Monthly Archives: April 2016

Pender Islands Farmers’ Market

Sponsored by the Pender Island Farmers' Institute, the Pender Island Farmers' Market sees local farmers, craftspeople and other vendors display Pender Island's best farm-fresh produce: vegetables, fruits, flowers, goat cheese, eggs, baked goods, jams and jellies, sushi, plants, art, crafts, jewelry, music and snacks! Open Saturdays, 9:30am to 1:00pm, Easter through Thanksgiving. NEW THIS YEAR - Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program with the Food Bank, the Health Care Society and the Child Care Society.  Thanks to the BC Association of Farmers' Markets and the BC Government.  Click here for more information  Contact the Pender Island Farmers' Institute, Market and Fall Fair

Scholarship and Bursary applications due in May

Two opportunities for Pender Island students that are going on to higher education: The Neptune Navy Grimmer - Ashton Ross-Smith Bursary valued at $500 which is awarded by the Pender Island Farmers' Institute for 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 Gulf Island Secondary School office or a letter of application with resume, transcript and letter(s) of reference sent to Pender Island Farmers' Institute, PO Box 38, Pender Island V0N 2M0 by May 31, 2016.  Applications may also be emailed to In addition, there is the BC Fairs Scholarship, which is due May 16, 2016.  The amount of this scholarship is $2,000.  The application is attached here, and it requires an essay.  2016BCAAFE_Scholarships

2016 Fall Fair – “Celebrating Local Food” with Guest of honour, Ellen Willingham

The Pender Islands Fall Fair this year is August 27.  The fair is sponsored and coordinated by the Pender Island Farmers’ Institute with the assistance of  volunteers and local donations. Proceeds from the Fair go towards improvements to the Fair, to the Community and Agricultural Hall and grounds, community groups, educational programs, the Neptune Navy Grimmer and Ashton Ross-Smith Bursary, Seedy Saturday, School Planting Day, and to the promotion and encouragement of agriculture on the Pender Islands.    Please contact Natasha Bhola at 250-415-7804 or Barbara Johnstone Grimmer at 250-629-3819 or 3817 or if you are interested in helping out at the fair.  No skills required. Our guest of honour this year is Ellen Willingham, past-president of the Pender Island Farmers' Institute, organic farmer, community leader and former fall-fair organizer and volunteer. This year we are profiling the Fred Smith Trophy, awarded to the first prize winner in the category "Bounty of the Penders".  Fred Smith, long time resident of North Pender, donated the trophy.  Fred passed away this year, so we hope that there will be many entries in this division in honour of Fred. NEW! To encourage everyone on Pender to attend, we will have "admission by donation" at the gate.  We will also have our catalogue online, so check out this website and Facebook for news on the Fair.
For more information on categories and entry requirements, check out the Pender Island Farmers' Institute website   New special categories "BC Fairs Members' Choice": Category #1 -(all ages)  HAND PAINTED GARDEN TROWEL (max length 14"), theme of a BC Dogwood Flower.  Purchase a garden trowel and with any type of paint decorate the metal surface of the trowel with the BC Dogwood flower.
Category #2 - (children 12 years and under) MINI SCARECROW (max height 14").  Recycle household materials to create a mini scarecrow to stake or hang in your garden.  Wire and/or string can be used to construct your project.
Category #3- (all ages) COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHY OF FARMING IN BC.  Create a montage using 4 photos (each 5" x 7") that illustrates the diverse range of products grown in BC.  Each photo must be mounted on a 6" x 8" black board and connected using either string, wire or ribbon to connect the photos for display.Special category for Fall Fair