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The OFCM participated in the Dunnottar Water Awareness Day, held July 25. OFCM contibuted financially, Gerry Dube was on the planning committee, and Janine Gibson gave a presentation. Keynote speaker was Maude Barlow.

JanineMaudeGerry200Significant also from the point of view of this website, is that we are developing the capacity to record and post significant talks on this website. We recorded both Janine's and Maude's talks and you can view them.

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Apr 25, 2011 - Reminders: Community Forum & New Farmer Challenge

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Aug 31, 2010 - Celebrate Manitoba Foods

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Aug 04, 2010 - Interlake Interlude Farm Tour

Jul 28, 2010 - Food Matters Manitoba Farm to Cafeteria Project




February 13, 2012



Manitoba Farm Mentorship and Harvest Moon Society Unite for Farmer Training


Winnipeg - New farmers in Manitoba will have a larger selection of training opportunities available to them after the Growing Local Conference in Winnipeg later this month. Manitoba Farm Mentorship (MFM), which has been under the guidance of the Organic Food Council of Manitoba, has announced that it will join forces with the education wing of the Harvest Moon Society (HMS) based in Clearwater.  The two will amalgamate under the Prairieculture banner within the Harvest Moon Society to provide training and mentorship opportunities to new and existing farmers looking for knowledge about organic and environmentally sound farming practices.


Manitoba Farm Mentorship was developed in 2008 with the goal to increase the number of organic and ecologically stable farms operating in Manitoba.  Since then, the program has affected hundreds of new and experienced farmers in the province through farm tours, workshops, networking opportunities, and its flagship Exploring Your Small Farm Dream course.


The Harvest Moon Society, formed in 2001, has undertaken since its beginning to extend the knowledge of existing farmers in the Clearwater area at its yearly festival in September.  Since 2007, the society has actively been educating folks throughout the year with programs around permaculture design, forest gardening, pastured livestock enterprises, as well as teaching some organic gardening, vermiculture and leadership skills in area schools.


This merging of programming is an exciting advancement for training in Manitoba, as MFM workshops, courses and a number of mentor farmers are based in or near Winnipeg, and the HMS has been focused more rurally.  The new Prairieculture program will offer more extensive, province-wide programming to new, young, and transitioning farmers.  And, members of both organizations have committed to continue to create new workshops, courses and other learning opportunities. “We're incredibly excited to welcome MFM into our organization and especially to draw from the passion, expertise and energy of the staff and steering committee behind their diverse programming,” says Harvest Moon Coordinator Colin Anderson.

“Our two groups each have a lot to bring to the partnership, and can benefit from the other’s strengths and knowledge,” agrees Sharon Taylor, Coordinator of the Manitoba Farm Mentorship program.  “The agricultural expertise within the Harvest Moon Society, the marketing opportunities offered through their Local Foods Initiative, and the widespread network the group has developed make this partnership a natural step that will broaden the supports available to new and transitioning farmers in Manitoba.”


The executive committee of the Organic Food Council of Manitoba has also given their support to this merger.  Reflecting on the partnership, Janine Gibson, Chair of the Organic Food Council of Manitoba says, “The Organic Food Council has been proud to respond to the need for a farm mentorship program in Manitoba and has welcomed support from those who share this concern. The Executive Committee of OFCM will always be here to help this important program in whatever way we can, as we deepen our partnership work with the Harvest Moon Society.”


The partnership will be officially launched on Friday, February 24th, beginning at 7:00pm in the atrium of the Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex of the University of Winnipeg, 599 Portage Ave.  It will be an evening of celebration with young local talents Mika Cavers, Micah Erenberg, and DJ Lotek providing entertainment. Local farms and businesses including Half Pints Brewery, Rigby Orchard, Harvest Moon Local Foods Initiative, Harborside Farms and the Tier One winners of the Localvore Iron Chef Cook-Off have generously contributed to the event with drinks and the fixings for a late evening snack. Elements Restaurant, located in Richardson College also features local food and is offering dinner discounts to Growing Local conference attendees prior to the event.


Farmers and aspiring farmers, foodies, and anyone interested in knowing more about the local food scene are invited to attend the party. For more information, contact Manitoba Farm Mentorship at 772-3790.





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The Organic Food Council of Manitoba has been a chapter of Canadian Organic Growers since 2000, promoting the growth and accessibility of local, organic food. For over 30 years, Canadian Organic Growers has been bringing farmers, gardeners and consumers together. We rely on support from our members to continue our work in Manitoba and across Canada.


Why Should I Become a Member?

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Why Should I Become a Member?

Your membership supports our work on a national level through Canadian Organic Growers. With a $35 annual membership, you will also benefit from the quarterly publication The Canadian Organic Grower


Your membership with Canadian Organic Growers automatically makes you a member of the Organic Food Council of Manitoba, as long as you select OFCM as your local chapter.


Our local and national membership allows us to lobby government to access financial and political support for local, organic, and sustainable agriculture and food.



By joining OFCM-COG, you help develop and promote positive environmental, health, and social change in our communities through organic and sustainable farming.



How Do I Become A Member?

There are 4 ways you can purchase a membership:


1. Online. Visit the Canadian Organic Growers online store and scroll down to choose your membership contribution.The Organic Food Council of Manitoba is your local chapter.


2. By Mail. Download the PDF form here, print it out, and mail it to Canadian Organic Growers.


3. By Phone. Call the Canadian Organic Growers national office toll-free: 1-888-375-7383.


4. In Person. If you see our OFCM-COG booth at an event, ask for a membership form.




How Much Does Membership Cost?

Memberships are affordable - pay what you can! You can choose from a Roots, Shoots, Mighty Oak, or Corporate membership.



Roots: $1 - $35


Benefits of Roots Membership:



  • Support Our Work!
  • Monthly E-Newsletter
  • Vote at the Annual General Meeting
  • Chapter Affiliation
  • COG's Mail Order Library

Shoots: $35 - $249


Benefits of Shoots Membership:



  • Support Our Work!
  • Monthly E-Newsletter
  • Vote at the Annual General Meeting
  • Chapter Affiliation
  • COG's Mail Order Library
  • Receive The Canadian Organic Grower magazine
  • Discounts on COG Publications
  • Discounts on OFCM & COG Events


Mighty Oak: $250 or more


Benefits of Mighty Oak Membership:



  • Support Our Work!
  • Monthly E-Newsletter
  • Vote at the Annual General Meeting
  • Chapter Affiliation
  • COG's Mail Order Library
  • Receive The Canadian Organic Grower magazine
  • Discounts on COG Publications
  • Discounts on OFCM & COG Events
  • Recognition in The Canadian Organic Grower magazine

Membership: $100


Benefits of Corporate Membership:



  • Support Our Work!
  • Monthly E-Newsletter
  • Vote at the Annual General Meeting
  • Chapter Affiliation
  • COG's Mail Order Library
  • Receive The Canadian Organic Grower magazine
  • Discounts on COG Publications
  • Discounts on OFCM & COG Events




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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!

farm tours 2018

A large number of tours have been planned for this summer. You won't want to miss any, but can probably only make a few. They are listed here.

August Events, August 16 update

Investing in Organic Agriculture

This is a must read presentation advocating for Canadian government support for organic agriculture. Download the PDF here.

Canadian Organic Standards 2018

The Canadian Organic Standards have been updated. We have uploaded them and they can be seen here, together with a summary prepared by the Organic Federation of Canada. You should note also that there is a provision for feedback, and feedback is invited.

Other new organic extension materials available

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.

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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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