The province has launched a site designed to be a hub for farmers’ institutes from around BC.
“Farmers’ institutes members from across the province told me they needed a portal that would help them connect and share information with each other, access timely and relevant information and enable potential new members to connect with farmers’ institutes,” BC Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said in announcing the site to institute members.
The site [https://bcfarmersinstitutes.ca/] was one of the key initiatives planned following the first-ever conference of farmers’ institutes in Richmond last November. While institutes have a direct line of communication to the minister, there has never been a structure or platform for them to communicate or share information among themselves.
Superintendent of Farmers’ Institutes and regional agrologist Chris Zabek said the website allows for secure interaction between institute members, and allows the posting of documents, events and photos. Zabek has distributed details of how to use and register on the site to each institute by email.
The launch of the site comes in advance of a second conference of institutes, which is planned for November 29 in Richmond. Details on that meeting are forthcoming.