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:
- To improve conditions of rural life so that settlement may be permanent and prosperous;
- To promote the theory and practice of agriculture;
- To arrange on behalf of its members for the purchase, distribution or sale of commodities, supplies or products;
- 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.