The long-running horticultural growers’ short course has undergone a fresh rebranding as it looks ahead to 2024.
Scheduled to run January 25-27, alongside the Pacific Agriculture Show at Tradex in Abbotsford, the Lower Mainland Horticultural Show will be one of three farm shows delivered by the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food in partnership with local organizers.
The name of the event, organized by the Lower Mainland Horticultural Improvement Association since 1958, underwent a change last year when the ministry stepped in as a delivery partner.
Rebranded as the Regenerative Agriculture and Growers’ Short Course, the event was presented by the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food in partnership with LMHIA and the Pacific Agriculture Show.
The trio will continue to deliver the educational program, while the Pacific Agriculture Show will continue to organize the trade show that runs in parallel with the learning sessions.
The new name for the educational program emphasizes the local focus and drops the “regenerative agriculture” moniker, part of a broader shift on the part of the province as climate change adaptation attains greater prominence.
Conference funding will be provided in part through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative which will also support the Islands Agriculture Show at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds in Duncan, February 2-3, 2024 and the Southern Interior Horticultural Show, at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, February 16-17, 2024.
The province picked up the shows in Duncan and Penticton following last year’s successful run with the Lower Mainland show.