Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell presented the Coombs Farmers Institute award

Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell presented the Coombs Farmers Institute award

Coombs Farmers’ Institute celebrates a century

MLA Michelle Stilwell presented the group with some new signage in honour of the anniversary

  • Aug. 5, 2014 12:00 p.m.

The Coombs Farmers’ Institute received a Century Farm Award from the province last week to mark the group’s 100th anniversary.

Brought together in February 1914, the Coombs Farmers’ Institute started as a small group of producers dedicated to supporting and fostering local  agriculture. Today, the organization has 20 members ranging from poultry, mixed fowl, cattle and goat producers to forage crops, fruit, vegetable  and shellfish producers.

“Producers coming together to support local agriculture is a great way to  help sustain regional farming on Vancouver Island,” said Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell. “It is an honour to present the Coombs Farmers’ Institute with a Century Farm Award honouring the work that has taken place over the last 100 years.”

“Community agriculture deserves its own voice and we are delighted to be recognized for the work we’ve done and continue to do to support local farmers, their families and communities,” said Janet Thony, president of the institute.

— NEWS Staff/Province of B.C.