FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Pine Farmers Institute has donated $5,000 to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, which will go towards their Greatest Needs Fund.

The North Pine Farmers Institute was formed in 1923 as a community club, and by 1930 classification was given where any man who owned a farm, lived there, and gained total livelihood from the farm was able to be called a Bonafide Farmer.

According to a release from the FSJ Hospital Foundation, “their constitution, which was formulated in 1930, has stood the test of time and still remains their guiding principles today.”

The five principles of the North Pine Farmers Insitute are as follows:

A Crown Grant was filed in 1946 for the land and still belongs to the Institute. The organization has become the voice for necessary change in the community involving the transport of grain by rail, accountability of oil and gas companies dealing with farmers, rural roads development, and various other notable undertakings.

The organization purchased a Cargill elevator when they discovered it was going to be shut down. This gave farmers in the North Peace an easier route for grain transport to Dawson Creek or farther.

The Institute continues to advocate for local farmers and work with agricultural groups, including Viterra, who currently operate the grain elevator.

“Without a collective voice, such as ours, the future of agriculture in the North Peace will be faced with great challenges,” says the North Pine Farmers Insitute in a release.