About Farmers’ Institutes in British Columbia

About Farmers’ Institutes in British Columbia

Farmers’ Institutes are rural organizations that are incorporated or continued under the Farmers and Womens Institutes Act RSBC 1996, Chapter 133. They have a long history in British Columbia with some Institutes in existence since the late 1800s. They are cross-commodity in nature and are concerned with most aspects of the farming industry and society from a community agriculture perspective. Farmers’ Institutes exist across BC and strive to serve the needs of the local agricultural community. They often act as a knowledgeable conduit to provide locally relevant information, workshops, and agricultural education events.

Under the Act, a Farmers’ Institute may be incorporated for one or more of the following purposes:

  1. To improve conditions of rural life so that settlement may be permanent and prosperous;
  2. To promote the theory and practice of agriculture;
  3. To arrange on behalf of its members for the purchase, distribution or sale of commodities, supplies or products;
  4. To act generally on behalf of its members in all matters incidental to agricultural pursuits and rural development; (e) to promote home economics, public health, child welfare, education and better schools.

For more information about Farmers’ Institutes please email: AgriServiceBC@gov.bc.ca.