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OUR MISSION

“Represent, promote and grow Manitoba’s organic sector through knowledge sharing, advocacy, and market development.”

OUR VISION

“A strong, resilient and united organic sector based on the foundational principles of organic agriculture- health, ecology, fairness and care.”

Our Commitment

• Grow the organic industry
• Shape the future of organics in Manitoba and Canada
• Positively impact organic businesses and farm operations
• Foster networking opportunities within the organic community
• Collaborate to support producers to learn & develop skills (best management practices)

Who We Are

Our Members

Certified organic entities in Manitoba are automatically members of the Manitoba Organic Alliance.

We also offer Association Memberships and Friends of MOA memberships.

Join Our Membership

The Manitoba Organic Alliance is excited to be a member of the Farmers for Climate Solutions coalition.

 

Board of Directors

The MOA Board of Directors is drawn from the organic value chain in Manitoba and includes livestock, grain, forage, dairy, poultry and horticulture farmers, and organic certifier, researcher, educator, buyer, restaurant, retail, consumer and certified organic processor representatives.

Elizabeth Karpinchick

Elizabeth Karpinchick

Chair

 P.Ag. CCA

I am a Professional Agrologist based out of St. Pierre-Jolys and provide independent consulting services to both conventional and organic farms. I specialize in integrated pest management, soil fertility and on-farm trials.

Organic agriculture pushes the boundaries of conventional thinking by proving what is possible. Critically thinking about how management decisions affect your crops and alternative management styles are the keys to success.

 

(Director since 2018)

Liz's field
Anne Kirk

Anne Kirk

Secretary, Podcast & Fundraising Committees

M.Sc. P.Ag. CCA

I am an organic grain farmer in Sanford, MB and also work as the cereal crop specialist with Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development. Prior to working at Manitoba Agriculture, I worked on the participatory plant breeding program in the natural systems agriculture lab at the University of Manitoba.

Organic agriculture requires approaching problems in a different way, and I enjoy the challenge of thinking about the whole farming system when it comes to making agronomic decisions.

(Director since 2019)

Anne's Field
David Forde

David Forde

Treasurer

I am a Chartered Professional Accountant, originally from Galway, Ireland, but now living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. For the past 5 years I have been working for Vita Health Fresh Market as Controller and member of the Executive team. I oversee the Finance, Administration, Human Resources, and IT departments.

Our mission at Vita Health is to empower people to live healthy lives. I believe that the promotion of regenerative organic agriculture has a fundamental part to play in making that mission possible.

(Director since 2021)

Ken Sabatier

Ken Sabatier

Director, HR Committee

Ken Sabatier has worked in the organic grain sector as general manager of an organic grain company, and currently manages an organic certified biological inputs company.  Ken brings experience to the board in international grain trading, and crop inputs production and marketing across North America. Ken and his wife Deanna currently reside at their hobby farm in the RM of La Broquerie.

Ken previously served as a MOA Board Member between 2012 -2018, and has served in a number of advisory positions with COTA and the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative.

(Director since 2022)

Feeding Grain
Jason Peters

Jason Peters

Director, Podcast Committee

I am an agronomist at Kroeker Farms/Poplar Grove Organics in Winkler, Manitoba. I work closely with our farm team to help produce a variety of organic crops including potatoes, hemp, small grains and green manures.

I’ve been involved in agriculture ever since I could see over the steering wheel in Dad’s tractor, and I continue to enjoy making connections with others and sharing ideas, particularly in the context of organic agriculture. When I’m not working, I enjoy running, camping and spending time with family.

(Director since 2020)

Jason's field
Royden Loewen

Royden Loewen

Director, Fundraising Committee

PhD

I farm north of Steinbach with my son Sasha on Millview Farm. We became a Certified Organic Farm in 2017 and grow hemp, wheat, sunflowers, oats and alfalfa. I’ve also served as the Chair in Mennonite Studies at the University of Winnipeg from 1996 to 2020.

I am especially committed to the idea of sustainable ways of farming within broad concerns with technological innovations, climate change, global food security and the integrity of the local, rural community.

(Director since 2020)

Soil Inspection
Laura Natrasony

Laura Natrasony

Director, HR Committee

I have been an organic crop, livestock, wild rice, mushroom and processing inspector since 2009. The inspection side of my life has given me opportunities to see the many ways that organic producers are working to improve soil health to grow food in the most sustainable and healthiest ways.

As an organic crop and livestock producer I’ve raised my family on our small farm near Fork River Mb. I am always interested in learning methods of production which mitigate the issues producers are faced with, while improving land health for future generations. Healthy food = healthier people.

(Director since 2019)

Roy's Wheat
Jay Brysen

Jay Brysen

Director

(Director since 2022)

Kim's Field
Dennis Hoeppner

Dennis Hoeppner

Director

(Director since 2022)

Roy's Wheat

Laura Telford

Provincial rep (non-voting)

Government representative

Jacqui Davidson

Federal rep (non-voting)

Government representative

Staff

Karen Klassen

Karen Klassen, PhD

Executive Director

In addition to being MOA’s executive director, Karen is a farmer, nutrition scientist, experimental gardener, traveler and fermentation enthusiast.

She moved back to Manitoba to farm with her dad on their (now) 4th generation family farm. They are just starting to transition some of the land to organic production and have loved learning about how farmers have a crucial role to play in food security and in mitigating climate change through agroecological practices.

Nadine Tonn

Program Coordinator

Nadine grew up on a small-scale, mixed-vegetable and flower farm founded by her great grandparents in 1872, Pine Ridge, Manitoba, Treaty 1 Territory.  With her education in Nutritional Sciences and Community Health Sciences, (MSc), Nadine  looks forward learning more about organic agriculture and connecting farmers with resources needed to grow community and productivity using sustainable practices for a greener future.

Core Values

Core values are the underlying principles or philosophies that guide the work of the organization. These values outline what is important and symbolize the organization’s beliefs. They help to create a strong internal culture.
● Teamwork & Relationship Building – We support each other and bring the organic community together to collaborate, network and achieve our goals.
● Transparency & Open Communication – We welcome two-way communication with members. We are committed to listen to diverse perspectives.
● Integrity – We make ethical decisions and operate with mutual respect, trust and accountability.
● Professionalism – We take pride in our work.