Direct Farm Manitoba is a member owned cooperative that has brought together three organizations that have been supporting the small scale farm sector.
The former Farmers’ Market Association of Manitoba (FMAM), incorporated in 2007, forms the base that continues today with the farmers’ market members of Direct Farm Manitoba. In 2013 a Small Farm Working Group led by Dr. Wayne Lees was set up by the province to study support for the sector. The study recommended an organization be created to support small scale farmers. In March 2016 Direct Farm Manitoba was formed by extending the existing FMAM cooperative with the addition of Individual farm members. In 2014, a private initiative called Small Farms Manitoba was created by Kalynn Spain to provide a focus for farmers and consumers. As of January 2017, these three elements are joined together in Direct Farm Manitoba.
Direct Farm Manitoba is proud to be a member of Farmers’ for Climate Solutions (FCS), a national farmer-led coalition representing more than 20,000 farmers.
Direct Farm Manitoba is also a founding member of Canadian Farmers’ Markets, a coalition of farmers’ market associations building and strengthening local food systems across the country.