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History Of Organics In Manitoba

Organic farmers and processors have long recognized the benefit of organizations designed to support organic agriculture. In 1975 the Organic Gardeners and Farmers Association was formed nationally. Three years later it was renamed as Canadian Organic Growers or COG.

In 1988,

fourteen individuals with an interest in the future of organic agriculture in Manitoba established the Organic Producers Association of Manitoba. OPAM is an incorporated not-for-profit cooperative which provides organic certification services, unites the organic community and promotes organic agriculture in Manitoba.

In 2000,

a Manitoba chapter of COG was established and named the Organic Food Council of Manitoba.  OFCM is registered as a charity with a mission to promote local, organic food through education and community building. As organic sector grew, the need for an organization to lobby provincially became clear.

In 2009,

OPAM and OFCM partnered to found the Manitoba Organic Alliance (MOA) to be the “Voice” of the Manitoba organic sector. 

In 2014,

MOA, OFCM and OPAM signed a Memorandum of Understanding, outlining the roles which each of these organizations take in collectively advancing the capacity of Manitoba’s organic sector.