We are a chapter of Canadian Organic Growers. The COG was founded in 1975 by Peter McQueen as The Organic Gardeners and Farmers Association. Three years later, the name of the organization was changed to Canadian Organic Growers, and the number of people it represents nationally has grown from 54 to over 1600 members.
The Organic Food Council of Manitoba was formed in 2000, and is the only chapter of Canadian Organic Growers based in the prairies. For this reason, we offer a unique voice and mission, carrying out activities relevant to our local context. We are a registered charity with a diverse membership made up of producers, consumers, distributors, retailers, gardeners, artists, and entrepreneurs, among others.
OFCM promotes local, organic food through education and community building.
The mission of Canadian Organic Growers is to lead local and national communities towards sustainable organic stewardship of land, food and fibre while respecting nature, upholding social justice and protecting natural resources.
Strong relationships between growers, processors and eaters result in food that is grown, processed and distributed organically, sustainably and locally.
OFCM exists to:
- Promote Change
- Build Community
- Support Farmers
OFCM strives toward making people more aware of the potential health and environmental benefits of organic and other sustainably grown foods, and to support people who are trying to grow, process, store, and distribute these foods.
Janine Gibson, Chair
|Adolf Andres, Treasurer
Wanda Andres, Volunteer Coordinator
Adolf and Wanda Andres have been members of the Organic Food Council of Manitoba since its inception. Adolf was one of the founding members, and has been Treasurer for the last ten years.
The Andres's bring to the Organic Food Council of Manitoba a passion for local food self sufficiency, and for promoting healthy eating. They live near Lockport Manitoba, where Adolf grows most of the organic vegetables that he and his wife Wanda can, freeze, and consume.
Eric Rempel, webmaster
Eric is a retired agronomist who has recently joined the OFCM team.
Eric is convinced that conventional commercial food production are not sustainable, and that there is a need to preserve, increase and popularize the body of knowledge relevant to food producers who do not want to conform to the dominant industrial farming model.
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