Category Archives: Farmers’ Institute

BC Good Agricultural Practices workshop April 12th at the Community Hall

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/

Neptune Grimmer – Ashton Ross-Smith Bursary recipients announced

The Pender Island Farmers’ Institute is pleased to announce that two students have been selected to share the Neptune Grimmer – Ashton Ross-Smith bursary. This bursary is for post- secondary studies in agriculture or related fields, such as business, science or environmental studies. Keenan Nowak, entering his second year at Quest University, is studying the physical sciences with an interest in environmental and earth sciences and engineering. He is currently stationed in Vanderhoof with the BC Wildfire Service, working in an attack crew to fight fires before they gain momentum and size. Keenan is an avid gardener and a long time Fall Fair volunteer. The other bursary recipient is Destin Laurencelle, a GISS 2016 graduate who will be studying business at SFU this fall. Destin started a business on Pender last summer, Student Landscaping, and he is looking forward to working on Pender with his business again this summer. Both Keenan and Destin were also excellent students, and we wish them all the best for a productive and successful academic year.

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 firhill@live.ca. 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

School Garden Project

seedy4This 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...

The Neptune Navy Grimmer / Ashton Ross-Smith Bursary

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.