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Celebrate Organics September 19-27!

Join in this September, when people from around Manitoba and all across the country get together to celebrate National Organic Week. It's a week filled with festivities, fun, and wonderful organic food -- all to raise awareness of certified organic farming and food production and it's many benefits for our environment and our health.

From farm tours to food tastings, from potlucks to ploughing workshops, there's something for everyone during National Organic Week! To find an event in your community, or to register your event, visit organicweek.ca.

 

We're Glad You Found Us!

The Organic Food Council of Manitoba and the Manitoba Organic Alliance work to grow the organic sector, gathering the vision and the resources to increase awareness, production and availability of organic food in Manitoba and beyond.

OFCM focuses on education about organics, connecting eaters with farmers, building public knowledge and encouraging a transition to organics. Learn all about OFCM here.

MOA is a collaboration of organic stakeholders - from researchers to farmers, processors to consumers, and all those in between. Members support project to grow organics, discuss issues and vote on actions to be taken to provincial and federal regulators. Learn all about MOA here.

Be sure to click on our sponsors’ logos too, located on the side bars, to find out more. We are all about growing organics in Manitoba!

Join us in our vision to unite Manitoba's organic sector!

 

You're in the right place if...

  • you're looking for Organic food

    • see our listing of all the organic farmers we know about
  • you want to learn about organics

  • you have something to say

    • visit the Manitoba Organic Alliance pages, join us, and make your voice heard

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Check out our new Classified Ads page. At the current level of sophistication it is easy to maintain and the software is free. However the potential is there for a more sophisticated page if there is sofficient interest.

BJN Image 300x279A new study carried out by Newcastle University has found that:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Concentrations of antioxidants such as polyphenolics were between 18-69% higher in organically-grown crops.
  • Substantially lower concentrations of of the toxic heavy metal cadmium were detected in organic crops (on average 48% lower).
  • Pesticide residues are four times more likely to be found in conventional crops than organic ones.

OatsGrain Millers, a major oat buyer in Western Canada, says no.

Richardson Milling, the largest oat miller in North America, says yes.

Read what The Western Producer says here. Be sure you read the comments.

PrairieOrganicsThinkWholeFarmThe Pairie Organic Grain Initiative and the University of Manitoba is planning a two day organic production conference for February 2016. Details are coming together. At this stage there is a call for sponsorers. Potential sponsorers should click here.

Under the Canadian federal system, it is against the law to label or represent a product as organic if it is not certified organic. A major commercial poultry producer in Ontario is being accused of falsified labeling on chicken sent to major grocery stores in Ontario and New Brunswick. It is alleged that products were “certified organic,” when they were not. Follow this scandel here.


COG logoAre you ready to take your organic growing skills to the next level? Check out the Practical Skills Handbooks series available through Canadian Organic Growers. Choose from a range of titles, including Crop Planning for Vegetable Growers, Organic Livestock Handbook and Growing Strawberries Organically. You can also save up to 37% on printed guides when you purchase an e-book version. http://cog-shop.myshopify.com/

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Organic Bytes is a monthly Newsletter assembled by Laura Telford, Business Development Specialist in Organic Marketing within Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. It includes

  • up-to-date organic grain prices
  • organic market opportunities
  • organic news

Organic Bytes

This is your link to the latest news particularly relevant to Manitoba and prairie residents involved in the organic movement. We have it here:

 

Current News

Archived News

Wed Jul 08 @ 1:00PM - 04:00PM
Glenlea Field Tour
Wed Jul 15 @ 5:30PM - 08:30PM
Ecological and Organic Farming Systems Twilight Tour
Wed Jul 22 @ 2:30PM - 04:00PM
Field Walk at Howpark Farms

We collect links to articles in various media that our readers think will be of particular interest to other readers. Check it out, read and contribute.

 

 

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