia | Kentville (Nouvelle-Écosse)
B4N 1J5

Tel: 902-365-8500   Fax: 902-365-8477


The Atlantic Food and Horticulture Research Centre is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) national network of 19 research centres. It is located in Kentville, in western Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley. It was established in 1911 to serve the needs of the rapidly developing agricultural economy of south western Nova Scotia, particularly the nascent apple and pear industry.

Today, research is focused on horticulture, functional foods, and post-harvest processing of horticultural products The centre also supports research in agri-environmental science and the identification of beneficial management practices in intensively farmed land. The centre is responsible for science activities in one of 9 intensively-studied watersheds in AAFC's WEBS (Watershed Evaluation of Beneficial Management Practices) program.

The AFHRC is a Minor Use Pesticide Program site, and is accountable for AAFC's only beef research program in the Atlantic Region, conducted at the Nappan Experimental Farm.

Core Services

The centre focuses its research in three key areas:

  1. Primary production and integrated crop production technology for the Atlantic region;
  2.  Food safety and quality;
  3.  Environmental stewardship: improving performance of the agricultural production system.


Specialized laboratories and facilities including:
- Small and large lab-scale controlled atmosphere storage chambers for fresh fruits and vegetables
- Modern equipment for the determination of fry colour and tuber sugars in potatoes
- Electron and light microscopes
- Quantitative Digital Image Analysis
- Chemical analysis and identification of bio-active and other selected components using chromatographic, selective detectors, immunoassay and biochemical techniques
- Plant volatile analysis using gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy / olfactometry
- Proteomic analysis of fruit
- Greenhouses
- Orchards
- Fields

How we work with industry

Project/proposal based

"Public" scientific literature and reports are available to industry free of charge. Some can be searched directly on the AFHRC website.

Funding Support

Agricultural Innovation Program, NRC IRAP

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115/28 researchers

Key Contacts

Director of Operations:    Dr. Mark Hodges (
Commercialization Officer:  Gilda Javellana (
Library Head:  Seana Collins (

Partnerships & Collaborations

Researchers co-located at Universite de Moncton and Dalhousie University, Agriculture Campus

One stop shop for Canada's food and bio-products industry.