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.

What We Do

2019 was a busy year for MOA! Here are some highlights about what we’ve been up to:

  • Annual Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) meeting in February – continuing to advocate on behalf of organic producers for improved risk management tools in this time of extremes. MOA has been instrumental in helping MASC implement organic crop insurance.
  • June 12, 2019 – MOA successfully received an Ag Action Manitoba Grant to produce the Grain on the Brain podcast and update our online resources to provide training opportunities to farmers to grow a competitive organic grain industry.
  • July 24, 2019 – MOA representatives attended Crops-a-palooza.
  • August 2019 – MOA joined Twitter and now have over 100 followers.
  • MOA wrote a letter of support for CAP research funding Struvite Research by Joanne Thiessen Martens at the University of Manitoba.
  • September 7, 2019 – MOA wrote a petition to support an organic grain levy and to use the funds build the organic grain sector through research and extension and submitted it to the Agricultural Producers’ Organization Certification Agency.
  • November 13, 2019 – MOA hosted “Getting the most out of every acre” Cover cropping workshop in Brandon.
  • January 24, 2020 – MOA hosted “Growing Hemp for CBD & Seed Workshop” at Brandon AG Days.
  • MOA was represented by Janine Gibson on the Organic Federation of Canada and on the Canadian General Standards Board 2020 Canadian Organic Standard Review

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 to get involved and have a say!

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.

Co-Chair, Liz Karpinchick

Liz is an agronomist with Tone Ag Consulting Ltd. out of St. Pierre-Jolys, MB.
(Director since 2018)

Director, Anne Kirk

Anne is an organic grain producer near Sanford, MB. .
(Director since 2019)

Director, Kim Wilton

Kim is an organic grain producer and farms near Elie, MB.
(Director since 2019)

Director, Laura Natrasony

Laura is an organic inspector.
(Director since 2019)

Director, Alden Braul

Alden is an organic hemp production specialist with Hemp Genetics International/Hemp Production Services.
(Director since 2017)

Director, Laura Telford

Laura is the organic specialist for the Province of Manitoba.
(Non-Voting Director)

Director, Jacqui Davidson

Jacqui is the Acting Senior Industry Development Officer for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
(Non-Voting Director)

Director, Patty Harris

Patty is an organic grain producer and farms near Stonewall, MB.
(Director since 2019)

Staff

Karen Klassen, Communications Development Officer

Karen Klassen

Manitoba Organic Alliance History

Recognizing the need for an organization to lobby and promote the sector in Manitoba, partner organizations OFCM (Organic Food Council of Manitoba) and OPAM (Organic Producers Association of Manitoba) came together to form the Manitoba Organic Alliance (MOA) in 2009. In 2014, MOA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with it’s founding organizations, outlining the roles of each of these organizations in collectively advancing the capacity of Manitoba’s organic sector. Under this agreement, MOA is the voice of organics, bringing the organic sector together to identify needs and develop solutions, presenting those solutions to government and coordinating projects. OFCM promotes the benefits of organic food and organic production to the general public and to farmers, through education, material, events and community building. OPAM offers certification services and collaborates on networking opportunities for farmers.

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