Free workshop for producers to learn about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) was on April 12th - 830 am to 4 pm, Pender Community Hall. Presented by Elsie Friesen, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Abbotsford. Thirteen people attended and received manuals. The BC Good Agricultural Practices Guide offers a whole-farm approach covering all aspects of crop and livestock production. It includes worker policies, farm building and access, equipment, water, cleaning, farm inputs, shipping, crops, livestock. This program is useful, and sometimes required, for sale of farm products at retail locations or in restaurants. Helps to expand market possibilities, assure customers of high standards of food and environmental safety. https://www.facebook.com/events/243564332770392/
We had a great response from the last Pender Post article, and are looking forward to another great Fall Fair! Good ideas to match the theme of “In Simpler Times”, and some new people to help lighten the load of organizing the fair. Many thanks to Matthew Vasilev who has volunteered to help organize the exhibits conveners. Matthew is already half way through the list, and he is also helping to put together the catalogue for this year. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-778-792-9114. If you were a convener last year and haven’t heard from Matthew yet give him a call so he knows if you are able to help again, or need help or a replacement (or changes to the catalogue). Thank you. We still have gaps for the organizing committee – entertainment, grounds set up – and still have to confirm volunteers from last year. Please contact Barbara Johnstone Grimmer at email@example.com or 250-222-3817 (cell) or 250-629-3817(day) or 3819 (evenings) if you are interested or want to let us know if you are available to volunteer this year. If you are reading this before March 31st, you are invited to the Farmers’ Institute AGM at the Hall on March 31– potluck at 6 pm, meeting at 7 pm – the Fall Fair will be on the agenda so if you are interested in helping out or volunteering for the organizing committee, please stop by. Everyone is welcome. Updates will be posted on our Facebook Page for the Pender Islands Fall Fair or our website pifi.ca. Information will also be available at the Farmers’ Market
The theme for the fair this year is "In Simpler Times", harkening back to the first Pender Island Fall Fair in 1932, 85 years ago. The 1932 fair had a budget of $100 with 50 cents as the admission fee for a family. There were over 600 entries that year and prizes included 48 pounds of flour, a side of bacon and a gallon of paint. This was a time before Islands Trust, BC Ferries, before electricity, before Magic Lake, and before the multiple community groups and activities. What would that be like? Come out and see, or better yet, help us create it! Originally sponsored by the Farmers’ Institute and Women’ Institute, the focus was and has been to promote and support agriculture. In the past, the government provided grants and evaluators for this purpose. In recent years there have been no government grants, and instead of educating farmers the emphasis for ag fairs is primarily to educate the public. Recent fairs on Pender have been supported by many Island groups and businesses and have grown in scope to celebrate our diverse community, but the burden of the organizing has shifted from a community-wide Fall Fair committee of the Farmers Institute, to a Farmers Institute board organizing committee. This has stretched the board too thin, as the fair has grown, in size, scope and expense. The budget and the entries are greater, and the attendance is larger than in the early years of the Fair. The Fair still retains its rural atmosphere and will hopefully continue to be a good example of the community cooperation and enterprise first begun by our elders, with some significant changes to balance the workload. To put on the fair requires a lot of work and time, and it is quite possible that the fair will be dramatically scaled down if there aren't enough volunteers for the organizing committee. Community groups with specific interest in the various competitive exhibits are asked to provide a volunteer to go onto the organizing Fall Fair Committee. Already the Recycling Society has offered to help make the fair a zero-waste event, in addition to providing their role in recycling on the day of the fair, providing dishes for the barbecue, and providing convener, judge and prize money and assisting in setting up their section for the fair. We would like to hear from the food vendors soon so that this zero-waste effort can be successful. If you are interested in helping in any aspect of the fair, think of what would interest you and how much of a time commitment you can afford, then please contact Barb at 3819 or 3817 or firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31. Thank you.
The Fall Fair 2017 Catalogue is used by those who wish to enter their produce, animals, products, and crafts in the Pender Islands 2017 Fall Fair on August 26th. The Catalogue gives details about the competitive areas that can be entered in every competitive section. Follow the links of each section to find details about the competitive areas you can enter. The 2017 catalogue is here: 2017 FALL FAIR CATALOGUE The entry forms are here: 2017-Fall-Fair-Entry-Form Section A: Floral http://pifi.ca/index.php/2016/06/24/section-a-floral/ Section B: Fruit http://pifi.ca/index.php/2016/06/24/section-b-fruit/ Section C: Vegetables http://pifi.ca/index.php/2016/06/24/514/ Section D: Beer and Wine http://pifi.ca/index.php/2016/06/25/section-d-wine-and-beer/ Section E: Dairy and Poultry Products http://pifi.ca/index.php/2016/06/25/section-e-dairy-and-poultry-products/ Section F: Food Preservation http://pifi.ca/index.php/2016/06/25/section-f-food-preservation/ Section G: Baking http://pifi.ca/index.php/2016/06/25/section-g-baking/ Section H: Needle Craft and Fibre Arts http://pifi.ca/index.php/2016/06/25/section-h-needlecraft-and-fibre-arts/ Section I: Applied Arts and Crafts http://pifi.ca/index.php/2016/07/08/section-i-applied-arts-and-crafts/ Section J: Fine Arts http://pifi.ca/index.php/2016/07/08/section-j-fine-arts/ Section J-1: Photography http://pifi.ca/index.php/2016/07/08/section-j-1-photography/ Section K: Livestock http://pifi.ca/index.php/2016/07/08/section-k-livestock/ Section L: Young Peoples Agriculture http://pifi.ca/index.php/2016/07/08/section-l-young-peoples-agriculture/ Section M: Poultry http://pifi.ca/index.php/2016/07/08/section-m-poultry-and-other-small-caged-animals/ Section N: Young People http://pifi.ca/index.php/2016/07/08/section-n-young-people/ Section O: Children http://pifi.ca/index.php/2016/07/08/section-o-children/ Section P: Preschool and Kindergarten http://pifi.ca/index.php/2016/07/08/section-p-pre-school-and-kindergarten/ Section Q: Special Categories http://pifi.ca/index.php/2016/07/08/section-q-special-categories/ Section R: Recycling http://pifi.ca/index.php/2016/07/08/section-r-recycling/