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Heifer International Canada

Our primary funder-partner is Heifer International Canada.  Heifer is more than a funder.  In addition to financial support, they provide resources, guidance, networking events, and personal assistance as needed. We are proud of our partnership with Heifer International Canada and pleased to participate in the Heifer tradition of Passing on the Gift

 

 

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 Passing on the Gift fund.  By the end of 2013, we expect to contribute an additional $4000 to this fund.  We need your help!

 

Golden West Radio operates eight radio stations throughout southern Manitoba offering community service radio, agricultural programming, news, weather, sports, along with mixed, country, and contemporary music. Golden West also supports MB organizations through matching funds and sponsorships for radio advertising.  For MFM, this is an exceptional contribution because it significantly increases our ability to reach a much wider audience.  Listen for MFM ads on AM1250, CFAM Radio 950 in Altona, CFRY 920 AM, 93.1 FM, and on CJRB Radio 1220 in Boissevain.

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acu_logo The Assiniboine Credit Union is one of our supporters for the 2011 New Farmer Challenge, which pays young interns to work on mentor farms.

 

 

Growing Forward

Funding for our 2010 farm tours, Intro to QuickBooks for the Small (Farm) Business and the December Small Farmer Get Together was provided by the Canada and Manitoba governments through Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

 

heritageharvestwithblackoutline Manitoba Farm Mentorship's Small Farmer Get Togethers are sponsored by Heritage Harvest Seed out of Carman, MB.

 

small farm canada Everyone who takes part in our Winter Curriculum will receive a copy of Small Farm Canada magazine!

 

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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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