This is the sixteenth year that the PIFI will be providing seeds and plants to all the students of Pender Island Elementary school to encourage them to garden and to participate in our Fall Fair. Each student will be given one tomato plant and one seed potato. As well, they can also grow zucchini, pole beans, bush beans and nasturtiums. It is our hope that they will grow these plants out to maturity and enter them in the Fall Fair in Section L (Young People’s Agriculture) either in the Garden Division or the Education Division or at least give them to their mother for a Mother’s Day Present! Read more...
Do you know a young person who is interested in agriculture and farming? They can apply for the Neptune Navy Grimmer / Ashton Ross-Smith Bursary which is valued at $500. The bursary is awarded by the Pender Island Farmers' Institute to those residents who are pursuing further study in an agricultural or related field, which may include biology, business, accounting, etc. Applications may be picked up at the Gulf Island Secondary School office or a letter of application with resume, transcript and letter(s) of reference may be sent to: Pender Island Farmers' Institute, Box 38, Pender Island, BC V0N 2M0 Neptune Navy Grimmer was born in Navy Channel in 1889, between Mayne and Pender Islands. He was raised on a farm and went to Guelph Agricultural College in Ontario for further studies in agriculture, which he put into practice at his farm in the Grimmer Valley of Pender Island. Ashton Ross-Smith purchased the Menzies "Valley Home Farm" in 1947, renaming it Ross Smith Farm, and he was very active in the Pender Island Farmers' Institute. All student applications are due April 3, 2017. Gulf Islands Secondary Students are to apply through the school. Post secondary applications may be sent directly to the Farmers Institute.
Spring is here and everyone is starting to think about getting the garden ready. Come to Seedy Saturday on Saturday March 19th at the Community Hall from 10:00 to 1:00. Learn about:
- Seed Saving with Dan Jason
- Beginners Gardening with Ben Kadel
- Companion Planting with Roland Maurice
- Pollinators with Lester Quitzau