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Welcome to Manitoba Organic Alliance online

MOA is a membership driven, non-profit association which unites and represents organic farmers, processors, buyers, retailers and researchers in Manitoba.  Founded in March 2009, the Alliance supports organics through leadership, networking, and development.

Our VISION is to foster healthy, viable farms – the foundation of a vibrant organic sector – and to work for a  diversified organic production system in Manitoba, which provides for local food security, enhances export opportunities and contributes to sustainable economic development.

The MISSION of the Manitoba Organic Alliance is to promote the interests of and address issues of importance to the organic sector, and to help create growth opportunities, by promoting the benefits, integrity and development of the organic supply chain. We accomplish this mission by:

  • bringing stakeholders and members together to discuss issues of mutual interest;
  • fostering communication between participants in the organic sector including producers, certifiers, input suppliers, processors, marketers, retailers, packagers, and consumers;
  • fostering external communications with partner organizations within agriculture and the food sector; and
  • identifying and supporting initiatives, research and resources strategic to the growth of the organic industry.

MOA is funded by the generous donations of organic supporters.  Our major sponsors are recognized in our publications and at events.

We thank all MOA sponsors!

For additional background on the Manitoba Organic Alliance, download a PDF copy of our  "About Us" brochure.



Here is a summary of what we have been doing recently:

When MOA was formed in 2009, many of the organic producers and processors in Manitoba knew each other, but there was no organization where these producers had a collective voice. Since then we have lobbied for, promoted, and been involved in the following:

  • the appointment of Laura Telford as the MAFRD organic marketing specialist
  • the proclamation of the Organic Agricultural Products Act
  • Worked with the MAFRD organic specialist, and hired a consultant to develop a Strategic Action plan for Organics in Manitoba. The consultant was Resilient Solutions Consulting. Funding came from Grow Forward. Their full report in PDF is available here for viewing or download. A significantly smaller version of that same report is available here.
  • Developed a Memorandum or Understanding with the Organic Food Council of Manitoba and the Organic Producers of Manitoba. The MOU seeks to clarify who does what. An exercise in the preparation of that MOU was a meeting facilitated by MAFRD Rural Leadership Specialists, Lavonne Kroeker and Leanne Tibbatts. This document emerged out of that meeting, and the document guided the formation of the MOU.
  • Hired a development consultant to help us develop a Membership and Fund Development Program. The consultant was The Velnes Group, and they delivered their final report on March 26, 2015. The PDF Report is available here for viewing and downloading..
  • is participating in the development of the Prairie Organic Development Fund (PODF), which is to be a more sustainable funding mechanism for the organic industry in the prairies.


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Thank you Marnie and team for your continuing support of organics in MB. Thank you for your recent gift to Dr. Marten Entz & the Natural Systems Agriculture program, celebrating 25 years of organic research in Manitoba!

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"Our Nature is Organic"  Activity Book

Have you ever wondered what exactly spelt is, or what those beautiful heritage tomatoesyou see  are called? Get your creative juices flowing while you learn more about organic production topics like ancient grains, pollination, heritage  varieties, biodiversity and more in this illustrated journey through organic production in Canada.

Content-wise this colouring and activity booklet is geared for children aged 9-99, and all ages will enjoy colouring the illustrations, while mom or dad help with the recipes or read  aloud the accompanying facts about  basic organic  production. Let's all get a little closer to understanding where our healthy food comes from while having fun! 

Download your copy of the activity book here.

Other new organic extension materials available

1. Green Manure Took Kit This free downloadable kit produced by the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada with funding from the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative has five modules that will help you understand green manures and how to choose the right green manure for your farm conditions. Click here to begin your green manure journey.

2. 2017 Manitoba Cost of Production for Organic Field Crops This important business tool will help you decide if growing organic cereals and oilseeds makes economic sense. Download the Excel spreadsheet and customize the numbers for your farm.

Check out the COG Lending Library! 

The COG lending library contains over 1500 titles on organic agriculture and related topics, in books, video and audio tapes, DVDs, articles and periodicals.  The resources of the lending library of Canadian Organic Growers are available to the Canadian public.  Items may be borrowed by mail free of charge.

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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

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  • organic market opportunities
  • organic news

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