We are a non-profit organization, committed to agriculture, farming and farmers in the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The Comox Valley Farmers Institute is an active and important contributor and advocate to the continued success of agriculture in the Comox Valley.
Join us at the Dove Creek Hall with Guest Speakers: Maurita Prato – Executive Director, Lush Valley Food Action Society, Coordinator of Comox Valley Food Policy Council and James McKerricher – Food Access Manager, Lush Valley Food Action Society, Member of Comox Valley Food Policy Council.
At our recent March 2022 AGM, we added 4 new lifetime members! Each of these members have made extraordinary contributions of time and talent over many many years to the CVFI and continue to be involved! We are grateful for your service and contribution Gerry and Val McClintock, Mike and Terri Huxham, Brian and Sandy … Continue reading New Lifetime Members
WHAT WE DO
The Comox Valley Farmers Institute…
- Is an active contributor and advocate to the continued success of all types of agriculture in the Comox Valley and acts generally on behalf of its members in all matters incidental to agricultural pursuits and rural development;
- Acts as a knowledge conduit that provides locally relevant information, workshops, and agricultural education events.
- Stays abreast of and keeps members updated of municipal and provincial government developments concerning agriculture.
- Holds regular monthly meetings with guest speakers to impart the theory and practice of agriculture;
- Hosts several social and charity events throughout the year (e.g.: Taste of the Valley, Equipment Auction, Harvest Supper).
- Manages two annual bursaries to students pursuing post secondary education;
- Maintains an active social medial presence through both a Facebook page and group.
There are Benefits to Membership…
- Voting Privileges;
- Provides networking opportunities to farmers in the Comox Valley;
- Receive emails, information and updates about mostly local, regional and provincial issues and at times, national and international issues;
- Mentorship opportunities to new farmers;
- The opportunity to borrow select CVFI-owned farm implements from our equipment Co-op;
- Participate in bulk purchases of products (such as fertilizer, lime);
- Sit and represent us on assorted local committees in the wider community, advocating for farmer’s interests at community, municipal, provincial and federal levels;
- Link and Advertise your farm and products on our website;
- List farm equipment and implements for sale on our website and/or facebook page.
Our membership ranges from about 80 to 100 members year to year. Many of our members have active and productive farms here in the Comox Valley. Click on the button below to see some of these farms, their products and their contact information. If you are a member, get in touch with us to have your information added.
Our Meetings are always held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7pm at the Dove Creek Hall (*unless otherwise notified).
We meet for the months of January through April and September through November. We DO NOT meet in May, June, July, August and December. Our Annual General Meeting is held in March.
As a member, you will receive by email, the meeting agenda a few days prior to the meeting and the meeting minutes usually within a week following the meeting.
Next Meeting: Tuesday May 17, 2022.
a) Maurita Prato – Executive Director, Lush Valley Food Action Society, Coordinator of Comox Valley Food Policy Council
Maurita believes that food systems have the ability to heal people, communities and the earth. She is the Executive Director of LUSH Valley Food Action Society for the last 5 years and Coordinator of the CV Food Policy Council. She previously worked as ED of LifeCycles Project Society, a Food Security organization in Victoria . She has a background in organic farming, school garden education, and outdoor recreation. She holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability. She loves living and raising her family in the Comox Valley.
b) James McKerricher – Food Access Manager, Lush Valley Food Action Society, Member of Comox Valley Food Policy Council
James is a local gourmand and a strict omnivore. He believes in the power of food as a community-building tool and is currently working as The Local Food Access Manager for LUSH Valley. In this position with LUSH he oversees operations of the various Food Access programs, including: the Good Food Box, and Fruit Tree and Farm Gleaning Programs. He is also the owner/operator of The Farmer’s Kitchen Food Truck, which is a collaboration with local farmers and chefs to bring creative and vibrant street food to the Comox Valley. Prior to working for LUSH Valley he spent several years working as a chef in the adventure tourism industry, and more recently has worked as a meat cutter and deli manager at The Butcher’s Block in Courtenay.
Information on Lush Valley Food Action Society: https://lushvalley.org/
Information on the Comox Valley Food Policy Council: https://lushvalley.org/cvfpc/about/
Time: 7:00 pm PST
Location: Dove Creek Hall (3400 Burns Road, Courtenay, B.C.)
The CVFI hosts numerous events throughout the calendar year. Some, such as our Taste of the Valley event give directly back to the community by donating proceeds to a local charity each year. Our next upcoming event is our Farm Equipment Auction held on April 9, 2022. Click below to see auction information and equipment for sale (not exhaustive).
The CVFI owns assorted farm implements and machinery that are available to borrow from our equipment co-op. Please click on the button to see what equipment we hold and our policies with respect to equipment borrowing.