Farmers and Womens Institutes
Farmers and Womens Institutes are rural organizations that may be incorporated or continued under the Farmers and Womens Institutes Act RSBC 1996, Chapter 133. The Minister of Agriculture appoints the Superintendent of Farmers Institutes to administer this act, along with registration and annual reporting requirements.
They are cross-commodity in nature and are concerned with most aspects of the farming industry and society from a community agriculture perspective. The Act describes the objects for which farmers and womens institutes may be incorporated and provides a process for incorporation. It authorizes the appointment of a Superintendent of Farmers Institutes:
British Columbia Farmers Institutes strive to serve the needs of the local agricultural community, meeting monthly to identify and address issues of interest and concern to local farms, farmers, and agricultural stakeholders. Members also sit on committees in the wider community, advocating for farmers’ interests at community, municipal, provincial and federal levels. They offer regular workshops, farm tours, professional development opportunities, farmers markets, and social events to benefit farmers, farms, other agricultural stakeholders and the local community. For more information about Farmers Institutes please contact AgriService BC.
British Columbia Womens Institutes offer opportunities for interested women to become informed on a variety of family and community issues by community action and involvement, personal development, and networking with other women. There are learning opportunities from speakers, workshops, seminars and each other to gain awareness of current social issues, opportunities for self-improvement, leadership skills, self-confidence and new friends.