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What is Passing on the Gift? 

"As people share the offspring of their animals – along with their knowledge, resources, and skills – an expanding network of hope, dignity and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe. 

Passing on the Gift creates a living cycle of sustainability that develops community and enhances self-esteem by allowing project partners to become donors." - Heifer International

 

Our Passing on the Gift Fund

Heifer has provided MFM with seed funds to start our Passing on the Gift (POG) fund. This fund provides bursaries to individuals needing financial assistance to participate in MFM programming. As the fund grows, we will begin making larger sums available as grants and loans to farmers for farm start up, expansion, research, and other activities.

 

MFM commits to investing 5% of revenue generated through our programming and fundraising activities to the POG fund. By the end of 2013, we expect to contribute an additional $4000 to this fund.

 

We need your help, please donate! We welcome contributions directly to the POG Fund as well as those that support MFM activities. Remember that 5% of all donations to MFM program activities will automatically support the POG fund. Contact us for information about how to donate.

 

People who receive POG funds, Passing on the Gift Recipients, pass on their gift with in-kind offerings (or cash contributions) choosing from a variety of creative ideas:

  • Offering practical and necessary help to new or experienced producers.
  • Offering training by leading an MFM workshop or presentation to future program participants
  • Becoming a farm mentor
  • Hosting program workshops, farm tours, or other events on his/her farm
  • Donating livestock, plants, or seeds to new farmers
  • Donating to the MFM POG fund
  • Volunteering for MFM


The number of hours or value to be passed on depends on the amount of funding requested and the purpose of the funding.  POG recipients must complete their pass on within 1-3 years.  The MFM Passing on the Gift Committee reviews and approves POG agreements.

 

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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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