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Newsletter Archives

Nov 23, 2011 - 2012 Calendar Fundraiser

Oct 12, 2011 - Organic Week

Aug 17, 2011 - Summer Update

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

Apr 15, 2011 - Community Forum & AGM

Mar 11, 2011 - MOA AGM Has Been Cancelled

Jan 31, 2011 - Thanks For Your Support in 2010!



Dec 14, 2010 - Intern Posting

Oct 19, 2010 - Sharon Taylor Wins Golden Carrot Award

Oct 06, 2010 - Fresh Film Reminder

Sep 13, 2010 - Changes: Website Launch

Sep 07, 2010 - Green Lifestyle & Organic Living Show

Aug 31, 2010 - Celebrate Manitoba Foods

Aug 24, 2010 - Organic Aquaculture

Aug 17, 2010 - Farmers' Feast 2010
Aug 12, 2010 - OFCM News

Aug 04, 2010 - Interlake Interlude Farm Tour

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





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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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

June Events

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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