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OUR MISSION

“A strong, sustainable and united organic community in Manitoba.”

The mission of the Manitoba Organic Alliance is to promote the interests of and address issues of importance to the organic sector, and to help create growth opportunities by promoting the benefits, integrity and development of the organic supply chain. We accomplish this mission by fostering communication between organic producers, certifiers, input suppliers, processors, marketers, retailers, packagers, and consumers; and by identifying and supporting initiatives, research and resources strategic to the growth of the organic industry.

OUR VISION

“To represent and support Manitoba’s entire organic industry.”

Our vision is to foster healthy, viable farms – the foundation of a vibrant organic sector – and to work for a diversified organic production system in Manitoba which provides for local food security, enhances export opportunities and contributes to sustainable economic development.

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

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
Alex Boersch

Alex Boersch

Director

M.Ag. Agribusiness

 

I farm together with my family in and around Elie, MB. I have a master’s degree in Agriculture from El Purpan in Toulouse, France. I try to use as much diversity through intercropping, cover cropping and alternative fertilizers to improve our land and crops.

I am also the Canadian distributor for Hatzenbichler (organic weed management machinery) and sell organic/regenerative fertilizers, biologicals and biostimulants within Manitoba.

(Director since 2020)

Feeding Grain
Kim Wilton

Kim Wilton

Director

I am an organic producer that joing the MOA board in 2019. My farm is called Four Sheaves to the Wind, located by St. Eustache, MB. I transitioned to organics five years ago out of a desire to grow food that I wanted to eat.

I work off the farm, serving as a military helicopter pilot. Besides growing food and flying, I enjoy tending my apiary and baking bread made from wheat that I grew. @foursheaves.

(Director since 2019)

Kim's Field
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
Lorne Lix

Lorne Lix

Treasurer

Lorne has spent numerous years in the animal feed manufacturing industry. He is based out of Winnipeg, MB.

(Director since 2020)

Laura Natrasony

Director

Laura is an organic inspector.

(Director since 2019)

Soil Inspection
Royden Loewen

Royden Loewen

Director, Fundraising Committee, Canadian Organic Standards Representative

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)

Roy's Wheat

Don Rourke

Vice Chair, HR committee

Don is a grain producer from Minto, MB.

(Director since 2020)

Laura Telford

Provincial rep (non-voting)

Government representative

Ginette Bazin

Federal rep (non-voting)

Government representative

Staff

Karen Klassen

Karen Klassen, PhD

Communications Development Officer

In addition to being MOA’s communications officer, 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.