This page will be updated regularly with Notices of Interest to Members as well as a Calendar of Events.
March 9, 2021
The Directors have made the decision to proceed with plans for a Fall Fair on
September 18/19 2021!!!
See more details under Fall Fair.
September 28, 2020
It is with heavy hearts that we come out of the past weekend, knowing that our beloved Fall Fair had to be cancelled. As a tradition that has been part of this Island since 1896, we know that the Fair holds a special place in this community. Whether it’s seeing the joy in the kids’ faces at the zucchini races, enjoying a delicious slice of pie, or admiring the many exhibits, the Fair is always something to look forward to. While there have been many disappointments this year, we hope that we will be back next year for our 125th anniversary. In order for the Fall Fair to remain a part of our Islands future, the Farmers Institute is asking for your help. We have lost almost all of our revenue this year, but our operating expenses remain the same. You haven’t spent money at the Fair this year, so please consider donating that money instead. No amount is too small, and donations can easily be made by sending an e-transfer to email@example.com or by mailing a cheque to Farmers’ Institute Box 661, SSI, BC V8K 2W3.
Thank you kindly for your support, and we can’t wait to see you next year!
In appreciation from the Farmers’ Institute Directors
September 23, 2020 Rental space is now available.
Meeting rooms, exhibition hall and outdoor facilities are available for one time, weekly or monthly rentals. Maximum 50 people. See rates under Rentals.
April 30, 2020 Fall Fair Sept 19/20 2020 CANCELLED
After much thought, the Board of the Salt Spring Farmers’ Institute has decided to cancel the 2020 Fall Fair. Our next fair will be September 18/19 2021. We are following the announcement of Dr Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, that there will not be any mass gatherings in order to ensure that everyone in our community is safe and stays well during this pandemic. Our Fair attracts over 8000 visitors to the grounds over the weekend and is a collective place to meet and socialize with friends and neighbours. This celebration of our community is something to look forward to but realistically the safety and well being of our guests is more important.
We would like to thank all those who were planning on exhibiting, the vendors and community groups that rely on this venue for fundraising and the volunteers who help make this event possible. The revenue generated from the Fair allows the Farmers’ Institute to maintain and improve our facility so it can be rented for use by the community. We are putting together some fun ideas for fundraising that may be practical to achieve. We will keep you informed.
On a happy note, 2021 is the 125th Anniversary of our first Fall Fair. We will prevail through the current challenges and be ready to celebrate with gusto so mark your calendars now… September 18/19.. Looking forward to your involvement in 2021! In the meantime, please stay safe, stay at home and we all will stay well.
–The Fall Fair Board of Directors
April 27, 2020. Agricultural Response and Recovery Plan re Covid-19
All the information of this working group of stakeholders can be found on the Agricultural Alliance website www.plantofarm.org/covid-19/
March 31, 2020 Information on animal care during Covid 19
1. Items to consider for preparation on small animal farms. This suggests actions to take to protect your animals and your farm should you be infected.
2. Information from the Canadian Veterinarian Association on caring for your animals and pets if you are infected.