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North Island College News: Farm Program in Port Alberni Serves as Model for Sustainable Agriculture

A partnership between NIC and the Port Alberni Shelter Society is helping to prepare a new generation of farmers.

"A market gardener training program, a partnership between Port Alberni Shelter Society and North Island College, will be turning what was a fallow field into a productive farm in the coming months," reports the Alberni Valley News. "Instructor Guy Langlois has all but filled the class with local students, youths who may be green at farming but keen to join a new generation of farmers.

The newspaper reports that the training program was established last year with a $94,600 grant from BC Rural Dividend, which assists rural communities of 25,000 or fewer people. More than a dozen youths (ages 15 to 29) have enrolled in the eight-month course and will begin classroom training March 18.

“Yes, they’re going to change the world,”  Langlois told the Alberni Valley News. “They’re going to change the community. We’re going to increase food production exponentially.”

 For full coverage, check out the story on the Alberni Valley News website.