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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?

How Do I Become a Member?

How Much Does Membership Cost?

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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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:

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  • 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:

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  • 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:

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  • 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


Corporate
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

PLUS:

 

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Thank you for your support!

 

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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!

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.

Manitoba Cost of Production

If you are a producer considering transitioning to organic we have a number of resources that will help you work through the economic projections.

Roy Arnott

  • Roy Arnott of Manitoba Agriculture gave this presentation at the Organic Transition Workshop at Ag Days. This is the PDF only. Sorry, we did not record this presentation, but the slides speak for themselves.

 

  • 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.

 

  • We have the presentation Roy made in 2016 Organic Transition Workshop on YouTube. Of course the numbers have changed a bit, but the underlying approach remains the same.

"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

 
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.

Levelling the Playing Field for Canadian Organic Food and Farming

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Collective Efforts Save Canada’s Organic Standards.

Announcement Jan. 26, 2018   More here.

Forage-Based Diets Produce Nutritionally Enhanced Milk

Holstein GrazingResearchers from a number of universities have found that cows fed a 100% organic grass and legume-based diet produce milk with elevated levels of omega-3 and CLA, and thus provides a markedly healthier balance of fatty acids.  The improved fatty acid profile in grass-fed organic milk and dairy products brings the omega-6/omega-3 ratio to a near 1 to 1, compared to 5.7 to 1 in conventional whole milk. Read more here.

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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