November Pender Post 2016

Pender Islands Farmers’ Institute Report The Farmers’ Market will be taking a winter break until next year, and the Farmers’ Institute would like to thank the community for their support of the market, and the Community Hall for providing a venue, both outside (and inside when weather made it necessary).  We also appreciate the support of the vendors who provide a variety of homegrown and homemade products for our community.  We welcome feedback on the market so that we can improve it for next year: please send any input or suggestions to  To learn about the market and what is involved to be a vendor check out our website . The Farmers’ Institute would like to thank Kelly and George Leroux of Raven Rock Farm for their generous donation of flowers which brightened every corner of the fairgrounds this year, as well as the artful arranging by Islandscapes.  Kristin Taggart and her crew have quietly shown up each year the fair has been at the Hall to provide the finishing touches, whether it be bales of hay with bright sunflowers gracing the front of the hall or the stage, or delicate floral arrangements for the Information booth and the beer garden. We would also like to recognize those who helped with managing the recyclables and the waste from the fair.  Thank you, Pender Island Recycling Society for not only providing recycling stations, but also convening the Recycling Section of the Fair, providing cutlery and dishes for the BBQ, and educating the public, helping with takedown, etc.!!  Thanks also go to Mike and Anne Burdett of Pender Island Waste Management for donating their services to the Fair and handling the waste.  The Recycling Society and the Farmers’ Institute hope to have a Zero Waste fair next year, so let’s all think about how we can help make that happen. The final report of the 2016 Fall Fair will be ready for the December Pender Post.  Any suggestions for next year or feedback from this year may be emailed to