Pender Island Fall Report Farewell and Best Wishes to Natasha The Farmers’ Institute said goodbye to our business co-op student from UVic, Natasha Bhola, in August, as she heads to Sweden for a year at Stockholm University. Natasha was involved in organizing the Farmers’ Market and helping organize the Fall Fair this summer for her co-op program work experience. She enjoyed Pender Island and even spent a day at the Nu-to-You as a volunteer this summer, and she hopes to come back next summer as a volunteer for the Fall Fair! We wish her well in all her future endeavours. Nick Frappell, who has been helping with set up and take down of the market, will be filling in for Natasha for her Farmers’ Market duties while he attends UVic in the fall, and he also helped with fall fair set up, take down and the Kids Zone. We were fortunate to have such enthusiastic young people helping us this summer. District A Farmers’ Institute Meeting with Ministry of Agriculture Deputy Minister and Staff On June 28th five Farmers’ Institute representative from Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands and Powell River met with Ministry staff in Victoria. We discussed several key issues: Meat regulations impacts, wildlife/agriculture conflicts and predation, invasive species and their impact on agriculture, the potential for year-round covered Farmers’ Markets, and the importance of the community agriculture sector and how our sector can be most effectively represented to the Ministry. The Ministry representatives included the Deputy and Assistant Deputy Ministers of Agriculture, the Superintendent of Farmers’ Institutes, and the Operations Manager of the Meat Inspection Program in BC. The meeting was productive and ministry staff were helpful and receptive. Food Safe course – Thank to Paul Hutcheson for teaching a Food Safe course for our local community in July, and to Poet’s Cove for hosting the venue and providing refreshments.