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Growing the Market for Organic Food

Unlike some of our other Growing Up Organic (GUO) projects, the Organic Food Council of Manitoba (OFCM), COG's chapter and GUO partner in Manitoba, has focussed most of its energy on developing institutional markets - in particular day care centres and after school programs. There are several aspects to the program which include connecting institutions with local organic food sources, providing information sessions, educational materials, menu and recipe planning and organic farm tours. OFCM works one-on-one with childcare centres and schools and tailors the program to meet their needs.

How do I get involved?

If you are a parent, childcare provider, teacher, school administrator, farmer, producer, volunteer or simply interested in getting involved in the project, please contact the Manitoba Coordinator to receive more details about the program.

Childcare centres will review the project material and establish a trial period for commitment to the Growing Up Organic project.  We will then help integrate affordable organic food into the facility. 

Growing Up Organic now has 21 participating location. Each location participates by either ordering through a local distributor or purchasing organic food from Manitoba stores.  Locations order differing amounts, depending on factors such as budget, programming, and number of program participants. The goal of GUO Manitoba is to gain commitment to the program from 35 child care centres by year five of the project and we are well on our way to realizing that goal.

 Participating Locations

• Assiniboine Children's Centre School Aged and Assiniboine Children's Centre Inc
• Casa Montessori & Orff School Inc
• The Children's Centre
• Day Nursery Centre
• K.I.D.S. Inc
• LaVerendrye School Before and After School Program
• Provincial Employees Day Care (two locations)
• Taking Care!
• U of W Student Association (Soma Café)
• Whyte Ridge Before and After School Program
• Ecole Crane Before and After School Program
• Wolseley Family Place
• Art City
• Children's House Montessori
• Bairdmore Before and After School Program
• YMCA-YWCA Carpathia School Aged Program
• Chancellor Before and After School Program
• H.G.I. Kids Club
• Rockwood Kidspace

Contact us to find out how to add your centre to the list!

Growing Up Organic doesn’t only aim to get locally grown organic food onto the plates of children in Manitoba, we also offer up some fun and educational workshops and tours for participating locations.