British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast has a long history of farming and agriculture based businesses. In 1915, 32 farmers in the Powell River founded a farmer’s institute to improve the conditions of rural life.
On October 23rd 2014, the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Area Plan identified the formation of a farmers’ institute as a strategic goal for the lower Sunshine Coast (Port Mellon to Egmont.
In 2018, group of Sunshine Coast farmers met about the proposed idea of creating a local farmers’ institute. At the Meeting, three questions where asked of the attendees:
- Do we want a Farmers’ Institute? 25 in attendance indicated yes
- How many people would become members? 22 people indicated they would
- How many people are willing to sit on the board? 7 indicated they would run for a position on the Board.
Five people came forward after the December 11, 2018 to be subscribers and complete the SSCFI application; Raquel Kolof, Robin Dutcher, Jill Hemmings, Shannon Vanderwoerd, and Steve Reed.
Our application was submitted to the Superintendent of Farmers’ Institutes and on December 20, 2019 our incorporation was granted and we became the Southern Sunshine Coast Farmers’ Institute.