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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.

Liz Karpinchick

Co-Chair

Liz is an agronomist with Tone Ag Consulting Ltd. out of St. Pierre-Jolys, MB.

(Director since 2018)

Anne Kirk

Director

Anne is an organic grain producer near Sanford, MB.

(Director since 2019)

Kim Wilton

Director

Kim is an organic grain producer and farms near Elie, MB.

(Director since 2019)

Laura Natrasony

Director

Laura is an organic inspector.

(Director since 2019)

Alden Braul

Director

Alden is an organic hemp production specialist with Hemp Genetics International/Hemp Production Services.

(Director since 2017)

Patty Harris

Director

Patty is an organic grain producer and farms near Stonewall, MB.

(Director since 2019)

Laura Telford

Director

Laura is the organic specialist for the Province of Manitoba.

(Non-Voting Director)

Jacqui Davidson

Director

Jacqui is the Acting Senior Industry Development Officer for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

(Non-Voting Director)

Staff

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.